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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