Since the march’s inception at the end of January, critics have repeatedly slammed the organizers for saying that the march should be about championing science, not mixing it up with politics.
So when it came to choosing public faces for the march, the organizers were struggling to figure out how not to screw up again.
“I love Bill Nye,” said Stephani Page, a biophysicist at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, who created the Twitter hashtag #BlackAndSTEM. Page was asked to join the march’s board in February after she tweeted criticism of its approach to diversity. “But I do feel comfortable saying to you what I said to the steering committee: He is a white male, and in that way he does represent the status quo of science, of what it is to be a scientist.”
Adding Hanna-Attisha and Villa-Komaroff, she said, “was an opportunity to put up a picture of science that did not just fit the white male image.”
These intense arguments about diversity in the march reflect a much broader debate about science itself. The institution that prides itself on its objectivity has always been plagued by questions over who participates in it, who it serves, and who it leaves behind. More.
Good news, Gorayshi: Objectivity is coming to be seen as sexist. So the problem of which you are complaining will resolve itself.
Good news and bad news: The good news is, staging a debate with Ken Ham wasn’t the reason Nye got sidelined. The bad news is that the reason he got sidelined shows how little these marchers have to add to science’s future. Copy Trigglypuff: Any barrel of foaming rage will soon have the right to be a scientist!
Read the rest of the story at Buzzfeed. It’s a chiller.
See also: NBC weighs in on Nye-Ham debate, actually quotes Steve Meyer
Bill Nye would criminalize dissent from human-caused global warming claims.
Social justice warriors hit engineering. This is what happens when scientists come to believe that consciousness is an illusion and objectivity is sexist. A friend notes that this trend will spread like a skin disease through the ranks of the people marchin’, marchin’ for science. Demanding more and more funding for less and less science. Convinced that the doubts they keep running into are merely prejudice…
Objectivity is sexist.
Marchin’, marchin’ for Science (Hint: the problems are back at your desk, not out in the streets)
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