Shoutdowns on campus are down since 2017, thankfully. But the teaching climate has changed; some profs tell me they have stopped teaching content that will upset activist students, such as intelligence. Here's a report from a biologist at Williams
This is a sensible article. It’s depressing that she even needed to write it. Politically motivated opposition to scientific truth about individual differences is pernicious. And actually harmful to the very people it is supposed to protect.
"The duty of scientists is to study the world—including the human body and mind—as it is. Some of our students, however, are seeing only what they want to see and denying real-world phenomena that conflict with their ideology." -- Prof. Luana Maroja
Self-censorship on Campus Is Bad for Science “The existence of any genetic differences between males and females, or between different ethnic groups, does not imply that we should treat members of those groups differently.” Impt essay Via
Faculty I’ve spoken with, unlike Luana Maroja, choose to censor what they teach rather than risk extreme student reactions. Alas, “students push back against these phenomena not by using scientific arguments, but by employing a priori moral commitments”
"Campus norms proscribe any discourse that might offend women, minorities, or anyone perceived as a victim of patriarchal white societies. However, this rule, no matter how well intentioned, is harming the very people it aims to protect."
"The duty of scientists is to study the world—including the human body and mind—as it is. Some of our students, however, are seeing only what they want to see and denying real-world phenomena that conflict with their ideology."
"The duty of scientists is to study the world—including the human body and mind—as it is," argues Luana Maroja. "Some of our students, however, are seeing only what they want to see and denying real-world phenomena that conflict with their ideology."
"It's become taboo to even mention the possibility that men and women might have different preferences." [3/3]
THIS: "Just because a trait has evolved by natural selection does not mean that it is also morally desirable." It's a key point I make whenever discussing evolutionary research w/ students. Evolved traits are not necessarily good, just, or moral traits.
"Sadly, students do not seem to realize that their good intentions may lead them to resist learning scientific facts, and can even harm their own goal of helping women and ethnic minorities."
Self-censorship on Campus Is Bad for Science
"The duty of scientists is to study the world—including the human body and mind—as it is," argues Luana Maroja. "Some of our students, however, are seeing only what they want to see and denying real-world phenomena that conflict with their ideology."
THREAD: Self-censorship on Campus Is Bad for Science. By Luana Maroja, Professor of biology at Williams College. "The trouble began when we discussed the notion of heritability..." [1/3]
"Similar biological denialism exists about any observed [differences] between males and females... To my surprise, some students even objected to other well-established biological concepts, such as 'kin selection'" [2/3]
Self-censorship on Campus Is Bad for Science - “by not talking about science that some find unsettling, we deny students opportunities for learning and for intellectual empowerment.” Great piece ⁦
Today's most radical and dangerous idea: "The duty of scientists is to study the world—including the human body and mind—as it is."
Contradictions of the #SelfCensorship Conceit: 1. My students should be independent critical thinkers—except when they want to exert their independence by critically questioning my course content.
The duty of scientists is to study the world—including the human body and mind—as it is, argues Luana Maroja. "Some of our students, however, are seeing only what they want to see and denying real-world phenomena that conflict with their ideology."
Self-censorship on Campus Is Bad for Science
Self-censorship on Campus Is Bad for Science - The Atlantic
"The duty of scientists is to study the world—including the human body and mind—as it is," argues Luana Maroja. "Some of our students, however, are seeing only what they want to see and denying real-world phenomena that conflict with their ideology."
v interesting article on how students refuse to accept some well-established scientific facts because they don't fit with their political beliefs what i'd love to see, though, is some analysis of how widespread it really is, and whether it's getting worse
"The duty of scientists is to study the world—including the human body and mind—as it is," argues Luana Maroja. "Some of our students, however, are seeing only what they want to see and denying real-world phenomena that conflict with their ideology."
Worthwhile and important piece on ideological resistance to biological truths and the naturalistic fallacy
"The duty of scientists is to study the world—including the human body and mind—as it is," argues Luana Maroja. "Some of our students, however, are seeing only what they want to see and denying real-world phenomena that conflict with their ideology."
"If you believe that moral equality relies on biological equality, this makes your moral views susceptible to future research that might reveal biological inequalities." #NaturalisticFallacy
"Sadly, students do not seem to realize that their good intentions may lead them to resist learning scientific facts, and can even harm their own goal of helping women and ethnic minorities."
Self-censorship on Campus Is Bad for Science
It's mostly not the students' fault. It's their (other) teachers -- that's what they learn.
#KochBrothers-supported Luana Maroja () knows nothing about IQ, heritability, history of racial science, & human genetic variation. Yet she claims that students are close-minded for not accepting her bullshitting as established science.
A good piece on the sudden perils of teaching evolutionary biology from a Williams College professor, and while you can't overgeneralize, the attitude of "Your science is wrong, because works against our notions of justice" is polluted thinking.