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Here’s a letter signed by thousands of people claiming to be professional physicists. I don’t recognize any famous old grand lions of physics like Freeman Dyson, Steven Weinberg, or Stephen Hawking signing this, but I didn’t do a thorough search. Enjoy:

An open letter to SCOTUS from professional physicists
drafted by the Equity & Inclusion in Physics & Astronomy group

Timeline of events
Dear Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States,

We are writing to you today as professional physicists and astrophysicists to respond to comments made by Justices in the course of oral arguments of Fisher vs. University of Texas which occurred on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. First, we strongly repudiate the line of questioning from Justice Antonin Scalia based on the discredited Mismatch Theory [1]. Secondly, we are particularly called to address the question from Chief Justice John Roberts about the value of promoting equity and inclusion in our own field, physics.

… We hope to push our community towards equity and inclusion so that the community of scientists more closely matches the makeup of humankind, because the process of scientific discovery is a human endeavor that benefits from removing prejudice against any race, ethnicity, or gender. Indeed, science relies heavily on consensus about acceptable results as well as future research directions, making diversity among scientists a crucial aspect of objective, bias-free science [2, 3]. …

Objective, bias-free science to be funded being science that generates acceptable results.

Affirmative action is just one part of a larger set of actions needed to achieve social justice within our STEM and education fields. In their brief, Heriot and Kirsanow claim that affirmative action causes fewer minority students to enter technical fields because their completion rates are low. Unlike Heriot and Kirsanow, we are scientists and science educators who are keenly aware that merely adding students to a pipeline is not enough to correct for the imbalance of power. The experience of a minority student in STEM is often much different from that of a white student in STEM [4]. Minority students attending primarily white institutions commonly face racism, biases, and a lack of mentoring.

Minority students suffer from attending primarily white institutions, so affirmative action must be preserved and increased so that more minority students can suffer.

Meanwhile, white students unfairly benefit psychologically from being overrepresented [5]. We argue that it is the social experience of minority students that is more likely to make them drop out, rather than a lack of ability.

Before Justice’s Scalia’s remarks on black scientists, Justice Roberts asked, “what unique perspective does a minority student bring to physics class?” and “What [are] the benefits of diversity… in that situation?” Before addressing these questions directly, we note that it is important to call attention to questions that weren’t asked by the justices, such as, “What unique perspectives do white students bring to a physics class?”

My guess is that Justice Roberts would answer: “None?”

and “What are the benefits of homogeneity in that situation?”

“None?”

We reject the premise that the presence of minority students and the existence of diversity need to be justified, but meanwhile segregation in physics is tacitly accepted as normal or good. Instead, we embrace the assumption that minority physics students are brilliant [6]

Footnote proving this assumption: “[6] Leonard, Jacquelyn, and Martin, Danny B. (Eds.). The Brilliance of Black Children in Mathematics: Beyond the Numbers and Toward New Discourse. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishers. (2013)”

and ask, “Why does physics education routinely fail brilliant minority students?”

This is what we see when we look at a minority student in a majority-white physics class: determination and an ability to overcome obstacles and work hard in stressful environments. We see this because we know that many students from minority backgrounds are subjected to social and political stress from institutionalized racism (past and present), a history of economic oppression, and societal abuse from both micro-aggressions

A few years ago when I started writing about the term “micro-aggressions” I feared it would quickly vanish because it’s such comedy gold. But instead, luckily for me (although not for our culture), it has become omnipresent.

and subtle racism. We believe that it is these qualities that make minority students able to succeed as physics researchers.

The implication that physics or “hard sciences” are somehow divorced from the social realities of racism in our society is completely fallacious. The exclusion of people from physics solely on the basis of the color of their skin is an outrageous outcome that ought to be a top priority for rectification. The rhetorical pretense that including everyone in physics class is somehow irrelevant to the practice of physics ignores the fact that we have learned and discovered all the amazing facts about the universe through working together in a community. The benefits of inclusivity and equity are the same for physics as they are for every other aspect of our world.

The purpose of seeking out talented and otherwise overlooked minority students to fill physics classrooms is to offset the institutionalized imbalance of power and preference that has traditionally gone and continues to go towards white students. Minority students in a classroom are not there to be at the service of enhancing the experience of white students.

We ask that you take these considerations seriously in your deliberations and join us physicists and astrophysicists in the work of achieving full integration and removing the pernicious vestiges of racism and white supremacy from our world.

Asian physics majors seem to be doing fine at removing white supremacy, but then Asians don’t really exist in this mental universe, do they?

Theoretical Astrophysics club at Caltech

George Orwell wrote in 1943:

I know it is the fashion to say that most of recorded history is lies anyway. I am willing to believe that history is for the most part inaccurate and biased, but what is peculiar to our own age is the abandonment of the idea that history could be truthfully written. … It is just this common basis of agreement, with its implication that human beings are all one species of animal, that totalitarianism destroys. Nazi theory indeed specifically denies that such a thing as ‘the truth’ exists. There is, for instance, no such thing as ‘Science’. There is only ‘German Science’, ‘Jewish Science’, etc. The implied objective of this line of thought is a nightmare world in which the Leader, or some ruling clique, controls not only the future but the past. If the Leader says of such and such an event, ‘It never happened’ — well, it never happened. If he says that two and two are five — well, two and two are five. This prospect frightens me much more than bombs — and after our experiences of the last few years that is not a frivolous statement.

… Against that shifting phantasmagoric world in which black may be white tomorrow and yesterday’s weather can be changed by decree, there are in reality only two safeguards. One is that however much you deny the truth, the truth goes on existing, as it were, behind your back, and you consequently can’t violate it in ways that impair military efficiency. The other is that so long as some parts of the earth remain unconquered, the liberal tradition can be kept alive.

So fortunately, we don’t really have to worry about SJWs inventing some new kind of superweapon to take over the world.

 

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  1. I weep for my country.

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  2. “So fortunately, we don’t really have to worry about SJWs inventing some new kind of superweapon to take over the world.”

    I think that it actually goes beyond that: politically correct dumbing-down is already making it more difficult for the USA to maintain its technological dominance.

    Imagine you work in a research lab, and your co-workers of color (East Asians excepted) are considered more meritorious than you are, simply because they are not white. After a while, you see no reason to work more than they do. But since they know that they can get away with an amount of laziness and inefficiency which wouldn’t be tolerated if they were white, they see no reason to work more than the most nonchalant whites.

    The letter asks a rhetorical question: “Why does physics education routinely fail brilliant minority students?”

    If they fail their physics classes, how can they be considered “brilliant”?

    Basically, the question means “Minority students are brilliant because I like them. And white nerds are stupid because I find them boring.” The question could have been written by a not-too-bright black activist.

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  3. Speaking of Asian Astrophysicists, Chandrasekar (Indian) was absolutely brilliant. Interestingly, reminiscent of a frequent iStevey factoid – Darwin/Galton – he won a Nobel prize and his uncle also won a Nobel – a lot of brains in that family.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subrahmanyan_Chandrasekhar

    http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/95/950822.chandrasekhar.shtml

    On another note, a great example of an exception that proves the rule is that of Dr Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian immigrant, played by Will Smith, who published findings of CTE in football players. A lot of iSteve topics there also.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3322364/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bennet_Omalu

    Both of these examples succeeded very well in white society.

