Biology is real, if not popular: Lone scientist squares off with social justice warriors
|March 1, 2018||Posted by News under academic freedom, Culture, Intellectual freedom, Intelligent Design, Naturalism|
Remember Heather Heying, wife and co-belligerent of Bret Weinstein in the science vs. snowflakes wars? Guess what happened when she tried saying in public what everyone knows?
On February 17, Portland State University held an event to discuss viewpoint diversity moderated by PSU philosophy professor Peter Boghossian, with a panel including former Evergreen State biologist Heather E. Heying, writer Helen Pluckrose, and former Google engineer James DaMore, who was fired in 2017 after writing a memo about the biological differences between men and women. When Heying spoke of the simple biological differences between men and women, some leftist activists hilariously threw a fit, rising up in protest and sabotaging the sound system as they exited.
Heying answered, “James argues, accurately, that there are differences between men and women. This is a strange position to be in, to be arguing for something that is so universally and widely accepted within biology. What is not as widely accepted is that culture is also evolutionary; but I’m going to argue that both biology and culture are both evolutionary. Let’s look at differences between men and women that are explicitly anatomical and physiological; are men taller than women on average? Does anyone take offense at that fact? I would say you could be irritated by it; you could be irritated by the fact that women have to be the ones who gestate and lactate; you could be irritated by a lot of truths—”
Because the green-haired protestor’s war, like that of all post-moderns, is with reality itself.
Wouldn’t it be nice if big science boffins recognized that the squall of toxic snowflakes reported here (future leaders?) are a much more serious threat to science than whatever Florida parents want. If not, others will need to dig out the snow shovel but the results will not be pretty.
Meanwhile, spare a thought for Heather Heying: The worst position to be in is hers: She is an xx but an actual scientist, not a pussyhat for science, a parasite demanding the resources of the body to feed itself while contributing little but demands and gripes. That wouldn’t be so bad except that the gripes are so often about the nature of reality. And science can do nothing but accurately reflect reality, not change it to suit them.
See also: Jordan Peterson — Do the Stitches Hold? Peterson became a public enemy to Correct, evidence-free Opinion for saying things roughly similar to what Heying did. I was surprised by the extent to which Peterson understands that the post-modern aversion to objectivity, which is killing the social sciences, is seeping into the harder sciences as well, offering the same promise: Social peace in exchange for intellectual suicide.
Biology prof Bret Weinstein’s persecutors face sanctions from Evergreen State College
More scientists wanted in government – but only if they are Democrats (progressives). One result of politicizing science like this is that the doubts raised are not an instance of the public “fearing” science. They’re what happens naturally when we begin to realize that the advice we are getting comes from an interested party…
The toxc snowflake squall begins at 20 min: