19 October 2009

Speaking Of Academic Elitists

"Academic elitism suggests that in highly competitive academic environments only those individuals who have engaged in scholarship are deemed to have anything worthwhile to say, or do. It suggests that individuals who have not engaged in such scholarship are cranks. It is possible, though, to value serious scholarship without being an academic elitist, of course . . . The peer review of academia process is occasionally cited as suppressing dissent against 'mainstream' theories (part of an overall system of suppression of intellectual dissent). Some sociologists of science argue that peer review makes the ability to publish susceptible to control by elites and to personal jealousy. Reviewers tend to be especially critical of conclusions that contradict their own views, and lenient towards those that accord with them."

Sound familiar? More here.

Case in point. (Be sure and read the comments).

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