Sexist, Transphobic, Excoriable, Misogynist

That's how progressive government schools define STEM these days. Let's use this look at the poet Robert Frost to expand the point: Rehabilitating Robert Frost: The Unity of his Literary, Cultural, and Political Thought[F]or about four decades Frost was “the necessary enemy” of both “the political left and the modernist literary elite,”... Frost perceived that… Continue reading Sexist, Transphobic, Excoriable, Misogynist

Meaning and Millennials

"I think that often people come to the conclusion that life is meaningless because that is a better conclusion to come to than the reverse, because if life is meaningless, well then who cares what you do. But if life is meaningful, if what you do matters, then everything you do matters, and that puts… Continue reading Meaning and Millennials

Victimhood competence hierarchies

"Tyrannical pathological hierarchies are based on power..." -Jordan Peterson Dr. Peterson sometimes refers to our traditional hierarchies as hierarchies of competence, since they arise organically out of our necessity to act in the world.  To do something is to want to improve the way you do it.  Some people will become better than others in… Continue reading Victimhood competence hierarchies

Victor Davis Hanson, call your office

It seems that the plan is to reduce University course selection to just one subject: Victim Group Studies. How I was Kicked Out of the Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting Mary Frances Williams is a courageous person.  Reading about her experience tells us much about the modern Academy. Here is a long quote about… Continue reading Victor Davis Hanson, call your office

Nobody is allowed good intentions but us

Here's what compassion gets you from the rabid Left. (Link broken intentionally. You can fix it if you really want the reference.) Trump’s Plan to Decriminalize Homosexuality Is an Old Racist Tactic Because "colonialism." Don't you know all cultures are morally equivalent? Except Western Civilization, which is oppressive. This sleight of mind is how our… Continue reading Nobody is allowed good intentions but us

Poisonous word smoothy

A paper from the Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education: Disrupting and Displacing Methodologies in STEM Education: from Engineering to Tinkering with Theory for Eco-Social Justice It has been argued many times over the course of decades and across diverse paradigms that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education practices-as-usual (re)produce systems of… Continue reading Poisonous word smoothy

The selected zero-sum victims cult

Conflate the ideas in the following 3 articles, and ponder. 1) Selection effects To take a more provocative example [of selection effects], consider the “____ studies” fields in academia. Even if they don’t explicitly require professors to have left-wing ideas, they select for such professors by making uncomfortable anyone with a different point of view.… Continue reading The selected zero-sum victims cult

JBP at 20 Monroe Live

My wife and I were at Dr. Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life lecture on Thursday (Sep. 20) in Grand Rapids, MI. We had VIP seats (3rd row, center) which added a badge, a picture with Peterson, and a separate interactive Q&A session. An unadvertised perk, for which my skinny old butt was grateful, was… Continue reading JBP at 20 Monroe Live

Redefining "The Right Stuff"

Maybe we'll have to redefine STEM as Sanctimonious Tyrannical Extortion of Mediocrity.How Identity Politics Is Harming the Sciences “All across the country the big question now in STEM is: how can we promote more women and minorities by ‘changing’ (i.e., lowering) the requirements we had previously set for graduate level study?” Diversity, determined solely by… Continue reading Redefining "The Right Stuff"

TERF War

Academia’s Consilience Crisis Appearances by Gad Saad, Jordan Peterson, Nassim Taleb, E. O. Wilson and anti-science poster boy and Professor of Sexual Diversity Studies, Nicholas Matte. Recommended. [C]onsilience ... refers to the principle that evidence from independent, unrelated sources can "converge" to strong conclusions. That is, when multiple sources of evidence are in agreement, the… Continue reading TERF War