Apologies for the re-send. Certain events intervened and I posted the original too early. The Stream article is now live.
See, Nye is white. And a man. And some organizers are concerned that onlookers will notice Nye is white, and a man, and project his male-whiteness onto Science itself. That in turn will cause the gullible to figure Science is mostly done by white men.
Which, historically and in many current fields, it was and is. Now this fact is for good or for bad, but it is a fact. And it’s not likely those who say they are “for” Science and “Reason” would be pleased were the contributions from white men removed from Science. So long, Calculus!
Or maybe they would be. Because it seems organizers believe scientific results are less important than who is producing them. Diversity trumps Science.
Proof? Buzzfeed reports that, so far, the March for Science has already gone through “four diversity statements“. And for instance the Twitter account @ScienceMarchDC tweeted (and later deleted) “colonization, racism, immigration, native rights, sexism, abelism, queer-, trans-, intersex-phobia, & econ justice are scientific issues.” The tweet also pictured a black power fist and rainbow flag icons.
Actually, of course, Science is silent on all these matters. But that’s because Science is mute on every moral and ethical question put to it. Including the question whether to deign to include a white man holding a Science baton.
The March organizers want us to know what they stand for (emphasis original).
Sound like politics to you, and not Science? That was the effect they were going for. Organizers insist “It was a mistake to ever imply that the March for Science is apolitical — while this march is explicitly non-partisan, it is political” (the original statement was in bold type).
Yet the positions taken by the politicians, activists, and many others involved in the March are, as is obvious, explicitly partisan. Insistence on Diversity, by which it is always meant rigorous, mandatory
and monitored balance between people from favored political groups, is not a scientific concept. It is pure politics. And anti-scientific politics, at that.
There is zero evidence, for example, that men and woman are equally competent research mathematicians. Marchers call this a “disparity”. The rest of us call it a banal consequence of Nature. Yet Marchers insist on the theory of Equality, which says that men and women are innately equal in all abilities.
When theory is more important than observation, we are in the realm of politics. And we observe, for instance, throughout all of history and in all circumstances an enormous preponderance of men occupying the top seats of mathematics. The theory of Equality (when applied to mathematical ability) is therefore almost certainly false. The observation has thus quashed the theory. When observation is allowed to rule over theory, we are in the realm of Science.