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  4. Sounds like an attempt by a campus SJW organization to infect untouched areas of academia. This letter is boilerplate. Their organization has no members. It’s a pile of horse shit. https://www.facebook.com/equity.einstein/?fref=nf

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  5. George Orwell was REALLY wrong wasn’t he?

    The Germans were REALLY right weren’t they? The Germans were the ones pointing out the truth…there is no such thing as Science…all science is biased depending on who is doing the Science-Ing.

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    Is steve’s wife east asian?

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  7. Before Justice’s Scalia’s remarks on black scientists, Justice Roberts asked, “what unique perspective does a minority student bring to physics class?” and “What [are] the benefits of diversity… in that situation?” Before addressing these questions directly, we note that it is important to call attention to questions that weren’t asked by the justices, such as, “What unique perspectives do white students bring to a physics class?”

    Never ask a question you don’t know, or wanna know, the answer to. Physics is to white men as bongo drumming is to blacks. Most whites are hopeless at advanced physics; most blacks don’t play bongo drums; but no whites, no physics; no blacks, no bongos.

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  8. Equality really is for the below-average, isn’t it?

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  9. OT: 1,000-man gang rape in Germany

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3384423/German-police-hunt-group-1-000-men-Arab-North-African-origin-sexually-assaulted-numerous-women-threw-fireworks-crowds-Cologne-train-station-New-Year-s-Eve.html

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  10. “Instead, we embrace the assumption that minority physics students are brilliant [6]”

    Well, so much for the assumption that STEM students are intelligent and actually care about honesty in things. What a totally asinine statement.

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  11. “I am Become Inanity, the Dumber-downer of Worlds”

    Nice ironic and apt twist on the words of Oppenheimer.

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  12. these people are the teachers and they blame Scalia , put a quark in it and muon…….sorry.

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  13. 2463 people signed this absurd and dishonest letter. Surely it’s prima facie evidence of brainwashing in the ‘scientific community’?

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  14. I’m very close to a physicist who runs a research lab at UCLA, and can confirm that he is under immense pressure to hire minorities and women. Nevermind that his lab has included Eastern Europeans, east and south Asians, students from “flyover” sort of backgrounds, and even a woman, which is fortuitous, because women rarely train or express interest in his sort of research. There is tacit concern that he has not hired any black and Latino students, and just one woman. From what I understand, it hasn’t quite reached the point where this physicist has been intimidated into hiring less qualified students to satisfy pressures for diversity. But the hard sciences in universities are palbably a new target for the power grab we’ve already witnessed in the humanities and social sciences, whereas until recently people in those departments were largely insulated from all that.

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  15. “science relies heavily on consensus”
    - I did not know that but one learns new things every day.

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  16. A post on Reddit about how diversity programs don’t help women or minorities:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/news/comments/3zfp33/diversity_policies_dont_help_women_or_minorities/

    Many interesting anecdotes in the comments about the downsides to affirmative action. This one is particularly disturbing:

    I work at a hospital. It’s also entirely obvious when we have a diversity physician and we even have coded language about them because their patient’s have some of the most catastrophic complications. What’s telling is that, after their patients have a bad outcome, their patients are then transferred to another team (often white, asian, or south asian doctors) for “higher level care.” …

    I have bunches of stories. Primarily, the worst complications I’ve seen come from the surgical teams. Unfortunately, it’s a lottery who’s on surgical call the night of admission so it’s a toss up who becomes the treating team.

    Often, patients admitted to the “diversity hires” have long, complex surgeries which are performed for reasons that don’t entirely make sense on review. Moreover, given the complex surgeries, outcomes can be poor.

    For example, we recently had one case of a young 30 y/o F who was admitted for appendicitis, but was otherwise normal and healthy. Normally this is treated with a simple laparoscopic appendix removal. For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, the patient’s emergent surgery was delayed by several days and she became very septic. The CT scan on admission showed a leaking appendix, which usually merits immediate admission to the OR. She ended up with removal of half her colon, perforation of her colon resulting in several deep abdominal abscesses, and a colostomy bag. Her course ended up becoming so complicated that she stayed several weeks in the ICU and almost died.

    It will be interesting to see how goodthinkers keep AA doctors out of the emergency rooms in their neighborhoods.

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  17. The letter asks a rhetorical question: “Why does physics education routinely fail brilliant minority students?”

    If they fail their physics classes, how can they be considered “brilliant”?”

    The reason African American and Hispanic students often fail physics is because their teachers are all racist right wing KKK Tea Party Republicans who plan to vote for Donald Trump.

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  18. I’m very close to a physicist who runs a research lab at UCLA, and can confirm that he is under immense pressure to hire minorities and women.

    Forget power grab. Its all about snagging jobs for the unqualified. Our economy is zero-sum these days. The unqualified NAMs and women demand the job slots taken by White and Asian males. I am generalizing here.

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  19. There appears to be a lot of students in that list. There are signatories that have a M.S. in Physics.

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  20. Orwell obviously simplified the problem of science and truth.

    Even in physics, matters were more complicated. It’s correct that Newtonian physics left many open questions which were solved by Einstein’s theory. But Einstein’s theory was for around twenty years hypothetical and open to falsification (which needs time, as you can’t organize a quick test in astronomy). In this time span, the irresistible truth of Einstein’s theory was mostly preached by Jewish journalists, as a long-needed proof for Jewish genius. In consequence, Jewish academics were more prone to take Einstein’s theory for granted than Gentile academics.

    In sociology, German sociologist Pfeffer had quite rightly observed that the French and the British had their own local “schools” of sociology and concluded that Germans had their own traditions of sociographical work which could well be the base for a third, German “school” of sociology.

    But Orwell speaks here about historiography, and it’s complete nonsense to deny that every identitarian group has its own historiography. This will always be so, because different groups have different interests and criteria for what must be emphasized and what can be ignored.

    Of course there were philosophers which preached a radical relativism, in and out of Germany. Ist most outspoken representants were Ludwig Wittgenstein and his many followers, particularly in Britain. But neither the Nazi government nor the German media preached such a radical relativism – Orwell, like so many warmongers, has here invented a cultural difference in order to support a war.

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  21. Is Omalu really brilliant? I thought that may have been fictionalized for the movie.

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  22. Apparently somebody tried to data-mine the membership of the “Equity and Inclusion (formerly Diversity) in Physics and Astronomy” (apparently a Facebook-only entity). Much butthurt whinging ensues:

    https://www.facebook.com/equity.einstein/posts/1420566431600546

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  23. Peak physics was a couple of generations ago, when things like lasers, rockets, nuclear fission/fusion, etc, were coming on stream. Since the end of the Cold War at latest, it has become irrelevant and a boondoggle. Without the gov. welfare, it would revert back to the tweedy pastime it was prior to 1920s/30s and is slowly getting there anyhow. Current crop of physicists are time-servers and really generally useless pussies.

    My undergrad is physics and this was clear to me decades ago, the whole field has been coasting on its laurels since forever.

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  24. I am fermi opposed to these types of puns.

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  25. Omalu is an Igbo. The out breeding Christian tribe that founded Biafra.

    http://ozoemenanetwork.com/will-smith-depicts-an-igbo-man-bennet-omalu/

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  26. The bios of a couple of these illustrious physicists:

    Beth Newton Watson: Director, Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services, Indiana University Health. … Director, Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services. … I am the director of a department of chaplains, clinical pastoral educators, chaplain fellows, residents and interns, who care for all persons coming ..

