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Berkeley scientist and center director resigns over MIT’s deplatforming of exoplanet scientist

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Further to the note Friday re Dorian Abbot’s exoplanets talk at Princeton — a talk banned at MIT because he’d offended the Woke somewhere else — a prof has resigned from U Berkeley, fed up, overall, with science being run by the Woke:

David Romps, director of the Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center (BASC), publicly resigned Monday over his concern that the school excludes scientists based on their political beliefs.

Laurel Duggan, “Top Berkeley Scientist Resigns, Says School Excludes Scientists Based On Political Views” at The Stream (October 19, 2021)

Romps had wanted to invite Dorian Abbot to speak at his school too but that turned out to be a no-no.

Note how little difference facts of science make in these matters — whether Abbot has anything to say that contributes to our knowledge does not matter of the Woke are displeased.

Darwinism was the original Wokeness in science — immune to fact-based critique. The people who thought that that didn’t concern them are now formally wrong. It’s everywhere now.

Big beneficiaries: The war on math and the war on science. Other beneficiaries?: Crickets.

Well, okay. Other beneficiaries will be Woke mediocrities, sending science down a hole of ineffectual Correctness.

Hat tip: Ken Francis, co-author with Theodore Dalrymple of The Terror of Existence: From Ecclesiastes to Theatre of the Absurd

2 Replies to “Berkeley scientist and center director resigns over MIT’s deplatforming of exoplanet scientist

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    polistra says:

    Now we’re starting to get somewhere.

    Open letters and petitions are meaningless. Protests only excite the psychopaths into more killing.

    Resignations by important people (who have not yet been canceled) are noticed by the rulers. A mass union-style strike, backed by union reserves to insure persistence, would make a real difference.

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    Truth Will Set You Free says:

    “Darwinism was the original Wokeness in science…”

    True, indeed. It is fascinating to see Darwinists (of every stripe) get cancelled by a more powerful “woke” crowd. I am actually enjoying this new development.

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