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Steven Hayward

January 8, 2024

Over the weekend physicist Lawrence Krauss wrote in the Wall Street Journal about how wokism and other postmodern fads have infiltrated STEM fields, as though the famous Sokal hoax was a how-to manual:

[P]ostmodern cultural theory is being infused into the very institutions one might expect to be scientific gatekeepers. Hard-science journals publish the same sort of bunk with no hint of irony. . .

He notes a course on “Afro-Chemistry” at Rice University. Here’s the full description:

CHEM 125 – AFROCHEMISTRY

Long Title: AFROCHEMISTRY: THE STUDY OF BLACK-LIFE MATTER

Department: Chemistry

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Language of Instruction: Taught in English

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Description: Students will apply chemical tools and analysis to understand Black life in the U.S. and students will implement African American sensibilities to analyze chemistry. Diverse historical and contemporary scientists, intellectuals, and chemical discoveries will inform personal reflections and proposals for addressing inequities in chemistry and chemical education. This course will be accessible to students from a variety of backgrounds including STEM and non-STEM disciplines. No prior knowledge of chemistry or African American studies is required for engagement in this course.

The online course listing doesn’t provide the instructor for the course, but Rice’s African-American Studies department is full of proud critical race theorists. The last sentence of the course description is unintentionally humorous, as one can confidently say that student will emerge from the course with “no posterior knowledge of chemistry” either.

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Draggingtree
2 minutes ago, Valin said:
Power Line

Steven Hayward

January 8, 2024

Over the weekend physicist Lawrence Krauss wrote in the Wall Street Journal about how wokism and other postmodern fads have infiltrated STEM fields, as though the famous Sokal hoax was a how-to manual:

[P]ostmodern cultural theory is being infused into the very institutions one might expect to be scientific gatekeepers. Hard-science journals publish the same sort of bunk with no hint of irony. . .

He notes a course on “Afro-Chemistry” at Rice University. Here’s the full description:

CHEM 125 – AFROCHEMISTRY

Long Title: AFROCHEMISTRY: THE STUDY OF BLACK-LIFE MATTER

Department: Chemistry

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Language of Instruction: Taught in English

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Description: Students will apply chemical tools and analysis to understand Black life in the U.S. and students will implement African American sensibilities to analyze chemistry. Diverse historical and contemporary scientists, intellectuals, and chemical discoveries will inform personal reflections and proposals for addressing inequities in chemistry and chemical education. This course will be accessible to students from a variety of backgrounds including STEM and non-STEM disciplines. No prior knowledge of chemistry or African American studies is required for engagement in this course.

The online course listing doesn’t provide the instructor for the course, but Rice’s African-American Studies department is full of proud critical race theorists. The last sentence of the course description is unintentionally humorous, as one can confidently say that student will emerge from the course with “no posterior knowledge of chemistry” either.

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don't know if I even care 

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51 minutes ago, Draggingtree said:

don't know if I even care 

You Should.

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SDwaters
16 hours ago, Valin said:

inequities in chemistry

Pretty sure you'd find that sulfuric acid doesn't care what color your skin is; chemical burns are an equal opportunity risk.

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19 minutes ago, SDwaters said:

Pretty sure you'd find that sulfuric acid doesn't care what color your skin is; chemical burns are an equal opportunity risk.

Speaking from personal experience? :D

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14 minutes ago, Valin said:

Speaking from personal experience?

A poem my mother (PhD in biochemistry) used to love quoting:

Johnny was a chemist's son,

Johnny ain't no more

What Johnny thought was H2O

Was H2SO4

 

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