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Rob Sheldon: Have a little pity for scientists scared of SJWs

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Our physics color commentator Rob Sheldon takes exception to my (O’Leary for News)’s post, “The Darwinians’ cowardice before SJW mobs explained in detail: They thought the mob was coming for someone else,

At least in part. He writes,

I thought the Aero article was the most honest I have met in a long while. It is one thing to boast about courage in the faculty lounge, it is quite another in the provost’s office. I have been cursed with both experiences.

It is easy to talk about cowardice, but what are you cringing from? If I stand at the edge of the Grand Canyon, and am taunted to move closer to the precipice, is it cowardice to refuse? Some people are wired to absolutely scorn fear of falling, and they can climb Yosemite with no ropes.

In comparison to them, I am truly a coward. But I will happily boast of my cowardice of heights, and few would disagree that Alex has a serious handicap that may shorten his life.

What about academia? Is it cowardice to value career over courage?

I would venture that the opposite of cowardice is not courage, or we would have to call the 19 hijackers of 9/11 courageous. No, the opposite of cowardice is hope. I have no hope that falling from a precipice will further social justice, world peace, or my career. On the other hand, I have hope that one day academia will change, and that my courage before the Provost will be another straw on the camel’s back. Hope is the recognition that no thing is eternal, that change is inevitable, that actions are consequential, that attitudes matter. In short, hope is the certainty of things not seen, the belief in the immateriality of the world, in the eternality of information.

The academics you so readily dismiss are not so much cowards as they are materialists.

Okay. But then what is the relationship between refusal to stand together against a common enemy and materialism? – O’Leary for News

The Long Ascent: Genesis 1â 11 in Science & Myth, Volume 1 by [Sheldon, Robert] Rob Sheldon is the author of Genesis: The Long Ascent

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See also: Jerry Coyne takes on the SJWs on male and female brains Coyne seems to believe that the New York Times would be interested in the facts of the case. His belief illustrates that, during the largest revolution in media history since the printing press, he has been doing evolutionary biology. Which is okay until he chooses to take on a media- and Antifa must-have like Cordelia Fine.

and

Is Darwinist Jerry Coyne starting to get it about SJW “science”? Ah, not a moment too soon.; Here is a perfect specimen of sp. SJW, Trollus inyerFACEus. We have certainly dealt with them. Coyne may find some in his own backyard.

One Reply to “Rob Sheldon: Have a little pity for scientists scared of SJWs

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    john_a_designer says:

    When it comes to academia, according to Heather Mac Donald, “identity politics is everywhere…

    “But the thing that worries me worries the most,” she said in a recent interview, “is what this is doing to our scientific advantage in the so-called STEM fields.”

    This is the science, technology, engineering and math. For a while, people who were optimist, thought, “Well, okay, you’ve got the gender studies here, you’ve got the women studies there, you’ve got the Chicano studies there,” it’s all going to stay put.

    Science will be the one realm that remains committed to meritocracy because we all understand, of course, that there no such thing as female physics. There is no such thing as Iranian physics. There is physics. There is math. This is the accomplishment of human reason that is open to everybody. Well, that was a false hope.

    Anybody that knew anything about university would have known, it is not safe, and now, you have nothing less than the National Science Foundation, a Federal agency that is the premier funder of basic research on college campuses that has itself been columnized by this poisonous identity politics.

    The National Science Foundation is spending billions of our taxpayer dollars funding gender theorists on college campuses to study so-called intersectionality and micro-aggressions in the STEM fields on the assumption that the only possible explanation for why we do not have 50/50 gender parity in our engineering departments and math departments must be by definition the result of sexism, that is the diversity delusion. That is the fundamental lie that we’ve been fed that any disparity in a representation whether it’s a gender disparity or race disparity must be the result of discrimination, and so our STEM fields now are obsessed with gender equity and race equity.

    https://www.foxnews.com/transcript/heather-macdonald-warns-us-colleges-are-breeding-hate

    It looks like it may be too late for a few brave Phd scientists to “fall on their swords.” All they’ll end up doing is committing professional suicide.

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