09/14/2018

Peter Thiel: Groupthink On College Campuses Is A Major Issue [Watch]

Tom Ciccotta, Breitbart

Tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel argued that groupthink is a major issue on college campuses during an interview with Dave Rubin this week.

During an interview with Dave Rubin, Peter Thiel spoke about the current intellectual culture on college campuses.

Thiel cited a theory by one of his college professors, who argued that humans have a tendency to form their views on the basis of the views of those in their community. “One of the professors I studied under at Stanford is René Girard, he’s a cultural critic, philosopher, literary theorist, brilliant guy,” he continued. “He had this mimetic theory that people imitate each other, they copy each other, they are much more prone to fashion… One of the metaphors he had for a lot of the sort of more politically incorrect professors at Stanford was that they all thought they were in the French resistance but if they had lived in Vichy France they would all have been collaborators.”

“The self-understanding is that they are super courageous independent thinkers, that they would have been in the resistance in France, but if you ask them what the views are that they have, its the same views of everyone around them,” Thiel explained.

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