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Bob Jones University prez fires back at Swamidass re doxxing creationists

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Readers will remember Joshua Swamidass’s argument in Wall Street Journal that students from creationist universities should be stigmatized by having that fact noted in their transcripts (irrespective, one supposes, of merit). Here’s a response from BJU’s president (mostly paywalled but you can read this and more for free):

Proof of our high standards and scientific norms: BJU students regularly score above the 90th percentile on the Medical College Admission Test and are admitted to graduate programs at leading research universities. And our alumni employ next-level science in hospitals and research labs nationwide.

Steve Pettit, “Science and Creationism in Serious Colleges” at Wall Street Journal

But that’s just the problem, Steve. They can’t get your students on lack of competence so they have to engage in covert viewpoint discrimination. Swamidass is suggesting a means of proceeding along those lines.

Dr. Swamidass’s “compromise”—excluding credit from courses presenting evidence for multiple models—would marginalize outstanding scientists with biblical viewpoints about origins. We prefer that adherents to both creation and evolution models continue to coexist as neighbors, friends and, yes, science educators in our pluralistic nation. It does not appear Dr. Swamidass truly shares this desire.

Steve Pettit, “Science and Creationism in Serious Colleges” at Wall Street Journal

Well, maybe he doesn’t. And why should he? If no creationists are allowed to compete, non-creationist dunces will win more prizes. Some think that’s how life should be.

Science won’t win but as things dumb down even further, who will even know that?

See also: Josh Swamidass on the need to single out and punish creationists. One key effect of Cancel Culture is the elimination of competition by citing grounds that are irrelevant to performance. As Klinghoffer puts it, employers “will wish to know if they are about to take aboard a creationist in a science-related field. For example, a pediatric nurse oncologist, caring for little kids with cancer, while believing that the world is under 10,000 years old.” Someone with “Correct” views on the age of Earth will be deemed more acceptable even with fewer gifts in pediatric nursing. It’s a recipe for Virtuous underperformance.

3 Replies to “Bob Jones University prez fires back at Swamidass re doxxing creationists

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    polistra says:

    You’re not going to get into the establishment. Stop trying.

    You have to create your own counterestablishment, with lots of money and facilities available for unorthodox and competent researchers. When the unorthodox establishment starts pulling away some of the best students from the orthodox, things may change…. but at that point things won’t NEED to change because the unorthodox academy will be doing all the good science. You can tell the orthodox to f off.

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    bornagain77 says:

    In other news, Darwinists continue their brutal suppression of anyone who dares stray outside the so called “national norms”, (as Dr. Swamidass affectionately calls them in his Q and A), of indoctrinating students with the pseudoscientific propaganda of Darwinian evolution.

    Cancel Culture in Science – March 22, 2021
    This is another of the over 200 cases I have documented where secular society has suppressed academic freedom and allowed unfettered indoctrination of Darwinism. If Darwinism is factual beyond doubt as its supporters contend, they would not need to censor the opposition. Science progresses only when evidence is king and debate is not only allowed but actively encouraged. This is especially vital in the college setting. After his course was canceled, Professor Hedin eventually left Ball State University and now teaches at Biola University in La Mirada, California where he now has academic freedom to continue teaching honors students.

    Dr Bergman has published 3 books of true stories of careers ruined by Darwinist censors. (“Slaughter of Dissidents”, Silencing the Darwin Skeptics, and Censoring the Darwin Skeptics), Volume III includes chapters on methods the censors use for ensuring opposing views are not seen or heard in libraries, the news media, and bookstores.

    Moreover, If anything should ever be ‘canceled’ for not being a real and testable science, it is Darwinian Evolution itself. As I’ve said numerous times before, Darwinian evolution is more realistically classified as a pseudo-science, even as a religion for atheists, rather than ever being classified as a real and testable science.

    Excerpt: “In short, when Darwin published his book, and in regards to inductive reasoning itself, Darwin did not do, or have, any original experimental research that would actually establish his theory as being scientifically true. i.e. Darwin had failed to use the scientific method!
    And now, over a century and a half later, the situation still has not changed for Darwinists.
    To this day, Darwinists still have no experimental research that would rigorously establish Darwin’s theory as being scientifically true,
    In fact, at practically every turn, the scientific evidence itself actually contradicts, i.e. falsifies, Darwinian theory.,,,”

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