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Welcome to The Psychology Podcast with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, where we give you insights into the mind, brain, behavior and creativity. Each episode will feature a guest who will stimulate your mind, and give you a greater understanding of yourself, others, and the world we live in. Hopefully, we’ll also provide a glimpse into human possibility! Thanks for listening and enjoy the podcast.

Mar 5, 2020

“There are very few people who have nothing of any value to say.” — Coleman Hughes

Today it’s great to have Coleman Hughes on the podcast. Coleman is an undergraduate philosophy major at Columbia University and a columnist for Quillette magazine. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, City Journal, and the Spectator.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Coleman’s initial plan in life to become a trombonist
  • Coleman’s early childhood education
  • Coleman’s transformation of his thinking about race
  • Coleman’s nuanced thoughts on intersectionality
  • Why we set up a norm against racial stereotyping
  • Is reverse-racism legitimate?
  • How the main message of the civil rights movement is often ignored today
  • Coleman’s humanistic perspective on race
  • Coleman’s criticism of the woke mindset
  • What makes sense about the woke mindset
  • Looking at things from the perspective of police officers
  • Understanding the causes of the underrepresentation of African Americans in gifted education programs
  • The moral imperative to enhance cognitive development of people in the bottom of society 
  • How racial categories can mislead us
  • How people underrate the value of local programs and community to solve problems of racism
  • Why policy shouldn’t look at racial disparities
  • The important distinction between culture and race
  • Why focusing on racial disparities (assuming that racial disparities are a proxy for well-being) is a mistake
  • Coleman’s vision for the good society