    Sarthak Jena–not a physicist. Nonethless, according to his profile he is…”dedicated to educating our clients to help them fulfill their financial goals.”

    And so on…

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  27. One way to joke with this is to rewrite it from the perspective of the 100 meter dash club et al:

    “… We hope to push our community towards equity and inclusion so that the community of NFL defensive backs more closely matches the makeup of humankind, because the process of defending the forward pass is a human endeavor that benefits from removing prejudice against any race, ethnicity, or gender. Indeed, defensive football relies heavily on consensus about acceptable results as well as future tactical directions, making diversity among defenders a crucial aspect of objective, bias-free football…”

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  28. Orwell was not making this up. There really was something called Deutsche Physik (and the same in math and other fields).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsche_Physik

    Maybe in the early days before relativity had been confirmed experimentally, it was still possible to oppose Einstein’s work without being an idiot, but by the time the Nazis came to power and Deutsche Physik really took off, it was obvious that Einstein was right and denying it was about Jew hatred and power grabbing (especially the latter) and had nothing to do with science. Even Himmler allowed Heisenberg to teach “Jewish” physics to his students and use it in the German nuclear program as long as he didn’t mention Einstein and other Jewish scientists by name.

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  29. It was a good year for black QBs in the NFL, likely the best since 2003.

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  30. “The exclusion of people from physics solely on the basis of the color of their skin is an outrageous outcome ….” — When did this ever happen?

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  31. Well, at least the “Equity & Inclusion in Physics & Astronomy group” got one thing right in their screed when they said “The benefits of inclusivity and equity are the same for physics as they are for every other aspect of our world.”

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  32. “Why does physics education routinely fail brilliant minority students?”

    Well of course this is begging the question, but they are getting at a few things here:

    1. Many state universities (esp. in states where AA was banned by the voters) now have “top 10%” programs where the top 10% of each high school in state is automatically admitted. In the land of the blind, one eyed men are kings – the top 10% coming out of ghetto schools is not that bright by objective standards but they are still “top”. But when they get to Flagship State U. and sit in the physics class with all the white and Asian students, they are instantly in over their heads.

    2. The black “self esteem” movement which proclaims blacks to be beautiful, brilliant, etc.

    3. The book that they site (and which Steve mentions) – blacks are (again without any evidence) brilliant but learn in a “different” way so “white” math/physics fails them because it is expressed in terms of all these funny Greek letters and equations instead of in a way that aligns with black brilliance.

    So basically, this is history repeating itself – instead of a Deutsche Physik we are now going to have Black Physics. In both cases, it was ultimately a power grab. Even Himmler ended up rejecting Deutsche Physik because he was more interested in winning the war than he was in promoting one side in a petty academic turf battle.

    All the nonsense that we have now is a sort of fruit of the end of the Cold War – we are no longer fighting for our survival (we think) so we can afford to take science off onto tangents.

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  33. The letter doesn’t seem to know what a “paper tiger” is:

    We object to the use of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields as a paper tiger in the debate over affirmative action.

    A paper tiger is “a person or thing that appears threatening but is ineffectual”. In what meaningful sense do “STEM fields” appear threatening but are actually ineffectual? Maybe the author means “shibboleth.”

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  34. True. When I was in the KKK, THE physics Teachers branch was considered the most fearsome & hardcore.

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  35. Dumb people got physics degrees….USA is screwed.

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  36. Reads like it was written by a black junior college instructor in Astronomy 101 and circulated by him ( or some BLM like campus group) with a sign it or else warning.

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  37. All the nonsense that we have now is a sort of fruit of the end of the Cold War – we are no longer fighting for our survival (we think) so we can afford to take science off onto tangents.

    Exactly – the same reason Suzy can dress up and play submariner or Marine grunt, those things don’t really matter now and consequently safe/unimportant enough for the ladies to amuse themselves with.

    Having the perspective of a few decades now, it is very striking how much society changed after the Cold War – Tailhook inquisition, paleocon purge, etc was just a taste of things to come.

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  38. Perhaps Asians fail at being NFL running backs due to the same white supremacy

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  39. There are a LOT of Saudis and Iranians in engineering, particularly electrical. There were a lot of Saudis and Iranians in engineering 30 some years ago when I was in school.

    Speaking of when I was in school, does anyone else find this as funny as I do? It’s a text message conversation with my eldest son, who was about 20 and about halfway through engineering school at the time.
    Him: What did you think of Unit Ops lab?
    Me: It’s a good class so pay attention. I just didn’t like it because I had a bad lab group.
    Him: ?
    Me: Too many chiefs, not enough Indians.
    Him: All the Indians are in computer science.

    Still makes me laugh.

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  40. Lots of not exactly physicists in that list. And lots of not exactly PhDs. And the PhDs are in not exactly major physics departments.

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    What is it with this constant fantasy meme being pushed everywhere that blacks are always geniuses, that they’re uniquely brilliant? I can’t get through a single day, or even half a day, without being subliminally assaulted by having this fantasy being hammered into my brain. It’s not just black Afrocentrists claiming they invented everything but whites in media, advertising, journalism who are busy force-feeding everyone these pleasing fairy-tales. Are people living in some sort of dream world these days? I don’t think I’ll buy the book pictured with this article; being a mere white person it would certainly go over my head.

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  42. “Footnote proving this assumption: “[6] Leonard, Jacquelyn, and Martin, Danny B. (Eds.). The Brilliance of Black Children in Mathematics: Beyond the Numbers and Toward New Discourse. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishers. (2013)””

    Perhaps black people could start giving their children names like “Brilliant Astrophysicist Harris-Perry”. Then they could live up to their potential, free from the oppressive luminiferous ether of institutional racism and the phlogiston of white privilege.

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  43. The education system is crude, stupid, and feral- all in a context of globalized technological suffocation.

    Because all you’ve been told is bullsh+t. Even from your greatest minds.

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  44. German V-2 missiles and German atomic bombs would have been a nasty combination.

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  45. “Peak physics was a couple of generations ago, when things like lasers, rockets, nuclear fission/fusion, etc, were coming on stream. Since the end of the Cold War at latest, it has become irrelevant and a boondoggle. Without the gov. welfare, it would revert back to the tweedy pastime it was prior to 1920s/30s and is slowly getting there anyhow. Current crop of physicists are time-servers and really generally useless pussies.”

    Physics certainly doesn’t have the cachet it did fifty years ago. The fact that so many particle physicists (and they consider themselves to be the true vanguard of physics) feel the need to beat their breasts in popular coffee-table books, on NPR, etc. about how supremely awesome physics is, indicates that – as a field – it is kind of past its sell-by date. They gas on about the Higgs boson and the like in popular expositions that don’t even really explain anything. I sometimes wonder who it is they are trying to convince: their audience…………..or themselves.

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  46. “German V-2 missiles and German atomic bombs would have been a nasty combination.”

    The Germans didn’t have the means to do both, even while occupying most of Europe and being able to exploit its resources. They went all out to build the V-2 (they launched something like 1800 of them in anger) and they were at their limit to do that. In fact, the V-2 crippled their war effort, as it represented a massive diversion of resources into a weapon of (at that time) no military value. Building an atomic weapon would have been an even greater drain on them. They never could have pulled it off, which fact they seemed to have realized – they weren’t even trying to build a bomb.

