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October 15, 2016

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Connor

student protestors who wish to “decolonise” the university and not pay their bills.

They don't want to pay for their education because it won't make them any smarter or employable.

David

They don’t want to pay for their education because it won’t make them any smarter or employable.

It helps if you bear in mind that Angry Studies, around which such protests congeal, tends to attract people of fairly limited ability and who find themselves struggling in an environment intended, at least originally, for people smarter than them. And which typically results in a dissonance between their self-image, their vanity, and the facts of the matter. Happily, Angry Studies offers endless excuses for why these difficulties, these feelings of inadequacy, are not their fault, but the fault of everyone else.

Dan

If you call science 'Western knowledge' you haven't understood how science works.

David

Somewhat related, the first item here and of course this.

NielsR

Spot on, Dan. Testing all assertions is what has lead to 'Western' knowledge. Taking all assertions as true is what leads to this shower of self-absorbed wibble-heads.

Will she give up her phone and Internet access when she 'decolonises' her culture back to primitivism?

Jonathan

That sort of belief in magic rather than science is what leads to this:

And this.

So good luck with that.

David

Also relevant, the last item here, an interview with Dr Duke Pesta, in which he details the politically-induced ignorance of his students and the fact that it’s all but impossible, career-wise, for a professor to fail 40% of his students, even though 40% of his students really shouldn’t be there, even with lowered standards.

Fay

the politically-induced ignorance of his students

That.

David

That.

Well, the students’ ignorance - in this case of elementary history regarding slavery - isn’t, I think, an accident or random oversight. They’ve been steered to a false and loaded conclusion, one that many will regurgitate as a kind of self-validation, in order to conform with a preferred narrative of their leftist ‘educators’. They may know bugger all about history, even at university, but they’re exploitable.

Rob

How long before universities start to dump their humanities courses, like excising rotting flesh to save the whole?

Tim Newman

You see this a lot in Africa, and other places. Somebody - like the woman doing the talking - has found herself slightly smarter than those around her locally, who are as thick as pigshit (i.e. believing in witchcraft) and uses that smidgen of additional intelligence to manipulate those around her. This goes on for some time until she genuinely believes she is smarter than everyone else, and doesn't realise there are whole continents of people far smarter than her. She then proceeds to make an utter fool of herself and demonstrate that she's as dumb as a box of rocks on a global measure.

I saw this working with Nigerians and Indians. They'd try to fool me using childish, dumbass tricks and rhetoric that probably work on an uneducated farmer, believing they are smarter than anyone else. This is why the 419 scams are so notoriously bad, they really think the whole world is as thick as those around them.

WTP

How long before universities start to dump their humanities courses, like excising rotting flesh to save the whole?

Why? Those are their best revenue generators and low cost on the expenses side. Humanities are similar to philosophy as in this old joke...

Dean, to the physics department. "Why do I always have to give you guys so much money, for laboratories and expensive equipment and stuff. Why couldn't you be like the math department - all they need is money for pencils, paper and waste-paper baskets. Or even better, like the philosophy department. All they need are pencils and paper."

marc in calgary

I for one, would simply LOVE to be able to throw lightning at my enemies.

Epidermoid

How morbidly sullen and po faced the student is, turning what was being enjoyed by all with laughter into her solemn facile lecture. Watch as the merriment is sucked out of the faces as they bend to the correct stance when confronted by this week's unacceptable discourse.

Nikw211

> The offended speaker ...

I wonder if the same offended young woman - the one so offended by (white) Western modernity - is fully aware of the extent to which she is merely regurgitating the ossified words of long dead, white western European male intellectuals?

I mean at one point she quite literally parrots Sartre ("western knowledge is totalising") and the whole de-colonising shtick comes from Said which in turn came from Foucault.

If she wants to 'decolonise the university' those might be good places to make a start before having a go at the scientific method.

David

I wonder if the same offended young woman - the one so offended by (white) Western modernity - is fully aware of the extent to which she is merely regurgitating the ossified words of long dead, white western European male intellectuals?

Heh. Cake for that man, stat.

Rjschwarz

Clown sittings are worldwide apparently.

Lionel Ebb

This cobblers is just one African manifestation of the pan-global cobblers turning our universities into kindergartens: http://bit.ly/2cvLtsR Really, you have to laugh at it or you'd be opening your veins...

