I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

Stacy McCain has a report about an approach to quantum mechanics that is very different from mine.

Could anything be crazier than Ms. Stark’s bizarre belief that, with a bachelor’s degree in media arts and a master’s degree in gender studies, she is qualified to amend quantum physics with “intersectional” feminist theory?

Read the whole thing.

Quote of the Day

Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results.

—Michael Crichton

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

A professor writes a paper in a journal that suggests that transracialism is as valid as transgenderism. The Hill reports on the resulting upset on the Left.

Most of the criticism that has emerged online seems to amount to faulting her for being a cisgender, heterosexual white woman, which we’re meant to take as some kind of proof that she doesn’t know whereof she speaks.

Stan Loretta from The People’s Front of Judea was unavailable for comment.

The Left’s Alternate Facts

Alex Caro has an essay over at Real Clear Science that deals with how postmodernism on the Left can wind up being anti-science.

When it comes to science, the left has time and again attacked the view that science can make strong truth claims. Science, in this view, is merely one way of knowing among many, making the conclusions of science open to challenge by those who reject its methods and norms, even if they have little understanding of what it is they are criticizing. After all, these norms are arbitrarily ‘constructed’ by those with power and thus must be deconstructed by the oppressed (i.e., the children of wealthy elites attending expensive Western liberal arts schools).

Thus, activists are free to oppose the use of GMOs and vaccines—using precaution as a justification for perpetual inaction—even when these technologies demonstrably increase the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people.

OTOH, they are also free to pick which Science they want to see as settled. A hundred years ago, Progressives were all for eugenics. This became somewhat less popular after certain events in Europe during the ’30s and ’40s. Now, it’s GMOs and vaccines and climate and gender.

Read the whole thing.