October 17, 2018

University of Alberta prof calls for upheaval of science to benefit the "oppressed"

Keean BexteRebel Contributor

The days when the pursuit of knowledge was a noble, deliberate, and balanced exercise might now be in the rear-view mirror. The Rebel has learned that a University of Alberta professor has called for the upheaval of scientific standards for the benefit of the allegedly oppressed.

Another University of Alberta professor published a piece in the Canadian Journal of Science, Math, Technology, and Education, saying that to simply teach students science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is objectively bad, apparently because it cultivates, and I am listing this directly from the document:

“[P]atriarchy, heteronormativity, white supremacy, Eurocentrism, (neo-)colonialism, ableism, classism, labor inequity, anthropocentrism, and/or others.”

This type of social justice warrior activism has no place in a post-secondary academy. The validation that Western academia has given it is anything but PROgressive; it’s regressive.

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commented 2018-10-18 21:04:50 -0400
These academics are the definition of insane.
commented 2018-10-18 11:55:11 -0400
When you are an undistinguished academic who believes anything stupid, you write accordingly. Perhaps you are looking for a grant, for a promotion, for tenure. Why not write balderdash? You can do it without thinking about anything in particular.
But why should this be restricted to grossly overpaid academics. If any of you want to get on the band wagon, go to this site: http://www.gsrc.ca/buzzword.htm It will give you lists of words to string together and, presto, you will become — an academic and so deep!
commented 2018-10-18 09:19:36 -0400
ANDY NEIMERS commented 5 hours ago
So why attend university at all if you are going to be told your conservative family values are wrong, wrong, wrong??


The $64,000.00 student loan debt question.
commented 2018-10-18 04:35:10 -0400
So why attend university at all if you are going to be told your conservative family values are wrong, wrong, wrong??
commented 2018-10-18 02:16:57 -0400
So i guess we should stop paying these so called Professor’s so much as it promotes injustice.
commented 2018-10-18 02:12:35 -0400
In other words ACTUAL SCIENCE is disproving what the Marxists push so it must be controlled.
commented 2018-10-18 01:24:29 -0400
Francis Schaeffer in his work, How Shall We Then Live, points out that all the great scientists in the foundational years of science were Christians because Christians believe in a God who created order and predictability connected with that order. As we abandon our spiritual foundation we also abandon the conviction that there is knowable order given that evolution claims all that is happened by chance. So it comes as no surprise that we trade the objective truth for subjective emotion as the foundation of our world view.

Islam had a season of scientific inquiry but it never developed to any extent. As one writer explained about the islamic world view: “God wills every single atomic event and God’s will is not bound up with reason. This amounts to a denial of the coherence and comprehensibility of the natural world.”

He also points out that all previous societies lost their scientific impulse:

“While it is commonplace to assume that the scientific revolution and the progress of technology were inevitable, in fact the West is the single sustained success story out of many civilizations with periods of scientific flourishing.”

We are obviously joining the other failures of history as it pertains to sustaining our scientific impulse. This is because we have lost our spiritual foundation for it.

As someone once said we are anchored to an iceberg. It seems substantial and unmoving but it in reality it is slowly drifting away from where we started. It will eventually melt and leave us adrift. But, like the monasteries of the dark ages who kept the flame burning, so too will the Church of the future so long as it holds to the orthodox Judea-Christian worldview.


commented 2018-10-18 00:24:19 -0400
Good, analysis, Glenn.
commented 2018-10-18 00:22:31 -0400
Good summary, Maurice. Many nations and empires have come and gone but the Church has remained. We are Christians first. Citizens second (or third). God did not call us to be Canadians. He did call us to be good citizens of whatever country we live in.
commented 2018-10-17 22:20:24 -0400
We are in the age of decadence. The imminent collapse of western civilization is near. In 1838 Abraham Lincoln said “If destruction be our lot, we ourselves must be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we must live through all time or die by suicide". I think western civilization is on the verge of suicide. This nincompoop who is indoctrinating the next generation of young people with this satanic cult stuff is pretty strong evidence of that. The average lifespan of past civilizations has historically been about 200 years. Some civilizations have lasted longer…. like the Roman empire for instance. But regardless of how long a civilization lasts, they all go through the same steps during their rise and fall:
1. The age of Pioneers
2. The age of Conquest
3. The age of Commerce
4. The age of Affluence
5. The age of Intellect, and
6. The age of Decadence
I believe our present western civilization is now in the age of Decadence. There are seven social conditions that accompany the age of Decadence. They don’t necessarily manifest themselves simultaneously, nor are they necessarily immediately obvious to the casual observer, but these social conditions will always be manifest under the surface façade, guaranteeing the civilization’s fall. They are:
a) An undisciplined and over extended military
b) A conspicuous display of wealth
c) A widening gulf between the rich and the poor
d) An over-dependence on the welfare state (i.e. the Government owes me a living)
e) An obsession with sex, and all issues sexual (politically sanctioned/mandated hedonism)
f) A rampant debasement of the currency (rapid inflation), and
g) Internal (as opposed to international) political hegemony.

