The Point: The Science of Sensitivity Training

Studies show…that studies are often bunk. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

James Damore was fired from Google for sending a so-called “diversity memo” suggesting, among other things, that differences between men and women exist. Among the things Damore called for was an end to “unconscious bias training,” the sensitivity seminars large companies use to root out the racism and sexism employees don’t even know they suffer from.

Writing at the Wall Street Journal, Andy Kessler says the studies this training is based on are mostly nonsense. We shouldn’t be so quick to trust anything labeled “science.”

Back in 2015, the center for Open Science revealed that the results of 61 of the leading 100 psychology experiments couldn’t be replicated. Last year, a survey published in Nature found that more than 70 percent of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce each other’s experiments. More than half couldn’t even reproduce their own!

In other words, claims to “science” shouldn’t just be taken at face value. Ask questions. Find out more. Especially when it’s being used to push a social agenda.

Resources

Studies Are Usually Bunk, Study Shows
  • Andy Kessler | Wall Street Journal | August 13, 2017

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  • Phoenix1977

    “claims to “science” shouldn’t just be taken at face value. Ask questions. Find out more. ”
    Yes, please do.
    But allow yourself to be educated as well. In other words, don’t ask questions if you already know you won’t accept the answers.
    Educate yourself so you have the basic knowledge to interpret the answers you will get.
    And be critical, not only towards the researchers but also towards yourself, your surroundings, your religion, your own morals and the “facts” you have always assumed to be true.

    • Just One Voice

      Imagine that, something we agree on 🙂

      From what little I know of you on this forum, I imagine we’re both equally hard critics of claims to science. Taking research methods course for my graduate studies really shaped my paradigm; probably the best class I ever took.

      • Scott

        Couldn’t agree with this more… it’s how I came to faith.

    • Steve

      We know. You are the only one with facts, Phoenix. Everyone else is wrong because they don’t accept the whole LGBTQ… agenda.

      • Phoenix1977

        You said it, not me.