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The war on freedom is rotting our intellectual life – including the sciences

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From Denyse O’Leary (O’Leary for News) at MercatorNet:

In 2015, Eric Posner, a law professor at the University of Chicago, announced that “universities are right—and within their rights—to crack down on speech and behavior. Students today are more like children than adults and need protection.” Why today in particular? Is it possible that decades of proselytism for left fascism by their teachers have left their mark? The rioting students are not dissidents but conformists.

So many people don’t want to face how marchin’, marchin’ affects the sciences:

The sciences are especially hard hit. In a post-fact science world, objectivity comes to be seen as sexist if not racist, and engineering is suspect. Does it feel odd to you, reader, that young progressives are adopting the viewpoint of misogynists and white supremacists as to why women or visible minorities groups would not succeed in the sciences today — that members of these groups cannot easily master the historic core values of science? The only explanation I can offer you is that political correctness need not make sense. It need only be successfully enforced.

And there is more of it to come. A Toronto neuroscientist who attended a recent March for Science, noted,

What I found particularly concerning was the March’s emphasis on intersectionality as a “core principle.” This theory is fuelled by anti-science sentiments, such as the belief that we should prioritize subjective feelings over objective fact. These ideas have no place in the discourse on legitimate science.

But what if “legitimate science” is increasingly dictated by post-fact thinking on campus? More.

In short, the pussyhats are far more dangerous in the long run than, say, the Darwin-in-the-schools lobby, creationists, climate skeptics, or Gaia advocates. All of these people accept the basic values of science and squabble over the meaning of the evidence. The pussyhats are not interested in evidence; they want political power for themselves, for who they believe they are.

Confronting them means acknowledging that Cool is now destructive to science. There is, of course, a slight risk of being sidelined, fired, or sent to hospital as well… Which just shows that the pussyhats are not kidding, even if everyone else is. It’s time that that element in their program was recognized and addressed.

Note: Light posting from O’Leary for News today, due to work on a different alternate day job.

See also: The war on intellectual freedom How political correctness morphed into a monster.

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