Scholarly Comments on Academic Economics

Intellectual Hazard: A Liberal Selection of Quotations


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This article contains a selection of 97 quotations concerning hazards to intellectual integrity. The quotations are grouped under 16 headings: Lock-in of ideological sensibilities by age 25; Reverence of the powerful and longing for their favor; Unminding important things; Popular sentiments and approval; Escapism; The professional academic pyramid; Groupthink; Privileges of graduation make for cartels and social pyramids; Cynicism and acquiescence; Officialdom validates base thinking; Government force and funding; Pyramids validating one another; The pretense of knowing well enough to manipulate beneficially; Temptation of a governing-set selfhood; Taboo; A cycle of irrelevance and bad judgment.