R. Sherman

[S]he is merely regurgitating the ossified words of long dead, white western European male intellectuals?

Original thought is like Original Sin. They both happened a long time ago to people you couldn't possibly have known -- Fran Lebowitz

Atempdog

I for one, would simply LOVE to be able to throw lightning at my enemies.

You already can, or close enough, if you can lay your hands on a firearm. As superpowers go, that one would be kind of meh.

WTP

The Dalston Mercury thing...is this the new Rickroll?

AnotherFred

It's striking to see the radical difference in demeanor between asinine student agitators and their opponents. In the case above, the faculty would have been well within their rights to drive the speakers from of the room with questions, criticism, laughter, and an earnest discussion of the university's obviously questionable admission standards. Yet the one (reasonable) attempt at criticism draws an invocation of "sacred space" and a demand for an apology, which the speakers receive.

This is but one of many incidents where supposedly "marginalized" students and their fellow travelers rail against their oppression and low status, all-the-while shouting down or silencing their oppressors or resorting to acts of violence, as we saw with the Creature of Indeterminate Gender's attack on Lauren Southern in Toronto.

I doubt the sanctimonious mob would display a modicum of decorum in any of these instances if the positions were reversed.

They're being the oppressors while donning the robes of the oppressed; it must be a heady experience.

Hedgehog

How long before universities start to dump their humanities courses, like excising rotting flesh to save the whole?

I'm not optimistic about that ever happening. The universities are complicit in this abuse. They view their students as a means to an end, the end being to keep the tenured professors and the administrative staff employed. The goal of the bureaucracy is not to accomplish anything except keep the bureaucrats employed.

Instead, the Obama administration has declared war on for-profit colleges and universities. While some of these are indeed using aggressive sales tactics to recruit students, what they generally try to offer is a chance at a career based on some sort of vocational course of study. Many of the "students" that we see in these links who are getting degrees in anger studies could have had meaningful lives if they had been oriented toward a course of study more in line with their abilities at one of these for-profit schools, or even at a not-for-profit college if it offered vocational courses. But that would mean that university staff would have to care about their students rather than viewing them as a way to keep their paycheck and their perks.

You have to believe that university deans understand that most of the courses they allow to be "taught" on their campuses are crap, and yet they allow it to happen, and the lives of these students are damaged beyond repair. They are all scum, if you ask me.

redlonghorn

They're being the oppressors while donning the robes of the oppressed

The principle seems to be "If you don't let me abuse you, then you're being mean and I'm the victim"

You have to believe that university deans understand that most of the courses they allow to be "taught" on their campuses are crap, and yet they allow it to happen

The fact that universities are classified by the IRS as "non-profit" throws a lot of people off their true nature. They operate like any other business. Non-profit, in the legal sense of the term, doesn't mean an institution doesn't make money. It just means the profits they earn have to be poured back into the organization, rather than paid out to investors, which is not exactly a problem if your goal is to pay yourself and your cronies as high a salary as possible. Think of the liberal arts as a product line from a business, and it all makes sense. Not enough people can buy the STEM product line - it requires actual competence, after all. Even the business school product line requires a level of competence many people do not possess. But almost anyone can buy the Angry Studies product line, which means a lot more "sales" and thus a lot more revenue for the business.

Douglas Reed

Most of these people complain about what exists, but have no concepts about what they want in its place. I have no problem with someone proposing an alternative (as long as it has some resemblance to reality) but merely expressing jealousy in the form of "My relatives contributions aren't recognized like Newton's" begs the question "Do you have any idea why those ideas weren't accepted?". And while the logical person in that rather mixed bag of students was reprimanded, he posed the correct response in the form of "There is no objective proof for that supposition".

Gunke

As we used to state, University of Cape Town, UCT (with a silent "F")

lucklucky

Universities Marxist teachers created this. It is the construction of a discretionary power structure via language and PC racism. It what all revolutionaries do.

And in revolutionary way they of course will be destroyed by the the whirlwinds they create but until then they feel the ultimate power over others.

Dave

I'm angered that she has culturally appropriated the corrective lenses she's wearing. If she can throw lightning bolts, why can't she restore her vision to 20/20?

champ

"Not enough people can buy the STEM product line - it requires actual competence, after all. Even the business school product line requires a level of competence many people do not possess. But almost anyone can buy the Angry Studies product line, which means a lot more "sales" and thus a lot more revenue for the business."

