In this case, the kids did not want to hear Charles Murray. Seems like they did not want to hear fresh ideas. Fresh, thought-provoking ideas are threatening.
If you do not want to hear new viewpoints and new information, what are you doing in school? Murray is always interesting, because he is one smart dude who just follows his data wherever it leads. I have no doubt that he is smarter than those arrogant students. As with Sen. Moynihan, it was data that led Murray from Lefty to Centrist.
To learn, one must become humble because new ideas and new information disrupt comfortable biases. Disruption of biases is uncomfortable.
As the Barrister notes, it seems that today's college students have no desire to hear fresh ideas, something they're supposed to be exposed to in our institutions of higher learning. As the Barrister writes, "Fresh, thought-provoking ideas are threatening."...
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