Features

The State of the Campus and Women’s Self-Censorship

The academy is under attack. Or so it seems. News stories seem to come in almost daily reporting academic witch hunts, disinvitations, demands for no-platforming, words that must not be used, ideas that must not be expressed, obstructive and violent protests, calls for firings and forced resignations at universities across the Anglophone world. The recent […]

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For You, Postmodern Sympathizer

This is a continuation of Lawrence Belluci’s reflections on postmodernism, which he first wrote about here. In this article he addresses a criticism that defenders of postmodernist and post-structuralist thought often employ.  *** As the interest in the debate surrounding postmodernism grows outside of academic confounds, more and more examples of postmodern “scholarship” are being […]

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The Curious Case of Jordan Peterson

Few have reigned as steady and strong a champion of free speech as well as an opponent of political correctness as University of Toronto professor of psychology, Jordan Peterson. Over the years he has attracted a host of followers in his crusade against identity politics, postmodernism, and campus orthodoxy. Additionally he has been able to earn an impressively high honorarium through […]

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My Experience in a Postmodern PhD Program

About four years ago, I applied for a PhD program in a top university in a Brazilian city that will remain unnamed. Having spent all my life in the Brazilian educational system, I was very aware how prevalent the so called postmodernist writers were in my country’s colleges and universities. People like Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze and […]

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Truth Doesn’t Depend on “Power”

In one debate after another on any issue with regards to religion, race, gender, or fairness, there is one maxim of faith you’ll hear repeated over and over again with an evangelist’s zeal: objective truth doesn’t really exist. And what we hear to be the truth is merely based on power – power invested in the state, […]

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Features

My Apostasy from the Church of Critical Theory

In 1997 I earned a Masters degree in psychology from Duquesne University, a Catholic university in Pittsburgh, PA. At the time, Duquesne was one of only a few schools in the country with an emphasis in existential phenomenological psychology that was also accredited by the American Psychological Association. So, off I went. Twice a week, […]

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Postmodernists Don’t Understand Evolutionary Psychology

“Racist Wilson, you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide.” — A member from the International Committee Against Racism (prior to dumping a pitcher of water on E.O. Wilson’s head), 1978 *** When speaking to evolutionary psychologists, it isn’t uncommon for them to lament and rail against the disparities between their perspectives and that of […]

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What You’re Attracted to Isn’t “Socially Constructed”

In recent years, many individuals on the political left have been earnestly conveying the message that what a person is attracted to (i.e. mate preference) is entirely constructed by the environment. Their reasons for doing so seem sincere. Take for example, the oft-cited connection between the media’s portrayal of female standards of beauty and eating […]

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I Am a Minority and I Prohibit You

I am a minority and I prohibit you from culturally appropriating my native culture. I was born in India, hence, I prohibit you from stealing my culture, eating any foods that are representative of that region and engaging in my practices. But wait I have a reason. I have several: Since the British colonized, destroyed, and […]

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Science | Tech

Postmodernism’s Troubled Relationship with Science

It might be a bit of an understatement to say that the election of Donald J. Trump has caused a lot of anxiety in the US science community. There is concern that the President-elect might decide to defund entire programs in areas such as climate science. There is also concern that he will fail to push […]

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