The postmodernist left on campus is intolerant not only of opposing views, but of science itself.

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The postmodernist left on campus is intolerant not only of opposing views, but of science itself.

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First, They Came for the Biologists
The postmodernist left on campus is intolerant not only of opposing views, but of science itself.
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By Heather Heying
Oct. 2, 2017 6:40 p.m. ET

Who would have guessed that when America cleaved, the left would get the National Football League and the right would get uncontested custody of science?

The revolution on college campuses, which seeks to eradicate individuals and ideas that are considered unsavory, constitutes a hostile takeover by fringe elements on the extreme left. Last spring at the Evergreen State College, where I was a professor for 15 years, the revolution was televised—proudly and intentionally—by the radicals. Opinions not fitting with the currently accepted dogma—that all white people are racist, that questioning policy changes aimed at achieving “equity” is itself an act of white supremacy—would not be tolerated, and those who disagreed were shouted down, hunted, assaulted, even battered. Similar eruptions have happened all over the country.

What may not be obvious from outside academia is that this revolution is an attack on Enlightenment values: reason, inquiry and dissent. Extremists on the left are going after science. Why? Because science seeks truth, and truth isn’t always convenient.

The left has long pointed to deniers of climate change and evolution to demonstrate that over here, science is a core value. But increasingly, that’s patently not true.

The battle on our campuses—and ever more, in K-12 schools, in cubicles and in meetings, and on the streets—is being framed as a battle for equity, but that’s a false front. True, there are real grievances. Gaps between populations exist, for historical and modern reasons that are neither honorable nor acceptable, and they must be addressed. But what is going on at institutions across the country is—yes—a culture war between science and postmodernism. The extreme left has embraced a facile fiction.

Postmodernism, and specifically its offspring, critical race theory, have abandoned rigor and replaced it with “lived experience” as the primary source of knowledge. Little credence is given to the idea of objective reality. Science has long understood that observation can never be perfectly objective, but it also provides the ultimate tool kit with which to distinguish signal from noise—and from bias. Scientists generate complete lists of alternative hypotheses, with testable predictions, and we try to falsify our own cherished ideas.

Science is imperfect: It is slow and methodical, and it makes errors. But it does work. We have microchips, airplanes and streetlights to show for it.

In a meeting with administrators at Evergreen last May, protesters called, on camera, for college president George Bridges to target STEM faculty in particular for “antibias” training, on the theory that scientists are particularly prone to racism. That’s obvious to them because scientists persist in using terms like “genetic” and “phenotype” when discussing humans. Mr. Bridges offers: “[What] we are working towards is, bring ’em in, train ’em, and if they don’t get it, sanction them.”

Despite the benevolent-sounding label, the equity movement is a highly virulent social pathogen, an autoimmune disease of the academy. Diversity offices, the very places that were supposed to address bigotry and harassment, have been weaponized and repurposed to catch and cull all who disagree. And the attack on STEM is no accident. Once scientists are silenced, narratives can be fully unhooked from any expectation that they be put to the test of evidence. Last month, Evergreen made it clear that they wanted two of its scientists gone—my husband, Bret Weinstein, and me, despite our stellar reputations with the students they claimed to be protecting. First, they came for the biologists . . .

Science has sometimes been used to rationalize both atrocity and inaction in its face. But conflating science with its abuse has become a favorite trope of extremists on the left. It’s a cheap rhetorical trick, and not, dare I say, very logical.


Science creates space for the free exchange of ideas, for discovery, for progress. What has postmodernism done for you lately?

Ms. Heying is a former biology professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

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Re: The postmodernist left on campus is intolerant not only of opposing views, but of science itself.

Post by Mikgof » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:01 pm

"Who would have guessed that when America cleaved, the left would get the National Football League and the right would get uncontested custody of science?"

It is the right that denies the science of AGW. Despite scrapping all policy that helps alleviate AGW, they're still saying that it doesn't exist despite the fact that it no longers matters whether they accept the reality of AGW or not. So you've got both left and right outright objecting to science. It's, not a pick and mix. You don't get to choose what is true according to your religion or ideology.

This is why you have to import the vast majority of your higher ranking scientists and engineers. None of you actually believe in science. Spirituality and religion seem to be how you lot explain the working of the world. At this rate, you'll soon be deciding policy by astrology rather than facts. If you're not already doing it that is.

And before you say it, AGW is as accepted a fact as Evolution amongst scientists worldwide. But when 46% of Americans still believe in creationism it's little wonder that as a nation you reject science.
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Re: The postmodernist left on campus is intolerant not only of opposing views, but of science itself.

Post by Slappy » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:07 pm

AGW theory is just a weird religious cult based on lies, fake numbers, piles of taxpayer cash and manipulated computer models



City Journal contributing editor John Tierney joins John Stossel to talk about the politicization of science and how the dominance of left-wing thinkers in academia and the scientific community impedes progress.

For years, liberals have portrayed themselves as champions of science and maligned conservatives as anti-science. As Tierney points out, though, the Left’s opposition to important advances like genetically modified food and the study of human genetics (among others) has done much more damage than, say, conservative creationists, who have zero impact on scientific funding or decision-making.

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Re: The postmodernist left on campus is intolerant not only of opposing views, but of science itself.

Post by Mikgof » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:06 pm

AGW theory is just a weird religious cult based on lies, fake numbers, piles of taxpayer cash and manipulated computer models AGW theory is just a weird religious cult based on lies, fake numbers, piles of taxpayer cash and manipulated computer models

No. Established fact. Not even the most extreme could possibly suggest that the world isn't warming rapidly. The only serious argument was whether it was man-made or not. The Sun or volcanic action doesn't account for the amount and speed of this warming. If there is another natural process to account for this warming no one has come up with it yet.

It is an established fact. And why are any Americans still calling it false when under Trump they got everything that they wanted. No Paris accord, end of the Clean air act, increased subsidies to fossil fuels, the wholesale scrapping of most anti pollution regulations and massive tariffs on renewables? You can drop the pretence now. You won. What more do you want? A cherry?
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