“Developed by the psychologist Irving Janis in the early 1970s, the groupthink theory describes how a tight-knit, smart and well-informed group can suppress dissent and make disastrous decisions because of the pressure to agree.”
Our friend and colleague Nancy Pearcy has a good piece in Human Events taking off from a New Yorker attack piece on Michele Bachmann.
We have heard reports from prospective grad students in biology who are being asked during the interview process whether they have an opinion about intelligent design.
As an explanation of musical genius, this would be bewilderingly silly. Yet it’s the basic summary of a genre of breathless news items about the origins of life on earth.
Perhaps there should be some sort of qualifying exam.