It’s Official: Leftist Researchers Lie

It’s Official: Leftist Researchers Lie. By Edward Dutton.

With a few glaring exceptions, such as the late James Flynn, Leftists are systematically less interested in the truth than conservatives. Or to put it more bluntly, they lie more often.

Thus a major research project has shown that, when findings in psychology have proven fraudulent, the findings almost always support Leftist ideology. …

An example of their dishonesty: the way in which their actions speak louder than their words. “I think all races have equal intelligence,” a Leftist will say in denying average IQ differences between whites, blacks, and Asians. But he will then speak to blacks more simply than to whites, implying that he believes black people are less intelligent. …

In contrast, conservatives will say “treat everyone equally” and so speak to blacks and whites in exactly the same fashion, regardless of perceived intelligence differences.

Another example: Despite their oft-stated affection for minorities, wealthy Leftists are often like Bill and Hillary Clinton, who live in overwhelmingly white Chappaqua, New York. A university education gave them all the right attitudes about minorities, as Joe Sobran quipped, and the money and means to move as far away from them as possible. …

So we shouldn’t be surprised to find that when an academic assembles research findings in psychology that do not replicate — often due to initial data manipulation and other dishonest techniques — they turn out overwhelmingly to be studies that purport to prove Left-wing ideas. …

The University of Bristol’s Gavin Leech’s ongoing “Reversals in Psychology” project has found precisely this trend…

Some examples of left-wing “research” that was wrong:

No good evidence shows “tribalism” forms around arbitrary characteristics, which would mean strong groups develop for purely environmental reasons. Social groups are a way of indirectly passing on genes, so even friends tend to be more genetically similar than chance would predict …

The evidence that “implicit bias” training helps combat “racism” is so weak as to be virtually meaningless, and the reliability of the test instrument is unacceptably low.

The “Pygmalion Effect” — that a teacher’s expectations improve a pupil’s performance, or colloquially, that a student will rise to the level of the expectations he is given — which would explain why “marginalized” pupils don’t do very well, is generally nonsense.

The evidence for “stereotype threat” — that individuals absorb a stereotype that their group isn’t good at something, which in turn makes them bad at it — is so weak as to be meaningless.

The concept of “multiple intelligences,” which suggests that everyone is “intelligent” in his own way — such as “emotionally,” athletically, or existentially — is inaccurate, and even the academic who proposed it in the 1980s now admits this.

Studies that find that IQ is mainly environmental, and can be permanently increased by environmental intervention, do not replicate and are “highly suspicious.” …

Universities are doomed:

Put simply, fraudulent, manipulated research is overwhelmingly conducted by Leftists. These results … suggest that universities — now dominated by Leftists — are no longer interested in the pursuit of objective truth, but instead are more interested in enforcing dogmatic compliance with leftist ideology.

Leftists are liars and if they take over universities, then research by academics can be expected to be lies. And this is exactly what’s happened.

We suspected, but it’s nice to see it confirmed by studies.

Meanwhile, Joanne did a post on the ongoing decline in ground-breaking papers: