A recent question was asking around the subject of WEIRD psychology [WEIRD standing for Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic — an acronym seemingly coined by Henrich, et al (2010)] and reading the Wikipedia article to find that out and get some understanding of the subject made me wonder if the concept of WEIRD psychology could have merit.
For the purposes of focus, let's take one aspect of the WEIRD category — Educated.
Would a person in Western society, educated at a lower level, be psychologically different to someone in Western society educated to the highest possible level?
To be precise in my meaning regarding psychological differences, ignoring the systems of education and assuming:
- nobody in either group are suffering from any psychotic disorders,
- both groups have the same powers of observation, and
- both have equal access to any required reference materials and advice from experts,
is there empirical evidence to suggest that one of the groups cannot form a sound and reasonable argument based on their knowledge of the world around them?
Maybe I am not using the correct search criteria in Google but I can't seem to find any.