On Seeming Smart (and race, gender, age and class)

Eric has a great post up on The Splintered Mind about the phenomenon of what he calls “seeming smart” in philosophy– and its relationship to race, gender, age and class. (I’m sure there are similar things to be said about its relationship to disability issues, and although Eric doesn’t mention that I’m sure he’d be friendly to the suggestion.)

2 thoughts on “On Seeming Smart (and race, gender, age and class)

  1. His following comment seems to me to be so important:

    Student X actually ended up doing very well in the program and writing an excellent dissertation. I suspect that’s not because he started out with better tools but rather because he rose to his teachers’ expectations. There is ample evidence in educational psychology that student performance tends to shift toward teacher expectations.

    Of all the effects of bias, for someone who is going to spend the best part of her life involved in thought, the worst is that it costs one in the quality of one’s thought. Or so it seems to me.

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