Talk about legacy media that should have died a natural death. Just look at this stupid attack on Prof. Jordan Peterson by Tabatha Southey:
Is Jordan Peterson the stupid man’s smart person?
My, isn’t that clever?
It was a video that brought J-man back into the news this week. In July, he posted a video on his YouTube page laying out a plan to launch a website on which students and parents could have courses rated for them by artificial intelligence that could detect a “postmodern cult course.” His aim, he explained, was to cut off “the supply to the people that are running the indoctrination cults.” Ultimately, the champion of free speech said, he hoped the project would shut down whole departments that upset him.
Anyone familiar with the Sokal hoax will understand exactly what Peterson is doing: Providing early identification of expensive academic rot. Whether his method works as well as Sokal’s is a different matter, but not one to be decided by a defender of rot …
She calls Peterson an astonishing variety of stupid names. One hopes that the people who say they think she is clever are just being kind.
What he’s telling you is that certain people—most of them women and minorities—are trying to destroy not only our freedom to spite nonbinary university students for kicks, but all of Western civilization and the idea of objective truth itself. He’s telling you that when someone tells you racism is still a problem and that something should be done about it, they are, at best, a dupe and, at worst, part of a Marxist conspiracy to destroy your way of life. More.
Reality check: As a matter of brute fact, post-modernists specifically do not believe that there is such a thing as objective truth, and they are beginning to invade the sciences. That does not bode well for the rest of us if we think that objectivity is a useful concept in science.
Note: I sat in on a public lecture by Peterson last June and suspect that Southey belongs to a growing crowd of urban Canadian intellectuals who are proud to label and dismiss what he is talking about without understanding it. Good news for them: Progressive government grants await. Massively. Like our national debt.
See also: Can science survive long in a post-modern world? It’s not clear.
Bonus! Dave Foley’s Divorce from Tabatha Southey