    The US on the other hand was able to launch a truly massive effort to build atomic weapons, while simultaneously building the largest navy the world had ever seen, the largest air-force in the history of the world, and training, arming, and fielding a modern, mechanized two-theatre army.

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  47. We’ll see. The season starts this weekend.

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  48. A very well-reasoned and well-written letter!

    With one exception: It’s “The book that they cite” (as in: “Why dost thou cite Shakespeare rather than Marlowe?”), not “The book that they site” (as in: “Let us site the Globe near the Thames, thereby to take the pleasant aire.”).

    This is what happens nowadays when writers rely upon their SpelChek software rather than their erudition.

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  49. You’ve never heard of global warming? The standard social science model?

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  50. Even Black Science Man didn’t sign it, and he LARPs as an astrophysicist. Or something.

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  51. Surely if we go back to Africa we will find a treasure trove of brilliant black physicists! So I googled “African physics education” and then looked at images of these brilliant young minds. Apparently, Africa produces 0.3% of the world’s physics papers, in spite of having 15% of the world’s population. Also, only about 1% of Africans 18-24 are in any sort of school. Lots of comments about how Africa doesn’t seem able to support any sort of educational infrastructure. Most of the work in physics seems to come from South Africa.

    It turns out that South Africa is getting on board with PC; they recently held their first women in physics in South Africa conference. Brilliant black women physicists! In the picture 32 women are shown. However only six of them seem to be of African descent, and those six are very light skinned. Not good.

    I switched gears and looked at an article about the 63rd black woman in the history of America to be given a physics Ph.D. (1,700 physics PhDs are awarded each year in the US) After reading through her litany of complaints, I discovered that she identifies as queer/asexual (she’s a lesbian) and she is very lightskinned.

    Not looking good for the brilliant black physicists…

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  52. It’s all a study in magical thinking. Blacks think if they say it enough it will happen. You know like old affirmation pamphlets put out by New Agers and occultists for the foolish.

    Normally such public expressions of mental debility are good for a laugh and whatnot. But in this age where ignorance and government mandated social-engineering at the point of a gun or Federal lawsuits, it’s quite worrisome.

    Eventually there will be studies in “African physics” and “ghetto logic and math” and degrees from prestigious universities. All enforced by white men with guns.

    Now that part is truly is absurd. In all this social engineering, who provides the muscle and terror for the government and it’s organs to enforce this insanity? Thousands of pasty face white men with machine guns who will happily stomp any white who protests these changes into the ground.

    Someone ought to do a study as to why whites in large numbers are willing enforce rules that are in effect suicidal for them and their children’s future.

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  53. Your write!

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  54. Anyone can see the injustice here. Ghettos are full of wasted talent. Just the other day I heard two guys outside a liquor store talking about superconductivity. I wanted to join in but was late for a meeting of my model railroad club whose membership is exactly 50% female.

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  55. There’s black students everywhere!

    Here’s a somewhat tortuously written article about how the University of Michigan has “dramatically” improved its black enrollment.

    While the number of black and Hispanic freshmen jumped by a combined 23.5 percent, the number of whites and Asians fell. Black enrollment gained the most, rising to 5.11 percent of the freshman class from 3.84 percent the year before, a gain that though small, just 58 students, has been surprisingly visible, students said.

    “There’s black people everywhere,” Mr. Greenfield said.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/05/us/affirmative-action-supreme-court

    -michigan.html

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  56. “So fortunately, we don’t really have to worry about SJWs inventing some new kind of superweapon to take over the world.”

    I don’t know, I could see them spearheading the thrust for autonomous war robots. They hate everybody, but are too cowardly to actually do violence themselves — but they’re good at video games, so why not program micro-aggression-hunting death droids?

    I guess that’s more “destroying the world” than “taking over the world” but nevertheless…

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  57. There was a lot of overt prejudice against black athletes.

    How did they come to dominate?

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  58. “Asian physics majors seem to be doing fine at removing white supremacy, but then Asians don’t really exist in this mental universe, do they?”

    Asians will take umbrage at that.

    1. Success in science is nerdy and uncool.

    2. It reinforces the ‘model minority’ thing.

    3. It makes Asians the target of black/brown ire for undermining the Narrative.

    4. Asians, esp yellows, are imitative running dogs and have swallowed PC themselves. Asians are most likely to oppose Trump and support Sanders. Hungry for status and acceptance by elites, they go with ‘progressivism’.

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  59. I particularly liked the second paragraph of the preface to The Brilliance of Black Children in Mathematics:

    Authors were charged with the task of generating and supporting an alternative discourse about Black children and mathematics, one that focuses on brilliance. However, they were not asked to prove or justify the assertion that Black children are brilliant. Rather, this assertion is the starting point for the discussions that take place in this volume.

    This kind of says it all.

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  60. Well, after the war we had American atomic bombs and Russian atomic bombs both sitting on different versions of German V-2s and they were in fact (potentially) nasty combinations.

    But the Nazis never put a lot of resources into their version of the Manhattan Project (they figured it wouldn’t be done until the war was over) and even if they had, they had lost (expelled) most of their all-stars to the other team. Note that even the US, with BOTH the resources and the brains, did not cross the finish line on atomic weapons until the war in Europe was over, so the German assessment was right.

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    Was someone blackmailed or bribed into writing this? I mean, it’s so over-the-top. It’s filled with almost an extreme expression of diversity platitudes.

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  62. This is what we see when we look at a minority student in a majority-white physics class: determination and an ability to overcome obstacles and work hard in stressful environments. We see this because we know that many students from minority backgrounds are subjected to social and political stress from institutionalized racism (past and present), a history of economic oppression, and societal abuse from both micro-aggressions

    If being a minority student in a majority-white physics class is that bad, then why not conduct all minority classes or have these students attend historically black colleges and universities? After all physics is physics and this group embraces the assumption that minority physics students are brilliant. So couldn’t we solve the problem by putting these brilliant students together and away from the distracting white environment?

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  63. I particularly admire the letter for baldly asserting that “indeed, science relies heavily on consensus about acceptable results” [emphasis added].

    That is the exact opposite of real science, in which the only test of any result is whether it can be reproduced.

    Anyone who writes of “acceptable” results signals his utter estrangement from science.

    The question now is whether those who signed the letter were under duress or simply incompetent.

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    Physics certainly doesn’t have the cachet it did fifty years ago. The fact that so many particle physicists (and they consider themselves to be the true vanguard of physics) feel the need to beat their breasts in popular coffee-table books, on NPR, etc. about how supremely awesome physics is, indicates that – as a field – it is kind of past its sell-by date. They gas on about the Higgs boson and the like in popular expositions that don’t even really explain anything. I sometimes wonder who it is they are trying to convince: their audience…………..or themselves.

    After the nuclear model was confirmed by Rutherford a century ago, these modern particle physicists have not really had anything very groundbreaking or interesting to tell popular audiences. Discovering that things are actually made up of small particles rather than the large blobs and blocks of things of ordinary experience is interesting to ordinary people. The fact that those particles are made up of smaller particles that in turn are made up of even smaller particles and so on is not that interesting anymore.

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  65. 2463 people signed this absurd and dishonest letter. Surely it’s prima facie evidence of brainwashing in the ‘scientific community’?

    It’s evidence that most people—scientists included—don’t especially care about racial differences in intelligence and consider themselves “anti-racist” in the same sense that they consider themselves anti-fascist or anti-child-murder or whatever. If someone puts a letter decrying “racism” in front of them, they sign it. Didn’t academics behave the same way about nuclear non-proliferation and anti-apartheid in the eighties?

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  66. Really? Sure Cam is doing well but I think RG3 getting benched and then having Kirk Cousins go gangbusters has set things back for black QBs.

    RG3 was supposed to be the smart, non-thuggish, raised by two military parents franchise QB. He turned out to be a bust with the biggest criticism of him being the old bugaboo of black QBs, he couldn’t read defenses.

    Here’s Dexter Manley on the topic:

    http://screengrabber.deadspin.com/dexter-manley-says-black-quarterbacks-are-more-mobile-b-1750724975

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  67. I assume you mean this Octoroon lady:

    http://mlkscholars.mit.edu/cprescod-weinstein/

    I would say that perhaps the Weinstein side of her nature predominates. However, if the black team wants to claim her as their own, they can have her.

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  68. I’ve looked through the list of supposed signatories. Most have a dubious or non-existent connection to professional physics. The majority claim to be, for example, high school or middle school teachers, education administrators, people who work in hospitals in various capacities, current undergraduates, and BS, MS, or PhD recipients with no specified current employment. There are also many people who don’t even pretend to have a connection to physics, listing their degrees in biology, mathematics, and other fields.

    And then there’s stuff like this:

    “1706. Ellen Buettner, Daughter of a physicist who worked on the space shuttle, Keller Williams ”

    “1697. Randy Skaggs, Fine Arts Chairman, St. Joseph School ”

    “1820. Pete McCabe, Resident Dramaturg, HERE Arts Center ”

    “1817. Kirsten Tamayo, JD Candidate, CUNY School of Law ”

    “1821. Eugenia Zacks-Carney, JD, American Jet Brokers ”

    “1489. Charles D. Allen, Esq., Jurist Doctorate, Advocates for Social \& Economic Justice ”

    etc…

    This is canonical political astroturfing, and not even a good attempt.

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  69. The atomic bomb was fairly interesting to the public.

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  70. After a while, you see no reason to work more than they do.

    Promote minorities into middle management. Problem solved.

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  71. “We argue that it is the social experience of minority students that is more likely to make them drop out, rather than a lack of ability.”

    You do not merely assert this, but “argue” it. Where can this argument be found? Please cite the double-blind studies on which this conclusion is based.

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  72. I’m a physicist at a certain national lab. I got curious so I ended up scanning the entire list. I found I knew 3 names from my undergrad institution (2 faculty, 1 classmate), one name from my grad institution (faculty), which is much larger than the undergrad, and none from my current institution – which has far more staff and postdoc physicists than the universities I attended). Not surprising, since I suppose this issue is of more relevance at educational institutions. I also noticed that quite a few of the signatures belonged to people who don’t appear to be physicists or astronomers at all – medical doctors, chemists, event “artists”. Assuming I know the names of roughly 500 physicists (100 faculty, 100 classmates, 100 from my national lab, 200 whose research I’m familiar with), then 1% of the physicists I know of signed up. The list is also very heavy on current students.

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  73. Do we need more Black Bodies in physics and astronomy in order to study Dark Matter and Black Holes?

    “Instead, we embrace the assumption that minority physics students are brilliant”

    If these folks are so hot to embrace “assumptions” I suggest they join me in a less rigorous discipline like economics. I know I don’t have it in me to be a real physicist, why should we assume anybody can? Isn’t that what tests are for?

    Although I sure couldn’t make it as a physicist, and I can’t really judge their actual scientific output. I suspect these academics gravitate toward SJW trouble-making because they weren’t able to make their mark with real science. Get back to work at the particle accelerators and telescopes. And if you can’t make any real contributions there, get out of the lab to make space for somebody who can.

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  74. Well, at least she’s Ashkenazi and not Subbotnik.

    I like the part where she write about what “dark matter haloes may be able to tell us about cosmology.”

    Also, from the dissertation:

    “We can consider spinning black holes, using our scaling argument from Section 5.3
    and taking a nominal value of a∗ = 0.75.”

    Is she is she paraphrasing the Three Fifths Clause here?

    Not competent to judge, but abstract is here: https://uwspace.uwaterloo.ca/handle/10012/5498?show=full

    Entire dissertation (all 99 pages of it, with 43 pages of appendices) is here: https://uwspace.uwaterloo.ca/bitstream/handle/10012/5498/Prescod-Weinstein_Chanda.pdf?sequence=3&isAllowed=y

    Someone care to assess?

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  75. I am not a scientist but I have read that while the 20th Century was the century of physics, the 21st Century will be the century of biology–although that will be much more dangerous to the illusions of the social justice warriors than physics could ever be.

    On the other hand, the thought of an incompetent physicist in the management of a nuclear power plant is fairly terrifying.

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  76. Well luckily, as Steve points out, SJW science won’t produce any new superweapons that they can use against us.

    as to the Original post:
    “Meanwhile, white students unfairly benefit psychologically from being overrepresented” – white self esteem is too high and needs to be lowered?

    “Instead, we embrace the assumption that minority physics students are brilliant [6]” – when you assume, you make an ass out of u and mption.

    “The implication that physics or “hard sciences” are somehow divorced from the social realities of racism in our society is completely fallacious. ” – Maxwell’s demon waves a confederate flag.

    “The purpose of seeking out talented and otherwise overlooked minority students to fill physics classrooms is to offset the institutionalized imbalance of power and preference that has traditionally gone and continues to go towards white students.” – whites should all vote against this in other words, as it is working counter to our interests.

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  77. Someone ought to do a study as to why whites in large numbers are willing enforce rules that are in effect suicidal for them and their children’s future.

    The most obvious explanation is they’ve been brainwashed. The effects of ‘diversity’ propaganda from the cradle to the grave is producing a collectivity of zombies who will gladly enforce rules that entail national suicide.

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  78. If someone puts a letter decrying “racism” in front of them, they sign it.

    We don’t know for sure how many of the signatories are giving their assent to these ‘propositions’ because they’re deeply committed to the ideology which conducts a ceaseless inquiry into ‘racism’, or whether they’re on auto-pilot as you suggest.

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  79. So basically, this is history repeating itself – instead of a Deutsche Physik we are now going to have Black Physics.

    Lol – yes, Tragic Mulatto Physics is the same as the German Physics of Gauss and Riemann. And the elite-sponsored pet minorities of today are the same as yesterday’s German nationalists.

    Reductio ad Hitlerum isn’t just stupid when the left or cuckservatives do it.

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  80. This is the bait and switch. Everyone agrees that a brilliant black kid ought not to be drummed out of physics by his prejudiced teachers. The rhetoric here is intended to use that universal agreement to drive acceptance of something far fewer people agree with, like affirmative action admissions for hard science graduate programs.

    Note that any such AA program would be especially nasty for the intended beneficiaries, who’d find themselves washing out of PhD programs they weren’t capable of getting through, or getting a PhD but being unemployable because their research is subpar. That’s a great way to take a bunch of smart blacks who should become engineers or doctors and leave them at 30 with nothing to show for their hard work and intelligence.

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  81. The Bhagavad Gita not Oppenheimer .

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    There are a lot of unspecified PhD’s in the signatory list, but very few of them specify what their PhD is in.

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  83. “So fortunately, we don’t really have to worry about SJWs inventing some new kind of superweapon to take over the world.”

    No, because SJWs aren’t trying to take over the world by a physical weapon. Instead they seek to take over our minds, thoughts, and all acceptable forms of public discourse.

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  84. As the education system is dominated by the Left, this type of foolishness will only accelerate the well earned demise of said system. Give these fools everything they profess to want and more. Mandate STEM majors for all Blacks, Hispanics, and women until full equality of result is achieved. Mandate all minorities attend only Tier One universities. Mandate all Prizes, Fellowships, and Scholarships go to the oppressed until the end of time. The Left is busy destroying their brand; don’t interrupt them.

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  85. I’m not in a position to assess but I can tell you this – there’s no way in hell that someone with a degree from a 200+ rank school like Waterloo gets anywhere near an MIT faculty appointment (she is just a “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ” postdoc but I’m sure if things go well they will offer her a position) unless she is there on the basis of affirmative action. She went to Harvard undergrad and then a Masters at UC Santa Cruz (already a big step down) but “changed directions” (read couldn’t hack it) and went to Waterloo for her PhD. http://www.cprescodweinstein.com/

    For an Asian dude with the same downward trajectory, they would hit delete as soon as they got to that line in his CV unless he had discovered the Higgs Boson or something. He would be lucky to get a job teaching intro physics at some community college in Podunk.

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  86. Well why would the hard sciences be immune now? The SJWs have full hegemony in the humanities and most, if not all, of social science. It was only a matter of time before they set their sights on hard science.

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  87. Prescod-Weinstein’s twitter seems to be all identity politics all the time:

    https://twitter.com/IBJIYONGI

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  88. I worked in The Health Care Industry for 20 years . I’m certainly more racist than most of the commenters here . The world famous teaching hospital where I worked for abt 15 years here in B-More never saw a brown person they didn’t like . Some classes of first year residents were almost 50 % non white . But incompetence and indifference to Pt care had no relation to race/ethnic background . Of the seven worst examples I recall four involved exclusively white MD’s and three of those incidents were more akin to negligent homicide than incompetence . The other three incidents involved an Arab in one case (most unethical behavior ) , an Indian :unethical and incompetent and a Jew : incompetent and utter indifference to Pt. welfare. What should alarm all of you aging potential patients is that with no real effort these and several other examples come to mind . My personal experience after a heart attack 2 and 1/2 years ago involved an unethical Indian resident (interventional cardiologist ) . I can only liken the experience to those internet scammers who flash on your screen telling you to call immediately for help fixing your PC . Who you get for a doctor is really hit and miss . I’ve had better luck with finding car mechanics . I will say that when I had to have back Sx. abt 8 years ago I fortunate in that my GP gave me a non verbal hint which Sx. to choose otherwise no doctor is going to tell you that you are about to go under the knife of Dr. Mengale .The entire system itself is broken beyond repair in my opinion .

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  89. You can watch the ESPN episode 30 for 30 about this . I didn’t get the impression that he was brilliant , rather he was a competent Dr. doing his job .

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  90. ta-nehisi coates

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  91. Well we can always dream.

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  92. I saw this letter shared by a physicist friend a little while ago and I wondered when it would show up here. It was sad to read.

    Anyway, it reminded me of high school, when I was lucky enough to take classes from a skilled, superbly educated, passionate, and extremely intelligent instructor. He is black and was a leftist.

    The advanced class had one girl in it–a black girl! Within a week, she dropped the class. She did alright in the demanding biology course, but was in over her head (everyone was).

    Of the remaining 20 or so boys in the class, most went on to get undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in physics, engineering, materials science, etc.

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  93. If being a minority student in a majority-white physics class is that bad, then why not conduct all minority classes or have these students attend historically black colleges and universities?

    HBCUs do a better job of producing STEM graduates than other institutions of higher learning. HBCUs — the Best Producers of Black Graduates in STEM.

    All Black Students (Column 2) … The first row shows that HBCs enrolled 18 percent of all of the black students who were enrolled in the nation’s four year colleges and universities in the Fall 2008 semester. The second row shows that HBCUs conferred 27 percent of the STEM degrees that year. All other things being equal, we would have expected HBCUs to confer 18 percent of the STEM degrees; the additional 9 points represent an excess of 50 percent.

    Black Male Students (Column 3) … The first row shows that HBCs enrolled 19 percent of all of the black male students who were enrolled in the nation’s four year colleges and universities in the Fall 2008 semester. But the second row shows that HBCUs conferred 23 percent of the STEM degrees on the nation’s black male students that year. All other things being equal, we would have expected HBCUs to confer 19 percent of the STEM degrees on black males; the additional 4 points represent an excess of 20 percent.

    Black Female Students (Column 4) … The first row shows that HBCs enrolled 17 percent of all of the black female students who were enrolled in the nation’s four year colleges and universities in the Fall 2008 semester. But the second row shows that HBCUs conferred 31 percent of the STEM degrees that year. All other things being equal, we would have expected HBCUs to confer 17 percent of the STEM degrees on the nations black female students; instead they conferred almost twice as many STEM degrees on black female students, i.e., 31 percent. The additional 14 points represent an HBCU share that is 81 percent larger than we would have expected if the support provided by HBCUs for black female students in STEM programs was no more effective than the support provided by non-HBCUs.

    HCBU production of black STEM graduates lends support to the mismatch theory, which maintains that a student is less likely to follow through on initial plans to be a STEM major when a student’s grade and board scores are below average for a given school.

    If you want black STEM graduates, encourage blacks to go to a HCBU, not to a school where affirmative action admission policies result in the aforementioned mismatch.

    It is interesting that HBCU attendance has a bigger difference in STEM graduates for black females than for black males, given that black females tend to be higher academic achievers than black males.

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  94. The same producer who did the Negro Space Program (NAASA) needs to present a documentary how Negro scientists discovered radioactivity, split the atom, developed the cyclotron and built a working nuclear reactor (providing power to sharecropper cabins) years before white scientists did anything similar; only to have their work ignored by prejudiced and indifferent media. Perhaps it can even show that the Greeks stole the atomic theory of matter from sub-Saharan Africans. It was only the humanity of the Negro physicists, coupled with fear that they would fall into the wrong hands, that prevented the scientists from working on atomic weapons.

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  95. The Germans…..never could have pulled it off, which fact they seemed to have realized – they weren’t even trying to build a bomb.

    The US on the other hand was able to launch a truly massive effort to build atomic weapons

    The US succeeded where Germany failed largely due to the contributions of jewish physicists, many of them immigrants. The following are all jews (ethnic not religious):

    Father of the Atom Bomb: Oppenheimer
    Father of the Hydrogen Bomb: Teller
    Father of the Nuclear Submarine: Rickover

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  96. I note that the “Association of Black Physicists” has a website (not to be confused with the “Association of Hispanic Physicists”) and they have numerous job offers posted there, however, the full time position as an “IceCube Winterover Experiments Operator” at the South Pole has been posted for four weeks now, along with a tenure track position in “Health Physics” at U Mass.

    http://nsbp.org/jobs/

    The dissertation struck my non-Physics eyes as rather self indulgent and goofy, since it comprised mostly text which was heavy on broad speculative generalizations derived from generic astrophysics equations (which I don’t claim to understand.) The constant reference to dark energy, dark matter, and black bodies is also rather amusing since she frontloaded the dissertation with African contexts ranging from Langston Hughes to Igbo folklore.

    Not really sure what contribution MLK made to physics to justify naming a fellowship after him, that seems to scream “tokenism.” Then again, his grandson is named Isaac Newton King, Jr., IIRC.