And yet, !Hillary wants to make college more "affordable."

R. Sherman

Not enough people can buy the STEM product line - it requires actual competence, after all.

As it happens, I just got off the phone with my STEM-major son who faces the quandary of deciding which of four co-op job offers to take, any one of which annually pays more than most of the students in the above video will earn in the next five years.

Science? Fuck, yeah!

witwoud

Better give her a Rhodes Scholarship.

Ten

to see just how credulous and mentally deformable human beings are.

That's a keeper.

To be sure, western Science! - the zealous, projecting, exclusionary religion of scientism and as such quite distinct from science - is a thing. Of late it's accounted for a pile of not-uncommonly subsidized interruptions of discovery and aberrations of knowledge. AGW is one but there are plenty more, plenty even embraced by self-styled, objective, classical realists looking to support a whim, lifestyle, or position. The phenomenon knows few cultural or political lines. It spans them freely.

But to me the interesting nexus is where we see just how credulous and mentally deformable human beings are. There we find self-delusion and fancy displacing objectivity from all angles. Why look for what you already think you know can't possibly exist?

None of that is novel, but it can be a warning that there's little difference between what is said to be science and what really is knowledge. The human spirit knows few limits to deformability.

Professor Tugging

Non-profit, in the legal sense of the term, doesn't mean an institution doesn't make money. It just means the profits they earn have to be poured back into the organization, rather than paid out to investors, which is not exactly a problem if your goal is to pay yourself and your cronies as high a salary as possible.

I wish more people understood this, but sadly I've come to understand that it's surprisingly easy to throw people off the scent with a pleasant-sounding name. (Cf. human rights, social justice, Affordable Care, the 99%, etc.) I used to think people wouldn't fall for things like that these days; I also thought the argument was settled in favour of free speech. How naive I was.

I'm sure I remember reading somewhere that the total remunerative packages for non-profit jobs rival or best that available in the private sector. Certainly it's common to see people working for various quote-unquote charities pulling in an enormous salary, which they can supplement with a consulting business that does very well off the connections they make through their day job.

Timbo

A silly woman rapping on X-Factor is an insult to all black people, and her act turns the clock back to the days of the Black and White Minstrels. And it also has something to do with Brexit, apparently.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/11/honey-g-x-factor-blackface-novelty-rapper-post-brexit-uk?CMP=share_btn_tw

Murray

Tim Newman, great comment.

Just look at their surroundings, a (bleak) modern university classroom, every inch of it engineered by western men using scientific knowledge discovered by other western men. Plastics, glass, metal, linoleum, synthetic fabrics, paper, graphite, rubber, silicon, drywall. And inside the walls, electrical conduits supplying electricity generated a great distance away while pipes provide clean water and evacuate waste.

And these idiots, these cargo-cultists, take it all for granted. For them, this is all just white man's magic, essentially no different from their folk tales of witch doctors casting lightning bolts at their enemies.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Better give her a Rhodes Scholarship.

Heh.

The original Mr. X

Western knowledge is very pathetic to say the least

Yeah, pathetic enough to conquer your entire continent. Maybe the witch doctors should have just tried zapping the colonialists with their lightning bolts.

dcardno

Maybe the witch doctors should have just tried zapping the colonialists with their lightning bolts.

Oh, I'm sure they tried - the real point being, "how did that work out for them?"

Fred the Fourth

Ten writes "Of late it's accounted for a pile of not-uncommonly subsidized interruptions of discovery and aberrations of knowledge. AGW is one but there are plenty more, plenty even embraced by self-styled, objective, classical realists looking to support a whim, lifestyle, or position."
Some blog or other recently pointed me to a fine Guardian article on the fatuous history of nutrition science, the USDA Food Pyramid, Taubes, etc. The article was fine in the sense that it laid out in painful detail the backstabbing, self-dealing, and other bollocks associated with that history.
But... (And for god's sake I hope you knew there was going to be a "but")
The Guardian article elides ENTIRELY the interplay of national politics, academic and scientific reputation, and funding. They neglect to point out that the WHOLE FIASCO is only important (meaning, it maimed or killed millions) because government decided to claim it had identified TRUTH and published it as INDISPUTABLE and GOVERNMENT CERTIFIED.
I was Shocked, Shocked, I tell you! to see that elision in the Guardian article.
I gotta stop reading things like that. My doctor is starting to wonder why my blood pressure does not respond well to medication.

