Those of us who want our science free of ideology can only stand by helplessly as we watch physics, chemistry, and biology crumble from within as the termites of Wokeism nibble away. I once thought that scientists, whom I presumed would be less concerned than humanities professors with ideological pollution (after all, we do have some objective facts to argue about), would be largely immune to Wokeism.
I was wrong, of course. It turns out that scientists are human beings after all, and with that goes the desire for the approbation of one’s peers and of society. And you don’t get that if you’re deemed a racist. You can even be criticized from holding yourself away from the fray, preferring to do science than engage in social engineering. (Remember, Kendi-an doctrine says that if you’re not an actively working anti-racist, you’re a racist.)Jerry Coyne, “Science “studies” helping bring down science” at Why Evolution Is True
Jerry … Can we talk? So you never suspected that anything was wrong when you yourself were persecuting people who had legitimate doubts about Darwinism? It’s really hard for the rest of us not to notice that stuff.
I (O’Leary for News) had an accidental run-in with Krauss about a dozen years ago when I commented on something he had said at a conference I happened to be attending in northern Ontario (no, really).
I am reprinting it here from May 30, 2009:
In a recent post, “Science at the end of the world: Lawrence Krauss addresses the 2009 Sudbury, Ontario, meeting of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association”, I doubted his “particle physicist” prescriptions for science journalism.
Essentially, he thought a lot of problems would be cleared up if we started with the assumption that there is only one side to many science stories. Well yes, it would simplify matters, but …
He also thought it his duty to tell us his opinions on many issues in religion and politics.
I pointed out here that it is the duty of a journalist to seek a variety of perspectives on an issue. I followed that up by talking about the scientists who spoke at the conference who truly impressed me: He who knows something gains respect. He who knows everything …
In fact, my complaint was precisely that there was too much about religion and politics in his address – to say nothing of altogether too much certainty about a universe where we only know about 5% of the total mass.
Here is what I said in reply:
As I pointed out in a recent post, it was Krauss who brought up a lot of dreck about religion in his talk Sunday night – after I had listened to real science all morning at Dynamic Earth!
In fact, those scientists, unlike Krauss were humble in the face of the facts, and never claimed that they knew all that he claims to knows about the cosmos, as well as government, school systems, et cetera.
They certainly restored my faith in science.
Krauss isn’t fooling anyone. That’s why he grouses that Canada is beginning to fear science (= fear listening to people like him instead of people like the SNO Plus physicists).
He then went on to reply again, saying the same sorts of things:
I spent a fair amount of time trying to specifically discuss inherent tensions in science reporting, and then explain what he have been learning about the universe.. and even pointed out the key things we don’t understand.. I had not met ms o’leary before but she does a disservice to journalism by her reporting.
He did spend a fair amount of time on science reporting (to no good effect, in my view) and on key things we don’t understand – but with a level of certainty and an admixture of religion and politics that seemed quite out of place to me. Especially because – as noted above – the whole thing had been done much better, earlier in the day, by a local physicist.
Well, I was not going to bother with this any more because if my In Tray were a work of nature, it would be formally classified as a natural disaster. However, Dr. Krauss also went to Uncommon Descent, where I am a community blogger, and posted similar comments. He complains of “inaccuracies and distortions”.
Again, I replied:
Dr. Krauss does not – in my view – clearly understand that journalism is the first draft of history.
No one who practises the craft should start out knowing exactly who is right and who is wrong. It is never as simple as that, and approaching it that way is a good way to be wrong.
And the more things one is absolutely certain of, the more likely one is to be wrong.
My sense is, Dr. Krauss probably isn’t used to people who analyze what he is saying seriously, especially when he is prescribing for fields other than his own.
In reality, a great many of the people at that conference were science communication bureaucrats on government salary. They do not need to think about the problems of news reporting in the way that I do.
Anyway, I am now going back to the ol’ In Tray, all the heavier for new stories from the Sudbury meet.
See also: Humanity killing the Universe? (More of Dr. Krauss’s views)
Some day, the Darwinians will discover freedom of religion. In the meantime, let them find out what no freedom feels like. It will sharpen their instincts.