School Sucks Podcast #338: Scientific Consensus vs. Dissent (Part 3) – Disciplined Minds

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Part three in our series examining the concept of scientific consensus and contrasting it with the voices of dissenters who find value in minority scientific opinions, theories and conclusions. It will also ask the question: is there any way to bridge the gap? Darrell Becker will be co-hosting all episodes in this series.

Some selections from The Ultimate History Lesson: A Weekend with John Taylor Gatto

Darrell and I discuss Disciplined Minds : A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives.

See Brett’s notes here.

“My thesis is that the criteria by which individuals are deemed qualified or unqualified to become professionals involve not just technical knowledge as is generally assumed, but also attitude—in particular, attitude toward working within an assigned political and ideological framework. I contend, for example, that all tests of technical knowledge, such as the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), are at the same time tests of attitude and that the examinations used to assess professional qualification are no exception. I consider in detail how the neutral-looking technical questions on such examinations probe the candidate’s attitude.

The qualifying attitude, I find, is an uncritical, subordinate one, which allows professionals to take their ideological lead from their employers and appropriately fine-tune the outlook that they bring to their work. The resulting professional is an obedient thinker, an intellectual property whom employers can trust to experiment, theorize, innovate and create safely within the confines of an assigned ideology. The political and intellectual timidity of today’s most highly educated employees is no accident.”
-Jeff Schmidt, Disciplined Minds

Bumper Music:
“Church of the Poison Mind” Culture Club
“Making Plans For Nigel” XTC

Look Closer:

Darrell’s Site: Voluntary Visions –

Darrell’s Communication Glossary –

Scientific Consensus and the Argument From Authority –

T&H Trivium Resources –

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