Hal

My doctor is starting to wonder why my blood pressure does not respond well to medication.

I hear the barbers have a promising new process involving razors and leeches.

Hopp Singg

Why whine when you can throw lightning bolts?

David in Michigan

Lightning bolts....pfft. Is that the best you got? I can watch you cross the street while I'm on the other side of the world. I can vaporize your entire village and sterilize the country for 50 miles around it. So don't push me too hard.

That too is western science.

Why are they (almost)always women and why do they always talk so fast?

LH

He is promptly scolded for “disrespecting the sacredness of the space,” which is a “progressive space,” and is told either to apologise or leave.

And so he apologizes three times. I don't know which is worse.

David

And so he apologizes three times. I don’t know which is worse.

It’s all such a farce, bordering on surreal, that it’s hard to tell how sincere anyone is being. Which makes the protestors’ delight in leverage all the more obvious. The appeal to witchcraft and “sacredness,” the pretence of victimhood and injured feelings, all of it seems to be a pretext to cow the faculty and indulge in scolding. It’s a game of social dominance.

Some people really enjoy that kind of thing. Though not the kind of people you’d want to befriend or employ.

Hal

The offended speaker, the one claiming that Africans can in fact throw lightning at each other - and who disdains “Western knowledge” as “very pathetic” - then uses the apparently scandalous reference to reality as the sole explanation for why she is “not in the science faculty."

An except from my current reading:

. . . On a number of occasions when the Dalai Lama was asked what he would do if scientific studies invalidated his beliefs, he replied that he would simply change his beliefs.

Scientific research operates through a three-part method. The first part is to objectively observe items of study, the second is to create a thesis and conclusions based on these observable phenomena, and the third is to develop a hypothesis and experiments that test these conclusions. Meditation research unites scientific, third-person observation with first-person reports of meditation experiences. Subjective experience can’t be thrown out just because a third party cannot observe it. Those of us in the meditative field need to separate superstition and pseudoscience from the repeatable and beneficial effects of meditation.

Awareness is invisible, and it can’t be seen by an outside observer, but the effects of intentionally applying awareness can be seen in the brain. Modern technology has provided amazing advances in our ability to observe brain functions. Instruments like the SPECT scan (which measures blood flow in the brain) and the fMRI (which uses a magnet about seven times stronger than the magnets that pick up cars) can give precise images of brain activity and the changes brought about by different meditation practices.

Neuroscience is still in its early stages. We cannot make any exact correlation between current brain studies and occurrences in our consciousness. We still don’t know what consciousness is or where it comes from. The research we’re interested in is primarily the clinical applications: whether meditation practices reduce suffering and increase wellbeing. Even early in this field of study, we can say that meditation reliably offers relief from suffering at many different levels.

The book is Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness

The author is a very long time cultural appropriationist and white boy named Loch Kelly.

---I think arguments could be presented that Kelly is even more offensive to duh rite people than Bert Hellinger or Ekhart Tolle . . .

Ten
Awareness is invisible, and it can’t be seen by an outside observer, but the effects of intentionally applying awareness can be seen in the brain. Modern technology has provided amazing advances in our ability to observe brain functions. Instruments like the SPECT scan (which measures blood flow in the brain) and the fMRI (which uses a magnet about seven times stronger than the magnets that pick up cars) can give precise images of brain activity and the changes brought about by different meditation practices.

Neuroscience is still in its early stages. We cannot make any exact correlation between current brain studies and occurrences in our consciousness. We still don’t know what consciousness is or where it comes from.

This hearkens to a fourth level, one a corollary to Peck's fourth level of awareness itself. First Peck:

Sociopathology
Religion
Skepticism
Enlightenment

Now in terms of knowledge:

Primitivism
Classicism
Progressivism and scientism
Enlightenment

And then science

Primitivism
Medievalism
Modern science
Second wave science

The distinction between the third and fourth sciences is indistinct but real. Many accepted sciences of the last 200 years - some of them quite mature and contemporary - are currently falling to their replacements. Then it can take a hundred years to replace one of them in the conventional wisdom.

Note that just as a sound religion may inform or be confirmed by an enlightened view, so too the SecProgg's scientism will demean Classicism when the latter was actually very enlightened. Some of these rankings are self-imagined and others are objective and arguable. The problem is that there are elements in the third levels that resemble sociopathy and primitivism, and that third level is where bias and discrimination against religion and classicism enter. It is the problem of elitism and it can be very narrow minded and exclusionary. It protects itself against new evidence.

