Social Justice Warriors have reduced one of the most important scientists of the 20th century to this.
The co-discoverer of the double helix structure of our genetic code, a man who lived and worked in a bygone era before political correctness, has been permanently excommunicated from organized science by the high priests of social tolerance.
How can defenders of science as an objective pursuit of truth that can and must sometimes confront prevailing social sensibilities remain silent? Silent while a great man is made to spend his final years apologizing to people who have contributed nothing to science and auctioning off his crowning achievement.
What’s at stake is the freedom to do scientific research into non-superficial implications of the regionally divergent evolutionary paths that shaped our polytypic species.
Last year, commentator John Horgan called for scientific investigations into racial variations in IQ to be banned. He literally called for a government-imposed national prohibition on research into the subject! His screed didn’t appear in some obscure political zine. It appeared on the web site of Scientific American. The venerable publication now entertains the idea of banning science in areas where it threatens to uncover socially inconvenient truths.
I don’t think any representative of the Catholic church today would be so dogmatic and imperious as to call for banning all research into abiogenesis. The Catholic church is a bastion of free and open inquiry compared to the Cathedral of Social Justice. The God of the Bible is far more forgiving of the worst sinners than a SJW is of someone who suggests that there might be biological differences among sexes and races that extend to the brain.
No, according to SJWs, any gender differences in career paths and attainments are caused by patriarchy and other oppressive social forces. The SJW Cathedral takes as an article of faith that all non-superficial race and gender differences are socially constructed.
If you suggest that the explanation for why there are fewer women than men in computer programming might be 50% patriarchy and 50% biology, then you’re an evil sexist. 75% patriarchy and only 25% biology? Still sexist.
If you suggest there’s a genetic contribution of greater than 0% in explaining why there are fewer blacks than Asians in computer programming, then you’re an evil racist. Why are there virtually no Asians playing competitive football as running backs and so many blacks? You’d better check your privilege and not even ask.
SJWs deny biology and invoke some social force they imagine to be as powerful and universal as biology – patriarchy or male privilege in the case of gender and white privilege in the case of race. But even if white privilege exists, it’s pretty powerless. White privilege hasn’t stopped Asian Americans from having the higher IQs, higher incomes, and longer life expectancies than European Americans. Maybe it’s Asian privilege that’s holding down blacks.
But you can’t milk Asian guilt for much of any financial or ideological gain. For a professional full-time SJW such as Abby Ferber, espousing a belief in the overriding power of white privilege is far more remunerative.
She is literally a professional full-time SJW. She helps run an annual White Privilege Conference -- funded of course by universities, government agencies, and corporations. When people like Abby Ferber talk about race, they get to cash in. When people like James Watson talk about race, they get their careers and reputations ruined.
Watson says, "There is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so."
But SJWs conceive of humans not as biological beings but as socially constructed beings. Social constructivism is the new creationism. Their brand evolution denial is the denial of genetically constructed patterns of regional biodiversity in humans.
It would be a miracle if evolution left the cognitive apparatus in a static state of perpetual sameness across all regions of the earth for tens of thousands of years. As it turns out, no single genetic clustering of humans has the top distribution for all traits. There is no master race. But there are observable patterns of racial variation in everything from fast-twitch muscle fibers, lactose tolerance, vitamin D synthesis, testosterone production, osteoporosis susceptibility, skin cancer risk, hip width, penis size, brain size, brain shape, and brain function.
The neo-Puritan egalitarians don’t have science on their side. All they have is the ability to try to bully people into conformity and prevent scientific refutations of their closed belief system from seeing the light of day.
Monday, December 1, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Evolution doesn’t do equal. And Charles Darwin was no egalitarian.
Atheists who deny the role of evolution in shaping race differences or deny the role of biology in shaping sex differences are operating in the mode of religion. The fact that their religion lacks a god does not make it rational.
It is possible to believe in a god without denying the realities of human nature. It is not possible to believe that all race and sex differences are 100% socially constructed and 0% genetically constructed without denying the realities of human nature.
"The variability or diversity of the mental faculties in men of the same race, not to mention the greater differences between the men of distinct races, is so notorious that not a word need here be said. So it is with the lower animals."
The god of Thomas Jefferson derived from Jefferson’s studies of nature and human nature, not from scripture. Egalitarians derive their views on race from scripture.
They adhere to a fixed, faith-based belief in idealized equality – zero variability in cognitive endowment between any of the races. They dogmatize their belief and render it impervious to any evidence to the contrary. Whenever their closed belief system is threatened by evidence for racial variations, they respond in the manner of religious fanatics. They denounce the evidence as “racist” (blasphemous), condemn those who present it, and call for banning any future research in areas of race that undermine their faith.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
|Chernobyl nuclear power plant.|
|Chernobyl disaster memorial.|
|Town of Pripyat, established in 1970.|
|Plenty of vacancies at this hotel.|
|Mandatory pass through radiation control at Chernobyl Exclusion Zone checkpoint.|
|Abandoned apartment building.|
|View from the top of abandoned apartment building.|
|Chernobyl-2, USSR's massive Cold War-era radar system.|