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Viewpoint: Postmodern movement targets science ‘because truth isn’t always convenient’

[Editor’s note: Heather Heying is an evolutionary biologist at Evergreen State College. She and her husband, Bret Weinstein, were targeted by protestors at ESU after taking a stand against an equity event on campus.]

Who would have guessed that when America cleaved, the left would get the National Football League and the right would get uncontested custody of science?

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….

Extremists on the left are going after science. Why? Because science seeks truth, and truth isn’t always convenient.

In a meeting with administrators at Evergreen last May, protesters called, on camera, for college president George Bridges to target STEM faculty in particular for “antibias” training, on the theory that scientists are particularly prone to racism. That’s obvious to them because scientists persist in using terms like “genetic” and “phenotype” when discussing humans. Mr. Bridges offers: “[What] we are working towards is, bring ’em in, train ’em, and if they don’t get it, sanction them.”

Science creates space for the free exchange of ideas, for discovery, for progress. What has postmodernism done for you lately?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: First, They Came for the Biologists (behind paywall)

 

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