The same, then, is true of Science!, the zealous, accepted, know-it-all reliance on obsolete stuff from eighty or fifty or even twenty years ago that any kind of partisan will fall back on to refute a newer or better base of knowledge that doesn't well fit his cultural biases. We see it in nutrition studies, cosmology, origins, philosophy, and psychology, among others.

Whatever state man's real, objective knowledge rises to, it won't resemble progressivism's whims. But it also won't much resemble the modern rightist view either. Hal's quote from Kelly is a good example. Some rightists will inspect it for evidence that meditation is the domain of hippie liberals and all good scientists therefore know there's nothing to it.

---I think arguments could be presented that Kelly is even more offensive to duh rite people than Bert Hellinger or Ekhart Tolle . . .

Just as rightists inspect nutrition science to see primarily if it hews to Taubes and thereby to upstanding red state BBQ lifestyling. You can see how the need leads the facts, at times conditioning them.

One of the more ironic revised stances of our times - and a kind of intellectual reappropriation - is that where God created the world in the seven days of Darwinist evolution. Science! is cool and trendy and it's malleable too.

Morpork

Umm, you can throw lightning at people provided you have a Van Der Graaf generator handy and they're within arm's reach. Did it myself at school. Most satisfying.

Lorna

The offended speaker, the one claiming that Africans can in fact throw lightning at each other - and who disdains “Western knowledge” as “very pathetic” - then uses the apparently scandalous reference to reality as the sole explanation for why she is “not in the science faculty.” There being no other, more obvious reason, of course.

The Dunning-Kruger generation.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Did it myself at school.

Yes, but you had to use the science of the noted white honky cracker-ass redneck mofo (he was from Alabama) Robert Van de Graff to do it , so it doesn't count.

David

The Dunning-Kruger generation.

Somewhat related, Duke Pesta (mentioned upthread) on the creep of cultural Marxism and its stupefying effects.

Hal

Details, details . . .

tkdkerry

...they really think the whole world is as thick as those around them.

Which also fairly accurately describes the American left. Not that every group doesn't have a few of its own.

Hopp Singg

The trickiest part of winning the stupidity contest is having to pretend to be smart while doing it, but tune in to watch the hilarity unfold as our contestants do their best on "That's Not Funny!", broadcast daily.

Dan

I'm amazed that nobody is able to create a film parodying this sort of thing.

Mr. Saturn

With that stupid woman at the University of North Dakota and things like this, SJWs seem to be attacking science from the same vein they attack everything.

Darleen

I'm amazed that nobody is able to create a film parodying this sort of thing.

That would be a hate crime.

Hal

I'm amazed that nobody is able to create a film parodying this sort of thing.

As commented here on some number of occasions, Poe's Law.

Rafi

Angry Studies, around which such protests congeal, tends to attract people of fairly limited ability and who find themselves struggling in an environment intended, at least originally, for people smarter than them. And which typically results in a dissonance between their self-image, their vanity, and the facts of the matter. Happily, Angry Studies offers endless excuses for why these difficulties, these feelings of inadequacy, are not their fault, but the fault of everyone else.

They've been 'colonised' by leftism and they don't even know it.

David

They’ve been ‘colonised’ by leftism and they don't even know it.

Well, as Nikw211 pointed out upthread, the students don’t seem overly troubled by the largely white, Western origins of the claptrap they regurgitate. But the claptrap is flattering, and is intended to flatter, and thereby seduce. It offers excuses. And the students above are just the latest in a long line of self-flattering dupes. And so we have students, supposed intellectuals, demanding they be taken seriously while insisting, based on nothing, that “Western” science, all of it, is a “product of racism,” and while claiming, based on nothing, that the scientific method and pretensions of witchcraft are just rival epistemologies and therefore somehow equal in their accuracy and usefulness.

And despite the inevitable rumblings of racial oppression, I can’t help wondering whether the students would be similarly indulged and deferred to if they had paler skin.

TomJ

Surely the correct response to a claim "My people can throw lightning at their enemies" is "Go on, then. I am clearly your enemy, so light me up."

