Dr Jordan Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His main areas of study are in abnormal, social, and personality psychology. He has a particular interest in the psychology of religious and ideological beliefs, and the assessment and improvement of personality and performance.
For someone whose background is in psychology, I’m a huge fan of Dr Peterson’s works. So when I learned last month that Dr Peterson had his invitation of a visiting fellowship at the University of Cambridge rescinded, it came to me as something of a shock.
Prior to that, Dr Peterson described the fellowship as an ‘opportunity to talk to religious experts of all types for a couple of months’. Fair enough. Academia is supposedly for a diversity of thoughts.
And then, a spokesperson for Cambridge said that there was ‘no place’ for anyone who could not uphold the ever-so-important ‘inclusive environment’ of the University.
It soon emerged that Cambridge’s decision was due to a photograph with a man wearing an ‘Islamophobe’ shirt. Apparently, it triggered a lot of sanctimonious lefties.
Despite Cambridge’s insistence that their decision was made as a result of an academic review rather than student activism, it cannot be denied that the University is simply genuflecting to the tantrums of snowflake students, and in the process failing to notify Dr Peterson directly before they sent out a tweet about his rescindment.
Sadly, this is becoming all too familiar: Dr Peterson is just one of the many academics who has been penalised for having a conservative view.
Dr Debra Soh, also a Canadian herself, spent 11 years in the academia doing research on sex and gender. Dr Soh is a prolific researcher within her area and has her works published in many reputable scientific journals. It’s just so unlucky for her that she cannot play along with the idea that there are now 71 different genders – Apparently, to say that there are only two is not fashionable in academia.
It did not take long for Dr Soh’s works to be negatively influenced by political interference, so much so that she eventually left her role as a researcher and now works as a freelance science journalist.
There is also Professor Camille Paglia from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is outspoken on the current trend of gender insanity and the flaws of modern feminism. Apparently, her refreshingly politically incorrect critique is a threat to the groupthink within universities.
Just like in other societal domains, right-wing views in academia are being neutralised, if not outrightly suppressed. Lest those who hold them will be labelled as bigots, provocateurs, or far-right.
And why is this happening to intellectuals in academia? It’s because universities are heavily left-wing: In the UK alone, 8 in 10 university lecturers hold left-wing views. A report by the Adam Smith Institute revealed that the number of of UK academics who identify as liberal or who holds a left-wing view has been growing since the 1960s – ‘lackademia‘, as they call it.
Essentially, this overrepresentation of left-wing views within academia is the very reason why groupthink exists at universities. This is grossly destroying the integrity of universities, and any decent scholar should find that disturbing.
Universities hate Dr Peterson – along with other intellectuals – because the Left within academia thinks he is offensive. But he is not; it’s only because universities have become too politically correct.
Until universities begin to acknowledge this, we will continue to risk losing intellectuals – merely to satisfy the politically correct, liberal dogma.
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