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Larry Krauss at Quillette on Woke science

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Readers may remember Larry Krauss, a prominent atheist physicist who got deplatformed recently by MeToo and is trying for a comeback, writing on academic freedom issues and the
war on science:

This week, Scientific American, once a rigorous scientific publication, published an opinion column by several young scientists known for their campaign to call a “scientific strike” against racism following the death of George Floyd. The authors advocate changing the name of the James Webb Space Telescope because Webb, a former NASA administrator, was administrator when the federal government did not adequately respect LGBTQ rights. Webb is not incriminated as a racist or bigot, but as a servant of bigots. So who do the authors suggest that the telescope be named for? If encouraging diversity is the issue, perhaps it should be named the Vera Rubin Space Telescope, after the deceased astronomer who in the 1960s and ’70s provided some of the first compelling evidence of dark matter in our galaxy. Or perhaps the Jocelyn Bell Burnell Space Telescope, after the astrophysicist who, as a graduate student, help discover the first pulsars in 1967 and who some claim was overlooked when the Nobel Prize was awarded to her supervisor. Instead, the proposal is to rename the telescope the Harriet Tubman Space Telescope. Why? Not because Tubman might have made any contributions to astronomy, but because she was a conductor on the Underground Railroad that helped free black slaves in the South, during which she “likely used the North Star” to navigate to freedom.

Lawrence M. Krauss, “Science Goes Rogue” at Quillette

It’s hard to see how all that Virtue will help young members of minority groups today make their way in science, as opposed to creating window dressing jobs for Wokesters. But maybe the window dressing jobs are the point of this sort of exercise.

A friend draws our attention to this item and this one, which help account for why Krauss decided to shift his focus a bit. Okay. The Mad Woke desk will definitely give him something to do.

See also: Larry Krauss returns as a free speech warrior.

5 Replies to “Larry Krauss at Quillette on Woke science

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    polistra says:

    I don’t know why anyone on any side still listens to Krauss. He has done tremendous damage to the basics of science for many years, and he has also apparently offended the Wokesters with “sexual” stuff. He must still hold a few powerful blackmail cards in his hand.

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    BobRyan says:

    When ability is placed over ideology, you get Three Mile Island. When ideology is placed of ability, you get Chernobyl.

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    chuckdarwin says:

    Actually, Krauss has a great monthly podcast, The Origins Podcast, with top notch guests, one of his most recent being 2020 physics Nobel laureate Andrea Ghez. Previous guests include Martin Reese, George Church, Sheldon Glashow, Noam Chomsky and AC Grayling. Not exactly back bench, and a place, contra Uncommon Descent, Evolution News and Mind Matters, where actual real science is discussed. You should check it out….

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    bornagain77 says:

    Chuck Darwin, if you knew what ‘real science’ actually was, you would certainly not be a Darwinist.
    Darwinian evolution is not now, nor has it ever been, a real and testable science

    Darwinian evolution is not now, nor has it ever been, a real and testable science
    .https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/josh-swamidass-on-the-need-to-single-out-and-punish-creationists/#comment-725934

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    EDTA says:

    >”Scientific American, once a rigorous scientific publication,”

    He’s even behind the curve on that one. This site said that last year when they made an endorsement for President!

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