Theophrastus

The Times follows up on David's piece:
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lecturers-fear-worst-as-students-add-african-science-to-demands-wncgpq5fm?shareToken=26f25f2106849f656e61f7e52403bc64

(The link may not work, as the article is behind a paywall.)

David

For those deflected by the Times paywall, here’s a taste of the studious climate at the University of Cape Town and elsewhere:

Science lecturers contacted by The Times said that violence at the country’s universities had made work almost impossible. Many are afraid to speak out against the students. Lecturers warned of an exodus of academics to overseas universities or privately owned institutions… While none of the academics would comment on the “Sciencemustfall” movement, one referred to a period in the early 2000s when Thabo Mbeki, the president at the time, refused to allow an antiretroviral treatment campaign for people with Aids. Mr Mbeki’s health minister promoted a traditional African method for fighting disease: a concoction of garlic, beetroot and onion.

As a result of such rumblings, which include burning historic artwork and smearing statues with human faeces, I’m sure the protestors will soon be surging to the forefront of intellectual endeavour.

jabrwok

As a result of such rumblings, which include burning historic artwork and smearing statues with human faeces,

This all reminds me of nothing so much as an epic 4chan troll.

1) make up really stupid idea.
2) promote said idea amongst gullible, mis-educated college students.
3) laugh as entire generations take stupid idea seriously and destroy themselves.

Which in turn makes me think that Marx may have been the greatest troll in human history...

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The Times follows up on David's piece:

Even the university’s architecture needed to be decolonised and Africanised, he said.

I give you the new Wxmyn's Studies Building:

We don’t know exactly about African scientists and what African findings are...

A quick check reveals that sub-Saharan Nobel prize winners in science and medicine are all Persons of Pallor, so we have a problem from the start.

Kealeboga Ramaru, a student leader, questioned the cause of lightning and dismissed Sir Isaac’s work as colonial.

Seeing as how Newton never set foot in Africa, and was dead before the British took over the Cape Colony, I am not sure how that works either.

Meanwhile, I demand these clowns cease the cultural appropriation of white devil baseball and bucket hats, t-shirts and pants, and go back to hide shields instead of mattresses which are clearly colonial, unless they want to see if they are magic mattresses which will stop the evil juju of bullets.

Lancastrian Oik

"That sort of belief in magic rather than science is what leads to this..." and "You see this a lot in Africa, and other places... I saw this working with Nigerians and Indians. They'd try to fool me using childish, dumbass tricks and rhetoric that probably work on an uneducated farmer, believing they are smarter than anyone else".

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This was taken late last year in Ibo, a former slave trading port and Portuguese colony off the coast of Mozambique. Whilst we were there, there was clearly power available in the two hotels on the island (they were run by Europeans and had generators) but nowhere else. Later, as we were being shown around the city (in which the locals live most picturesquely in post-apocalyptic fashion amongst the ruins of the colonial buildings abandoned by the Portuguese when they scarpered in 1975), and the electricity was on at the local communal wash-house, the shop and the barbers'. When I saw the remains of the power station I asked our shifty and evasive local guide where the power came from.

"Oh, it's hydro-electric", he said airily.

Which was bollocks, of course. The island is tiny and as flat as frying pan, and the only was they could have generated power that way was by using a tidal barrage system, which was conspicuous by its absence (we arrived by helicopter and would have seen it, and if it had existed they would have made a big song-and-dance about it). No, they had a generator stashed away somewhere which would have been turned off the minute we left.

Par for the course, I'm afraid.

Theophrastus

I give you the new Wxmyn's Studies Building

Very good, FMM, though it could be the Afro-chemistry lab.

R. Sherman

I give you the new Wxmyn's Studies Building.

Obviously, such people are easy to mock, but the question is--assuming they actually believe what they're saying, as opposed to merely trolling for attention--what do they envision their world will become if they are successful in their #ScienceMustFall campaign?

Which leads to the second question: Who/What's behind this? There's more to it than a simple "All our problems are attributable Europeans" mantra. As has been mentioned before, these people are being willingly led down a path of ignorance. In a world where witch-doctors summon lightening upon their enemies, the dude with the biggest "thunder stick" is going to be king.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to begin preparing to summon an annular solar eclipse in Cape Town for February 26 of next year. It involves preparing roast chicken and vegetables for dinner tonight.

Lancastrian Oik

"Who/What's behind this?