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  97. I read up a lot on the big names in various branches of science, I didn’t read every last name but skimmed the whole list a couple of times and noticed only one name I have ever heard of, a physicist at Ohio State, a former child prodigy named Christopher Hirata. I don’t think he has quite lived up to the hype surrounding him, but that’s literally the only one of note I saw. I think he is half Japanese and half Korean ancestry, so not even remotely of African or Mestizo ancestry.

    However you are right about a lack of big names, no Dyson, Weinberg, Gell-Mann, Witten, Wilczek, Gross, Politzer, Seiberg, Susskind, Bjorken, Thorne, Maldacena, etc…none of the big names or even second tier names.

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  98. This prospect frightens me much more than bombs

    No worries. Hillary’s going to close all below average schools.

    Problems solved.

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  99. “Someone care to assess?”

    Forget it. Unfortunately much of cosmology and particle physics has entered the realm of the untestable and incomprehensible. After well over ten years it is still debated whether of not the theoretical physics theses of the Bogdanov twins (University of Burgundy) and their several published papers were for real or hoaxes, or something in between.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogdanov_affair

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  100. I would bet almost all are in “Academia.”

    Not signing would be like being the first Iraqi to stop clapping after Saddam made a speech.

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  101. …the discredited Mismatch Theory.

    I hate this rhetorical technique. Obama is particularly fond of it.

    I’m sure there’s a name for it, but it escapes me at the moment. But it’s incredibly irritating; it’s when an author glancingly implies a particular controversy has been definitively resolved, when said controversy is actually very much alive.

    If some study really succeeded in “discrediting” the “mismatch theory,” you can bet the New York Times would have been shouting about this important new research from its front page for a full week. But alas, no such study has ever been released. Instead, if you follow the footnote, they’re referencing some obscure article in some Blackety-Black academic journal that nobody reads. Upon this slender reed rests their curt dismissal of Scalia’s question.

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  102. Or someone has a gun (academic equivalent) to their collective head.

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  103. I think RG3 getting benched and then having Kirk Cousins go gangbusters has set things back for black QBs.

    To a rational person what you think is laughable. The best quarterback in the NFL this season is black, Cam Newton. So is the best quarterback in college football, Deshawn Watson.

    The third best rated quarterback this season is also black, Russel Wilson.

    Of the 5 black quarterbacks in the NFL 3 have made it to the playoffs, and it is a strong possibility that one of them will make it to the Super Bowl, making it the 4th year in a row that happens.

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  104. We see this because we know that many students from minority backgrounds are subjected to social and political stress from institutionalized racism

    Thank you God. I never thought I’d ever have the opportunity to ask this question to a group of physicists. What is the unit of measurement for institutional racism?

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  105. The uranium bomb was probably ready but by then Germany was done so there was no reason to use it. The Plutonium bomb was different and needed to be tested so that couldn’t be used until after they tested it and the Germans had surrendered.

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  106. Start looking into the people who signed it. Not very impressive and many (most?) of them aren’t even physicists. High school teachers? Really?

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  107. I thought it was established that institutional racism, as well as sexism, anti-semitism, homophobia and xenophobia are all measured in mH (microHitlers) up to the range of (gH) gigaHitlers which is equal to one Trump.

    Speaking of which, a further symptom of our cultural malaise is I have yet to hear a single good joke about The Donald which references Bridge.

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  108. Gotta love her personal statement at the top of her page:

    I still find that my most challenging experiences with discrimination are an awful non-linear combination of how people respond to my gender presentation, to my racial/ethnic presentation, and the assumptions people make about the socioeconomic class I grew up in.

    Physics doesn’t seem to be one of her top interests.

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  109. Dumb people got physics degrees….USA is screwed.

    Going along to get along may be cowardly, but it isn’t “dumb”

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  110. Pursuing racial grievances is much more likely to get her a job than pursuing physics, so I don’t blame her.

    Some interesting tidbits from her lengthy dedication – apparently her “black” side is from Barbados (one of the more functional Caribbean islands) so she has zero American slave ancestry. I’m sure MLK would be delighted to see his scholarships going to 7/8 white Barbadian Yiddish speakers (see below).

    And she offers this touching dedication in Yiddish:

    For Grandpa Norman, who was there every step of the way:
    Ikh hob dikh azoyfil nokh gebenkt. Ikh hob dikh lib.
    (In English – I have missed you so much. I love you.)

    I really don’t blame this girl for her shtick. People respond to incentives – she didn’t create this crazy system. If her mother hadn’t dabbled in race mixing she might have even had the IQ to be a real physicist.

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  111. It is now routine in academia to hire lesser contributors to good work who happen to be women when the principal authors go without jobs, or are underemployed (my field is almost without non-Asian minorities).

    There are many cases in which a minor (female) contributor on a good paper gets a good tenure-track job at a fine institution when the principal (male) author, who all acknowledge actually did the work, cannot even get a postdoc position at a third rate department. Worse yet, a few years later the woman is credited with the work. Indeed, in most cases, they come to believe they actually did it themselves.

    And then there is the endless complaining about how unfairly they are treated …

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  112. I know of one example supporting this: An old college buddy of mine got his doctorate in theoretical physics, and after spending a year or two in some bunker studying solar neutrino emissions said something much to the effect of your comment. He is now a lawyer.

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  113. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogdanov_affair

    That’s pretty wild — two French TV star twins who are smart enough to host science shows got themselves doctorates with dissertations that might be either genius or gibberish.

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    “I still find that my most challenging experiences with discrimination are an awful non-linear combination of how people respond to my gender presentation, to my racial/ethnic presentation, and the assumptions people make about the socioeconomic class I grew up in.”

    Some of these people attribute so much to their race, gender, and class but it might be that other people are actually responding to their annoying personalities and chips on their shoulders.

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  115. Advice for black students with a 700 on the math portion of the SAT: don’t kill yourself in physics up against people who got an 800, instead major in econ and then get an MBA. Seriously.

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  116. I don’t really understand how so many people could believe in the nonsense they are taught.

    On the one hand, I could see how upper class folks would really have no idea what it is like to live with blacks or mexicans, because they really never deal with them, and if they do, it is the best of them.

    And I could see how blacks and mexicans themselves would not be able to realize facts about themselves that are true but unflattering.

    But, what about normal people? How is it so easy to teach otherwise sensible people things that run entirely contrary to what is going on in front of their eyes?

    Does anyone have a good answer?

    I suppose what I say is that the human mind is somehow religious, and will always need to believe in things that are magical.

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  117. The US succeeded where Germany failed largely due to the contributions of jewish physicists, many of them immigrants. The following are all jews (ethnic not religious):

    Father of the Atom Bomb: Oppenheimer
    Father of the Hydrogen Bomb: Teller
    Father of the Nuclear Submarine: Rickover

    And none of them were Black, or Mestizo, or, etc, etc

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  118. “science relies heavily on consensus about acceptable results”

    That’s a new one on me.

    “however much you deny the truth, the truth goes on existing, as it were, behind your back, and you consequently can’t violate it in ways that impair military efficiency.”

    The solution for that is fake wars that don’t require military efficiency. Then you get to control the narrative however you like. I suspect that in ’1984′ the supposed rival powers Eurasia & Eastasia didn’t even really exist, just a narrative of endless war justifying the Inner Party’s control.

