There are opinions that are required in most of academia (and government, press, etc), if you want to keep your job (or ever be invited to parties). Naturally, most of them are false or silly: what would be the point of requiring people to avow things that were obviously true? That would be like an initiation rite that consisted of eating an ice-cream cone. Of course, they can only require public support, not real private belief: as yet there is no “sincerometer”.
In a previous post, a correspondent mentioned famous environmentalists that privately buy into our hypothesis on Ashkenazi IQ – I know one of those myself. That’s the sort of thing I’m wondering about – there are of course others. I don’t necessarily think that such people are incredibly common – really, I don’t know – but I would be interested in hearing of other examples. Famous is good, but really funny is perhaps even better. Mainly I’m curious.
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