The revolution on college campuses, which seeks to eradicate individuals and ideas that are considered unsavory, constitutes a hostile takeover by fringe elements on the extreme left. Last spring at the Evergreen State College, where I was a professor for 15 years, the revolution was televised—proudly and intentionally—by the radicals. Opinions not fitting with the currently accepted dogma—that all white people are racist, that questioning policy changes aimed at achieving “equity” is itself an act of white supremacy—would not be tolerated, and those who disagreed were shouted down, hunted, assaulted, even battered. Similar eruptions have happened all over the country.
What may not be obvious from outside academia is that this revolution is an attack on Enlightenment values: reason, inquiry and dissent. Extremists on the left are going after science. Why? Because science seeks truth, and truth isn’t always convenient.
Congratulations to Heying for stating so bluntly what many intelligent people in science must have suspected: Post-modernism is a war on reality—and that includes science. Post-modernism is already invading science but people who are now afraid to set foot on their campus are more likely to notice it than big science bureaucrats.
At a high level it equates Cool speculation with experiment (see string theory, cosmic inflation theory, and the multiverse, key ideas that thrive in the absence of evidence). Down to Earth, it promotes ideas like algebra is racist, “Western” math is a dehumanizing tool, and engineering is sexist. Oh, and, irrespective of information value, don’t cite white male geographers. Etc.
It’s not hard to see where all this is headed, but if he were still around, we could ask Trofim Lysenko, who had dissenting biologists killed. Wars on reality usually end that way.
Which is why many of us were taken aback when big science folks threw their support behind the recent marchin’, marchin’ for science phenomenon. Granted, they hate Trump, but were they really unable to see that the marches would be taken as implicit capitulation to the SJWs poised to invade deeper into science armed with a battery of divisive and otherwise unproductive social causes?
Well, at least the big science folks will have plenty of time and opportunity to issue corrective statements in the next few years.
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