Commentary: Harvard, Claudine Gay & “The Silver Spoon Rule”

January 04, 2024 1 min read

Greg Lukianoff
The Eternally Radical Idea

Excerpt: The biggest problem with smart people is that they’re incredibly good at using their prefrontal cortices to rationalize what they want to believe in the first place. This is a well-documented phenomenon, and one you can observe yourself right now. Are you inclined to agree with me here? If so, you’re already forming rationalizations about why I’m correct. If you’re inclined to disagree, you’re reading this with an eye for poking holes in everything I’m saying.

And with Claudine Gay’s recent resignation amid mounting accusations of plagiarism, boy, is that rationalizing happening.

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