The College Confederacy of Dunces
Bill Quick

Vox Popoli: PZ Myers, professional “biologist”

Myers doesn’t even attempt to address any of the factual statements I made or try to challenge their accuracy, he merely points-and-shrieks.  No wonder he has twice run away from debates with me; he’s not capable of rational dialectic.  As for not being embarrassed, why would I ever be embarrassed by being aware of history, capable of logic, and reasonably up-to-date on genetic science?  If the hysterical left is really going to abandon history, logic, and science in favor of its precious equality myths, it’s simply not going to be possible for anyone with a functioning brain to take it seriously much longer.

Forget the SFWA kerfluffle.  The real scandal is that a science illiterate like PZ Myers is employed to teach science to college students.

Why should science be immune from the effects of the illiteracy infecting all other areas of the academy?

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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The College Confederacy of Dunces — 5 Comments

  1. Science has been a target of the left since the academic sons of Popper claimed that it was an artifact of culture. Artificial science became a means justified by its end. Global warming was easy, after that – it’s just talking points with equations and selected, massaged, data.

  2. Science is the last holdout in the march through the institutions, a key stronghold progressives haven’t been able to breach. Part of the problem has been the grant money real science attracts, something as important to administrators as ideology. But math is hard. No matter how it’s spun, 2 plus two always equals four.

  3. More specifically, engineering resists fads. That bridge will fall down if you don’t design it right.

    Some sciences and math are a little bit subject to fads or other pressure because they’re so abstract that wrong conclusions can go unnoticed for a long time. However, these tend not to get big grants because they don’t need billion-dollar equipment or gold nanoparticles or whatever.

    Rather than tainting any particular research or discipline with political correctness or other social or political pressure, I think the real threat is steering money and full professorships away from unpopular areas. As above, this is more of a threat for math and science than for engineering because engineering makes the stuff that goes on the shelves tomorrow. The payoff from math and science research and training is farther in the future and doesn’t give immediate negative feedback.

    • It’s true that engineering is somewhat resistant to political correctness because it produces things that undeniably either work or don’t work, but explain the Trabant and other monstrosities of Soviet bloc engineering, and then convince me that this will not affect the quality of engineering.