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265. Meritocracy or Else | Dr. Adrian Wooldridge & Dr. Jordan B. Peterson

265. Meritocracy or Else | Dr. Adrian Wooldridge & Dr. Jordan B. Peterson

Update: 2022-06-272
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Dr. Adrian Wooldridge is a political editor at The Economist and author of the new book ‘The Aristocracy of Talent: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World.’


In this episode, Dr. Wooldridge and I discuss how his new book has been received, the history of meritocracy, how IQ testing shaped educational policy, group-based judgement, and the importance of defending liberal individualism. 


—Links—

Follow Dr. Wooldridge on Twitter: ​​https://twitter.com/adwooldridge

‘The Aristocracy of Talent: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World:’ https://amazon.com/Aristocracy-Talent...

More books by Dr. Wooldridge: https://amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/...


—Chapters—

[0:00 ] Intro

[1:06 ] Reviews of ‘The Aristocracy of Talent’

[3:47 ] Measuring the Mind, History of IQ Testing, & British Education

[7:22 ] 11+ System vs. the Modern Prolonged Educational System

[10:22 ] Workplace Selection Tests 

[11:58 ] IQ Literature & IQ Testing for the US Military

[14:55 ] Michael Young’s ‘The Rise of the Meritocracy’

[16:58 ] Pareto Distribution, Matthew Principle, & Creative Achievement Tests

[18:22 ] History of Meritocracy 

[22:43 ] Conflating Moral Worth with Intellectual Ability

[24:25 ] Conceptual Inadequacy & “Bell Curve Liberals”

[29:45 ] Blank Slate Argument & Ethnic Differences in IQ Testing

[34:59 ] White Working Class in England 

[37:45 ] Perception of Meritocracy in the UK vs. US

[42:21 ] Judging People as Group Members   

[48:17 ] Distinction Between Affirmative Action & Diversity

[51:36 ] Idea of Meritocracy as Propaganda for the Elite

[54:00 ] Openness of Competition of Examinations

[56:10 ] Foucault & the Complexity of Perception

[59:55 ] Social Justice, Economic Efficiency & Growth Rates

[1:05:35 ] Challenges to Western Dominance

[1:10:59 ] European Ladder of Opportunity & Plutocracy 

[1:14:32 ] Ethics: Levels of Analysis

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265. Meritocracy or Else | Dr. Adrian Wooldridge & Dr. Jordan B. Peterson

265. Meritocracy or Else | Dr. Adrian Wooldridge & Dr. Jordan B. Peterson

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