The likes of this chap. Malevolent racist demagogues have been known to find a big audience in post-apartheid South Africa, encouraged by the usual type of useful idiot.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...what do they envision their world will become if they are successful in their #ScienceMustFall campaign?

I suspect they are no different than our own smelly hippies who believe eschewing dead white male knowledge, hugging trees, living in yurts, and recycling toilet paper will bring on some sort of paradise on Earth where everyone lives in "harmony" with nature, peace shall guide the planet, and love will steer the stars, etc., etc., though it would be an ethnically cleansed African version.

Richard Powell

When I lived in Nigeria a few years back I recall Nigerians remarking that South Africa seemed to be going in the same direction as their country, and in some ways (such as violent criminality) had already overtaken it. Nigeria's problems were not, by and large, the result of people actively wanting to destroy functioning systems, however. They were merely the unintended consequences of greed. Also Nigerians tended not to blame colonialism for all their troubles.

I also heard this joke:
"Mummy, mummy, what did people use before we had candles?"
"Electricity."

I do wonder what the fat white girl hopes to achieve through her participation. She should perhaps be careful what she wishes for.

Geezer

Dictator in a Polo Shirt

Hedgehog

Lecturers warned of an exodus of academics to overseas universities or privately owned institutions…

Yeah, well, I'm not sure why they think they're going to be any better off elsewhere. They may not have to deal with the decolonization of science, but they're going to have to be retrained all the same, unless they're already fully on board with feminist science.

It's not like this sort of thing hasn't happened before. The Middle Ages are also called the Dark Ages for a reason, and it's not because there was a solar eclipse that lasted 1,000 years. The forces of obscurantism never rest. And lest we think we are immune to this, let's not forget the politicization of science in developed countries. Lysenkoism in the Soviet Union, the persecution during the Third Reich of the people who were guilty of engaging in non-Aryan science (and non-Aryan art, etc.), and nowadays the entire AGW hoax, the drive to create a feminist science, as documented in these pages, and on and on.

The future is going to be interesting.

fnord

what do they envision their world will become if they are successful in their #ScienceMustFall campaign?

-----

That they will be in charge.

Hedgehog

Meanwhile, socialism is worse than a murderous dictator.

Joe

I'm fairly sure even "Doctor Yakub" would question her science. http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread564478/pg1

champ

"Angry Studies, around which such protests congeal, tends to attract people of fairly limited ability and who find themselves struggling in an environment intended, at least originally, for people smarter than them."

Which is why you have so many minority students protesting on American college campuses these days. They get in by affirmative action, can't hack it in real courses, devolve to angry studies, then when they realize they are not being truly educated, they start making demands for segregated housing, study groups, more minority faculty/advisers (as if that would somehow improve their plight).

Hopp Singg

People in Angry Studies came in angry because of their low social status, which is a function of lower intelligence, which made them dumb down into Angry Studies, which makes them angrier still. Circle of Life.

wtp

From Joe's "abovetopsecret" link...

Still, I think the story bears closer inspection. It wouldn't be the first time aliens have lied to humans or given us half-truths. One might deduce something of their true motives by looking at the kinds of lies they tell, don't you think?

Yes. Would not be the first time. Don't you think?

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

People in Angry Studies came in angry because of their low social status...

Some of them, but I think one would find an over representation of spoiled Persons of Pallor who have zero reason to be angry.

MakewiEatsSpam

Lightning Bolt!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_ekugPKqFw

Hopp Singg

but I think one would find an over representation of spoiled Persons of Pallor who have zero reason to be angry.

Agreed. At least till their fellow revolutionaries/fashionistas turn on them.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Mwanwhile, at the intersection of Florida, Africa, and SJW streets...

Florida State University is reminding students in one residence hall to avoid wearing Harambe costumes this Halloween in order to avoid “cultural appropriation.”

I wasn't aware gorillas, particularly dead ones, had culture to appropriate, or that they could be offended, but OK, if you say so.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Mwanwhile, at the intersection of Florida, Africa, and SJW streets...

Florida State University is reminding students in one residence hall to avoid wearing Harambe costumes this Halloween in order to avoid “cultural appropriation.”

I wasn't aware gorillas, particularly dead ones, had culture to appropriate, or that they could be offended, but OK, if you say so.

champ

http://campusreform.org/?ID=7391

"To remain inclusive, the writer says to avoid wearing Ireland's flag and drinking green beer."

Now we are getting down to the Irish....

