Scientist: Postmodern left opposes science “because the truth isn’t always convenient”

The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating opinion piece written by Ms. Heather Heying who is a former biology professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. During July, she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, were targeted by protestors at ESU after coming out against an equity event on campus.

In her essay, Ms. Heying points out:

Who would have guessed that when America cleaved, the left would get the National Football League and the right would get uncontested custody of science?

The revolution on college campuses, which seeks to eradicate individuals and ideas that are considered unsavory, constitutes a hostile takeover by fringe elements on the extreme left. Last spring at the Evergreen State College, where I was a professor for 15 years, the revolution was televised—proudly and intentionally—by the radicals…

Extremists on the left are going after science. Why? Because science seeks truth, and truth isn’t always convenient.


She also points out.

In a meeting with administrators at Evergreen last May, protesters called, on camera, for college president George Bridges to target STEM faculty in particular for “antibias” training, on the theory that scientists are particularly prone to racism. That’s obvious to them because scientists persist in using terms like “genetic” and “phenotype” when discussing humans. Mr. Bridges offers: “[What] we are working towards is, bring ’em in, train ’em, and if they don’t get it, sanction them.”

If you would like to read the essay in its entirety (which is behind a paywall) you can do so here.

Scientists seek natural explanations for natural phenomena. They do so by relying on logical conclusions from observable facts and experimentation. The result is the free exchange and dissemination of ideas that contributes to discovery and human progress. Postmodernism, on the other hand, is known by the fruit that has not fallen farther from the tree.