Research money now goes to fighting “microaggressions” in the sciences

From Toni Airaksinen at Campus Reform:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) gave out more than three million dollars to fight “implicit bias,” “microaggressions,” and “lack of diversity” in STEM fields this July.

Founded by Congress in 1950, the NSF is a federal agency that seeks to “promote the progress of science” by funding research and collaborating with scientists, according to its website. This month alone, the NSF has funded at least three social-justice themed projects, which together cost taxpayers $3,173,684.

And you thought it was being spent on cancer research and space exploration? It will be interesting to see, now that post-modernism is hitting the sciences, which bureaucracies will buckle and which will respond as if a science-based way of thinking really made any difference.

Bobby Mixon, a public affairs official from the NSF, told Campus Reform in a statement that projects receive funding after what is called a “merit review process” designed to root out frivolous ideas. More.

No, sorry, Mixon: It doesn’t work that way. NSF will become more and more comfortable with rule by people for whom traditional science thinking is sexist and algebra is racist. And we can be sure that, any time a science field is tough, similar cries will go up, demanding accommodation (money, status, and power) for favored interest groups.

Readers, hold your noses as you watch elite institutions cave. They cannot help it. They get their advice from the Tone Deaf, and the guns are facing the wrong way.

See also: Nature: Stuck with a battle it dare not fight, even for the soul of science.

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and

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  • Reader

    To Get Science Agencies Back To Science We Need To Cut Their Funding
    http://thefederalist.com/2017/07/25/get-science-agencies-back-science-need-cut-funding/

    And now for a comedy interlude.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaWCfiT8w7Q

    • shasta

      Must be how Bill Nye got his education.

  • Good thing that no one needs cures or anything.

  • Hard Little Machine

    This is not terrible. Get your kids to gain some level of literacy in another language and when the time comes they can study abroad. It used to be in America that Medical students ‘plan B’ was to go to Mexico or the Caribbean when they could not get admitted to a US school. Now it’s a case of American students going abroad for excellence. Knowledge is knowledge. It doesn’t matter where you get it. If that means going to Canada or France or Germany or Israel or South Africa or wherever, then so what? The top 20 schools in the US will always be the top 20 schools. It’s all the rest who will close up shop and those seats will disappear forever – unless of course you NEED to study Queer Materials Science or Post Third Wave Feminist Aerodynamics. I don’t know, maybe there will be a need for designing turbine blades that appreciate all of your genders.

  • David