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Now we are getting down to the Irish....

You left out the best bits (aside from the picture...)

He concludes by offering a few bits of advice for those who wish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a spirit of inclusivity, instructing readers not to “wear Ireland’s flag,” to avoid any mention of St. Patrick if one is not a credible historian of his life...

Nothing says "inclusivity" more than not mentioning St. Patrick on St. Patrick's day.

Great granddad Muldoon would set about these cretins with his shillelagh.

Hal

I wasn't aware gorillas, particularly dead ones, had culture to appropriate . .

God damn you all to hell!

Hal

"To remain inclusive, the writer says to avoid wearing Ireland's flag and drinking green beer."

Hal

According to a parallel school(?) of logic(?) Peter Thiel isn't gay.

Perhaps someone should let him know.

Hal

Oh, and in related news, diversity---actual diversity---is noted as being valued.

"Cutting off opposing viewpoints leads to extremism and will not get us the country we want," Sam Altman wrote. "Diversity of opinion is painful but critical to the health of a democratic society. We can't start purging people for political support."
Hal

Don’t Oppress My People With Your Literate Devil Literacy.

London insists on English requirement for private hire drivers

The move prompted San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to book journeys on their smartphone, to take legal action arguing that the written component was too demanding.
Chester Draws

Now we are getting down to the Irish....

Actually, I think Mr Wagner was taking the piss.

In proof that he is not serious I would suggest you read his other opinion pieces, including:
"In defense of the Flat Earthers"
"Dakota Access Pipeline May Be Best Option"
and
"The pros of a Trump presidency"

IMO those are not the positions that a person really offended by St Patrick's Day would hold.

dicentra

They're being the oppressors while donning the robes of the oppressed; it must be a heady experience.

https://twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/735467109979848709

h/t Insty

My recent convo with a wet fish, who has not responded to my linking davidthompson.typepad.com/academia as evidence.

Ironic as hell that he'd demand actual scholarly demonstrations of my thesis.

dicentra

My recent convo is here: https://twitter.com/ProfAFinlayson/status/787940862454075396

David

My recent convo is here

That’s an awful lot of preening and evasion for such a short exchange. A status queen, methinks.

Microbillionaire

Obviously, such people are easy to mock, but the question is--assuming they actually believe what they're saying, as opposed to merely trolling for attention--what do they envision their world will become if they are successful in their #ScienceMustFall campaign?

The cynic in me would like to assert: These people don't believe what they're saying, but they're not trolling either. Most people don't believe what they're saying. This here is a particular manifestation of the wider human habit of signing onto something one didn't read through.

Do you believe every EULA you agree to, after all? Do you remember the terms of a single one? Have you bothered to read this site's cookie policy? If you are a US citizen who's spoken favorably of "the law" in general, did you mean to include, say, the federal regulation of cranberry barrel size as separate from other fruits and vegetables barrel size? World citizens who prefer the UN and "human rights" to the US, are you aware that the UN has defined genocide down to the point where there are several thousand genocides every year?

As long as the chips are up and don't look to be coming down any time soon, whyever should people think through what they're saying and consider the factual content? That takes effort. So much easier to just repeat "white privilege" "decolonize science" "women's studies" "the patriarchy" for the approval of one's friends and the warm glow of self-righteousness.

Jonathan

in which the locals live most picturesquely in post-apocalyptic fashion amongst the ruins of the colonial buildings abandoned by the Portuguese when they scarpered in 1975

Interestingly, the HBO miniseries 'Generation Kill' was filmed in Namibia, South Africa and Mozambique because they most closely resembled war-torn Iraq.

AnotherFred

Anonymous assertions, no definitions of terms, no systematic evidence, no clarity to claims. Fine for Twitter. Not scholarship.

I've experienced the opposite, as the individual I debated claimed that I was in no position to respond to her arguments by dint of the fact that I didn't know anything about her life experience.

Conveniently, she never offered us any insight into her biography, thus rendering (in her eyes) any rebuttal impossible.

Post modernists love to move goal posts.

Regarding the good Dr's request for evidence, Heterodox Academy has a number of studies concerning bias and questionable scholarship in the social sciences (Jonathon Haidt, one of its founders, has also written extensively on the topic): http://heterodoxacademy.org/solutions/

PiperPaul

Speaking of Halloween costumes...
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(The small text outlined in yellow says, "One size fits most")

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