Skip to comments.Woke Science Is an Experiment Certain to Fail. Advancing knowledge, not imposing diversity, should be the goal of federal research funding.
Posted on 09/27/2020 5:00:27 AM PDT by karpov
President Trump has ordered an end to training on white privilege and critical race theory in the federal bureaucracy. The directive is a good first step toward removing identity politics from federal operations. Next up should be the millions of taxpayer dollars devoted annually to cultivating race- and sex-based grievance in the sciences. The National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have all embraced the idea that science is pervaded by systemic bias that handicaps minorities and women. Those agencies have taken on the job of extirpating such inequity on the theory that scientific advancement depends on a diverse scientific workforce.
Earlier this year the NIH announced a new round of Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. Academic science labs could get additional federal money if they hire diverse researchers; no mention was made of relevant scientific qualifications. This latest grant solicitation expanded the agencys social-justice agenda into novel territory. Besides the usual preferences for blacks, Hispanics and women, the NIH would fund student researchers who were or had been homeless, who were or had been in foster care, who had been eligible for free school lunches, or who had received WIC payments (a food program for low-income mothers) as a child or mother.
The federal science agencies have absorbed the vocabulary of academic victimologyfrom intersectionality to heteronormativity and stereotype threat. Intersectionality holds that people who can check off more than one victimhood box are particularly burdened by American bigotry. Science labs angling for the latest NIH diversity supplements will increase their chances of federal funding by hiring a woman who is also an underrepresented minority, disabled or from a disadvantaged background.
The National Science Foundation is currently doling out $29 million through its Advance program.
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research depends on funding, obama knew this and the scientists realized this as well, welcome to woke
On this subject, go to the CDC web site and search for diversity, transgender and climate change. I did this early on in Covid and got thousands of hits. All that content didnt come cheap in time or money. These are political topics outside the charter of disease control by any fair and realistic assessment. It may help explain why the agencys preparation for and response to Covid has been so weak.
Advancing knowledge, not imposing diversity, should be the goal of:
Colleges and universities
CDC & UN
Its just Soviet style Lysenkoism.
“....the NIH would fund student researchers who were or had been homeless,...”
So, the gubmint is banking on the next vaccine or great medical discovery to made by a former squeegee man? There must a strong correlation between dirtying up car windows and breakthrough medical science I am unaware of..
But people like al-Khwārizmī and Averroes worked in the 12th century and prior. After that it's like that light went out on Islamic scholarship. What happened?
It started with this: the fundamentalists had a problem. In their view, everything man needed to know was in the koran, and anything science could reveal which wasn't in the koran (or worse, contradicted it) was thus a lie created by satan. So basically science was to be avoided because it could only corrupt. They won the debate. And as a result Islam devolved into a primative, bloodthirsty gang that burn people for casting evil spells and other absurd medieval nonsense. For 1,000 years they have existed in this primative state. All because someone decided that agenda trumped science.
Woe unto us if we allow that to happen to the west. Its already beginning with the rise of 'consensus' science centered around political objectives.
the moslems were pretty blood thirsty in the 400 years before that as well
Chairman Xi is smiling.
Some words illuminate others darken. Words have meaning, they elicit emotions that lead to actions. Words are manipulated to entertain, stir our souls, provoke evil, stimulate kindness, produce chaos, and prompt deference. Here are some words and brief comments about their use. You decide if they are dark or illuminating.
Diversity: Made up of people or things that are different from each other. Comment: The very mention of the word conjures up division. Extolling diversity as a social value is full of peril. The philosophy that embraces the virtues of diversity without the proper context is DIVISIVE. Someone or some group introduced this word into the day to day vernacular to exacerbate divisiveness.
Divisive: Causing a lot of disagreement between people and causing them to separate into different groups. No Comment Necessary.
Profiling: The act or process of extrapolating information based on known traits or tendencies. Comment: ALL people profile daily. It is a fundamental component of decision making. Profiling is used to buy a car, Ford or Chevrolet; entertainment, movie or baseball game; selecting a vacation spot, beach or mountains; and of course, people. Everyone is a member of several groups simultaneously and has the capability to transition to other groups. All groups are profiled. Migrant Workers, Doctors, Soldiers, Felonious Criminals, Politicians, Actors, Steel Workers, Lawyers, Cultures, and yes Race. If one desires to be profiled in a positive light make yourself that person. Except for Race, if you are in a group that is profiled in a way you do not appreciate, strive to be in a group that is profiled in a way you value.
POP QUIZ: You must choose a neighborhood to walk through alone at 2 AM. You just thought of two neighborhoods and made an immediate choice. I can describe the two neighborhoods and your choice.
Race: Each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics. Comment: Race is not religion, nationality, citizenship, culture, or ethnicity. Since we are all of a race, it can be argued that all of us practice racism. If you are of one race it is impossible to know with certainty the intricacies of another race. We all extrapolate information based on known traits or tendencies.
Racism: A belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement. Comment: There is too much irrefutable contrary evidence to subscribe to this definition of racism. Racism as a belief or doctrine as defined here is morally despicable.
Perhaps we should stress words that illuminate. Since we insist on acting based on emotion rather than reason, make these words stir our emotions and actions. Substitute any of these words for diversity (or any dark word) and you cannot help but automatically elicit a different emotion.
Respect: Deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. No Comment Necessary.
Cooperation: The process of working together to the same end. No Comment Necessary.
Compassion: Concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. No Comment Necessary.
Courtesy: Politeness in one’s attitude and behavior toward others. No Comment Necessary.
Understanding: The power of abstract thought; intellect. Sympathetic awareness or tolerance. No Comment Necessary.
Teamwork: The combined action of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient. No Comment Necessary.
I agree with some of your screed, but...
“You just thought of two neighborhoods and made an immediate choice.”
With mind-reading capability like that, you must be crazy rich and FReeping on your 150 foot yacht docked at your private island.
Many here would take issue with your comment on racism, on reasoned premises (genetics/natural selection, geographic environment/weather/resources, cultural history, etc.) I doubt the “irrefutable contrary evidence” is actually irrefutable. I doubt that any factual, honest racial comparison studies have been done, or if done, published publicly. Who would dare fund that?
A truly honest “race discussion” cannot yet happen. Nor a truly honest “feminism discussion”.
And a redo of “Aryan science”.
Look that that one up.
Indeed, Muhammed was a warlord, basically and they consider him the perfect man so it's embedded in the fiber of their culture. hence my opening statement "About 900 years ago Islam was a militant but also intellectual sect.
They would reject Madame Curie and Rosalind Franklin because they were white.
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