This guy certainly qualifies as a purveyor of hedonism and one who’s advocacy will inevitably lead to the erosion and collapse of modern technological advancement.
commented 2018-10-17 21:38:56 -0400
“[P]atriarchy, heteronormativity, white supremacy, Eurocentrism, (neo-)colonialism, ableism, classism, labor inequity, anthropocentrism, and/or others.”

Patriarchy…………despised by the “vestal virgins” who crave power but have no Ideal how to aquire it other than through sexual and emotional blackmail….making Julius Caesar efforts to aquire it is beyond their scope.

Heteronormativity….hetero is indeed the norm…..variations from this norm are no more than two or three percent of the population. Alan Touring was indeed wrongly persecuted for his after work sexual forays, but he acheived much and was recognized for his work in science….and sexual orientation had nothing to do with THAT

White supremacy….actually Asians are out performing whites lately in those fields. But that may be due to their cultures taking these subjects more seriously in school than whites have lately.

Eurocentrism….as opposed to what pray tell? Shitholecentrism? Where scientific and technological breakthroughs have been made elsewhere that has alwas been acknowledged…the Chinese did discover gun powder…lately they have excelled in patent scoffing and reverse engineering.

(neo)colonialism……I am willing to come to terms on this one….if the UK agrees to never again create a Hong Kong and Portugal agrees to never again create a Macao…will China agree to withdraw it’s investments and colonization of Vancouver and Seattle.

Ableism….surely Steven Hawking puts the lie to this.

Classism…..actually STEM is right up there with sports,entertainment, and the military as a way out for those born not so rich to get ahead.

Labour inequity…..STEM workers have the same opportunity to form and join unions as every other worker and bargain collectively for the value of their wages….most of them have enough clout to form “professional associations” and get a much better deal without ever having to wear out their Gucci shoes on a picket line.

Anthropocentrism……no non-human species has ever made a significant contribution to STEM…except perhaps the participation of guinea pigs. So are they advocating human experimentation? That was soundly condemned at Nuremberg and the pointless live subject syphillis experiments of Saint James Infirmary Blues infamy.

And Others……leaving the subject open to flavour of the month SJW grievance.
commented 2018-10-17 19:52:17 -0400
Well done Keean.
commented 2018-10-17 19:46:51 -0400
The laws upon which Western society was originally built upon the Bible.
commented 2018-10-17 19:45:23 -0400
Keean, you should not be surprised that the university motto is based off of the Bible.

Higher education learning in Western society was first created by Christians.
commented 2018-10-17 19:42:44 -0400
Someone ought to just give Professor Retard a good smack…and whoever gave him that degree, as well!
Hey perfesser, wanna know what you can do with your PC Newspeak Gobbledigook?
commented 2018-10-17 15:17:27 -0400
“[P]atriarchy, heteronormativity, white supremacy, Eurocentrism, (neo-)colonialism, ableism, classism, labor inequity, anthropocentrism, and/or others.”
Sounds like what you would hear from a 1930’s backwoods politician standing at a rural county fair .
The only other words missing are " hucksterism , gangsterism and jingoism "
commented 2018-10-17 15:16:13 -0400
These so called professors need to be sent back to kindergarten, and have their teaching certificates revoked. These frauds need to be removed from our educational facilities. They shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the students.
commented 2018-10-17 15:07:35 -0400
just like the pseudo-science of global warming. Al Gore, not a climatologist or a scientist, came up with a fool’s theory, found idiots to validate his questionable ideas. Meanwhile, no global warming for almost 20 years though Gore’s “science” says we should be shooting up in temperature.

Science is now no longer fact based? Its now what you think it should be and feelings count. Science is a construct to oppress the people, and is part of a class war on the poor. Right. And how many angels are on that head of a pin?

More of the downfall of the West.

I’m so happy I left the academic world twelve years ago.
commented 2018-10-17 14:24:57 -0400
The Marxist creep in education is everywhere. Red used to mean ‘stop’.
Throw out all the Bibles from our schools, replace it with the Works of Carl Marx and the Quran…..Right, Justin?
commented 2018-10-17 14:07:09 -0400
It’s almost as if this empty-headed nincompoop is similar to the kind of morons who would smile upon the idea of bestowing an honorary degree to some dangerous twit like Suzuki.