Keith E. Stanovich

Keith E. Stanovich

Keith E. Stanovich is prof emeritus of applied psychology & human development at UofT & lives in Portland, OR. His latest book is: The Bias That Divides Us: The Science & Politics of Myside Thinking.

The Need for Rationality in a Hostile World

The Need for Rationality in a Hostile World

A Review of Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters by Steven Pinker. Viking, 432 pages (September 28, 2021). “Academic Writes Engaging Book for the Masses.” Now there’s a shocking headline. Totally man bites dog. Oh, oh, scratch that. It’s not man bites dog

Keith E. Stanovich
Keith E. Stanovich
15 min read
The Social Science Monoculture Doubles Down

The Social Science Monoculture Doubles Down

Over the past 18 months, a number of significant events have occurred that were interpreted through two entirely different worldviews: COVID–19 lockdowns; rise of the BLM movement; the riots and violence in major cities; the US election process and its aftermath; and vaccine safety. Many influential commentators believe that

Keith E. Stanovich
Keith E. Stanovich
17 min read
Psychology
The Bias that Divides Us

The Bias that Divides Us

As we sit here over six months after the initial lockdown provoked by COVID-19, the United States has moved out of a brief period of national unity into distressingly predictable and bitter partisan division. The return to this state of affairs has been fuelled by a cognitive trait that divides

Keith E. Stanovich
Keith E. Stanovich
19 min read
Identity
What Is the Tribe of the Anti-Tribalists?

What Is the Tribe of the Anti-Tribalists?

Near the end of a much-discussed podcast in May entitled Identity & Honesty, Sam Harris and Ezra Klein have the following telling exchange: Ezra Klein: You have that bewildering experience because you donʼt realize when you keep saying that everybody else is thinking tribally, but youʼre not, that that is

Keith E. Stanovich
Keith E. Stanovich
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Long Read
Were Trump Voters Irrational?

Were Trump Voters Irrational?

In September 2016, in collaboration with my colleagues Richard West and Maggie Toplak, I published a book titled The Rationality Quotient. In it, we described our attempt to create the first comprehensive test of rational thinking. The book is very much an academic volume, full of statistics and technical details.

Keith E. Stanovich
Keith E. Stanovich
25 min read
US Election