There is so much distorted thinking around at the moment that it sometimes seems like there is a competition to see how much batshit crazy nonsense people can get away with before they are called on it.
Most of the batshit is excreted around a basic central notion - that of identity. Regressive ideologues believe that identity is something that belongs to an individual and must be respected by others. They further believe that such identity need have no anchors in reality and that it is entirely up to the individual to decide what their identity is.
I don't normally single out inindividuals for comment - I usually prefer to talk about ideas - but the situation on US University campuses is now so ridiculous that it has exceeded the Poe threshold - the limit beyond which normal satire is impossible because nothing you can invent is more ridiculous than real events. It is time that the people responsible for this nonsense were named and shamed, and if this causes a backlash that drives them out of their jobs then I will take that as a plus.
In this posting I want to talk about the current row caused by a Google employee distibuting an internal memo which has been falsely characterised as anti-diversity. The employee was subsequently sacked and the media has taken a largely pro-Google line on the story with general mistrpresentation and spin being applied. A doctored version of the memo was released and formed the basis for much media comment, but here I will be discussing the ACTUAL document.
I write this listening to the BBC coverage of the latest outrage in London. It sounds like a similar attack to the one a few months ago - drive a van at people to kill as many as you can, then pull out the knives and see how many you can stab.
I have ALREADY heard a politician saying that these murderers are not Muslims. LIAR - and worse than liar - MORON.
Here's another example of an academic paper in the style of the post-structural numpties infecting academia. This time
the computer I decided to write about Salman Rushdie.
Another post-structuralist, post-modern gem from
my computer me. I'm getting good at this - I think I might start applying for university lecturing jobs in gender studies faculties.....
Emma Watson is the latest in a growing line of celebrities who suddenly feel qualified to lecture on the meaning and goals of feminism.
How she suddenly discovered this expertise is left to our imagination but presumably it involved some weird and wonderful arcane mysticism and waving a magic twig around. It certainly didn't involve reading the relevant studies and papers.
There are many things that we cannot yet prove mathematically, but here is one of the simplest. It is known as the Collatz conjecture (a conjecture is the term used in maths to mean an idea which seems to be true but has not yet rigorously proven to be so).
So Volkswagen have been caught at it eh? Surely nobody is suprised to hear that the motor industry fiddles the emission figures for their cars? This has been known for decades. The surprise here is the sheer brass neck of the Germans. They kitted the cars out with computer management systems specifically designed to detect and deceive officials doing the required tests on the vehicles.
Religious opposition to evolutionary theory has consistently sought to focus on mis-characterising the theory to make it less credible with the public at large. A major part of this is the repeated insistence that evolution is a 'random' or 'chance' process.