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
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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.
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.