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  119. NPR reported the mass ape story today, but stressed that it was wrong to attribute it to Arab and African immigrants. Not clear whether they meant factually wrong or hate-factually wrong.

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  120. There is an episode of the Big Bang Theory where the Leonard Hofstadter character a physicist, is strongly encouraged to have sex with a very wealthy and much older women to secure a grant from her.

    In today’s college environment, I’m guessing there is more then one physicist who goes home to listen to his Nazi Punk or Black Metal collection (on head phones) who knows well enough that he had to sign the letter when it was passed to him. Be it a government grant or from the many progressive non profits who provide research grants, one has to indicate you’ve been assimilated.

    FYI -I work for a Fortune 500 company, I always know to nod my head yes when diversity propaganda comes around. Call me a sell out, but income is income.

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    Is there any track record of Indian brahmins being as good in civil administration as the Chinese? I mean for all of their IQ India was a giant disunited mess compared to China, and the high IQ brahmins never did manage to make an equivalent of the imperial civil service exam.

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  122. On the other hand, the evidence for Mismatch Theory isn’t as strong as I imagined it would be when I first heard about it 30 or 40 years ago. The issue is that richer colleges are generally better at pushing marginal students through to graduation than are poorer colleges.

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  123. Topping the signers who are merely M.S-holders, I saw an actual undergrad physics major listed.

    I’m a retired physicist, and I scanned the first ~500 names in the list of signers. I might have recognized one of the names. Maybe.

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  124. “A physicsist”

    Are you for real?

    It is spelled ‘physicist’.

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  125. “… the oppressive luminiferous ether of institutional racism and the phlogiston of white privilege. …”

    Excellent coinages!!

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  126. science relies heavily on consensus about acceptable results as well as future research directions, making diversity among scientists a crucial aspect of objective…

    It’s like Soros copping to waging war on borders with migrants, these guys. Objectivity is the problem for which Diversity is the solution.
    The scientific tradition begins with the Greeks first attempting to understand the world without reference to mythology. These guys are going to finally fix that.

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  127. I think about every application for an NSF grant has to include a statement about how the grant, if funded, will be used to Pursue Diversity.

    So being the Ph.D. advisor of a woman is pretty helpful, especially if it’s a field without many women. Being the Ph.D. advisor of a black is a very big plus.

    Traditionally one of the big hurdles in getting a STEM Ph.D. was passing “qualifying exams” covering the basic knowledge that graduate students were supposed to have acquired before starting their research. Students of Diversity often could not pass these qualifying exams, so quite a few graduate programs have gotten rid of them. With a little luck an incompetent black graduate student can find an advisor who will write his or her thesis to get the Diversity bonus points.

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  128. I don’t have the sources at hand, but I seem to recall that mismatch theory shows up pretty strongly in law school – something like half of black enrollees in law school (many of them people who could never have gotten into ANY law school but for AA) never pass the bar exam. There’s no possibility of switching to African Studies or some easier major in law school. There’s no AA (yet) on the bar exam. You might be able to get some extra tutoring but that won’t get you very far.

    And the big kicker for elite law schools is this – 2nd tier (and below) law schools are generally run like 3 year long bar review courses for the law of the state they are located in, but top tier law schools consider themselves national and intellectual and don’t teach to the bar exam of any state – that’s too pedestrian. So they will teach you the theoretical basis for having a statute of limitations but they won’t teach you that the statute of limitation for contractual disputes in NY is 6 years. They figure that if you are smart enough to get into their school, you are smart enough to memorize the boring specifics in a couple of months of a bar review course. But for an AA admit that is not super sharp, an 8 week bar review course is not going to do it. So they are WORSE off going to say Columbia instead of Brooklyn Law School where they would spend 3 years instead of 8 weeks going over the NY statutes.

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  129. Consensus really does have an impact in terms of both funding and whether/where your paper gets accepted.

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    How prominent are Americanized East Asian women among the female SJW group, I recall seeing some of them on twitter.

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  131. The US succeeded because of sheer weight of numbers. The US spent 2 billion dollars on the Manhattan project. That was a lot of money back then. They also had everything the British had done on their bomb project prior to the war and the British scientists were working with them. It wasn’t like the only people who knew about the atom being split or radioactivity were the Jews. The project was as much an engineering project as a research one.

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  132. And none of them were Black, or Mestizo, or, etc, etc

    None of the STEM nerds from as recently as ~1500 years ago were germans or scandinavians or scots etc etc. On the other hand african STEM geniuses built this 4500 years ago:

    http://www.phantastische-zeiten-shop.de/images/sphinx.logo.jpg

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  133. There is a whole book written about it.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extraordinary_Popular_Delusions_and_the_Madness_of_Crowds

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    as to the Original post:
    “Meanwhile, white students unfairly benefit psychologically from being overrepresented” – white self esteem

    Considering that white peoples comprise about 65% of the population, are they really overrepresented in physics? From the looks of the picture that Steve posted of the Cal Tech students, Asians look like they might be actually be overrepresented.

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    Also, if this notion of over representation is such a big deal, then we need to talk about blacks in sports and Asians and Jewish students at top schools and other plum positions in our country.

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  136. I used to, a lot, but it didn’t reciprocate, so now I am focusing on cultivating my own garden.

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  137. Physics majors tend to be like English majors, politically.

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  138. Richard Feynman was a pretty darned good percussionist, including bongos.

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  139. And none of them were Black, or Mestizo, or, etc, etc

    None of the STEM nerds from as recently as ~1500 years ago were germans or scandinavians or scots etc etc. On the other hand african STEM geniuses built this 4500 years ago:

    http://www.phantastische-zeiten-shop.de/images/sphinx.logo.jpg

    Not very impressive as an example of” STEM genius”, dear fellow. Or, to put it another way, it’s not very impressive when compared to the work of Archimedes, Hipparchus, Diophantus, Newton, Leibniz, Gauss, etc

    And the fellows who built the Sphinx weren’t Sub-Saharan Africans…..

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  140. Speaking of Heisenberg, I recall some speculation that he deliberately slowed down the Nazi nuclear program. Anybody know if that’s true?

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  141. There’s a lot more to physics than particle physics aka high energy physics. Condensed matter physics, a generalization of what used to be called solid state physics, is really hot (well, lots of it is really cold – as in barely above absolute zero – but you know what I mean).

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  142. “The US succeeded where Germany failed largely due to the contributions of jewish physicists, many of them immigrants. The following are all jews (ethnic not religious):”

    That is a common conception, and it is a misconception. As Jack D pointed out, there is no “jewish physics”. Physics is physics. It doesn’t require the magical touch of any one tribe.

    Oppenheimer did not really function as a scientist in the Manhattan project, but as an administrator (albeit an able one). Teller functioned as a pest. If they had followed his advice, they probably wouldn’t have produced a functioning weapon during the war. He did have a key insight about the H-bomb, however the implementation was due to other people. The guy you’re looking for is Hans Bethe (who was jewish); as head of the theoretical group at Los Alamos, he was pretty important. Fundmentally however, it was not this or that physicist (or which ethnicity they belonged to) who permitted the US to build the bomb. It was the vast resources that the US could bring to bear on the problem.

    Same with Rickover. He was a competent (and ruthless) administrator, and he was technically competent. But we still would have had a nuclear navy without him. The Russians didn’t have him.

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  143. “Are you for real?

    It is spelled ‘physicist’.”

    It is spelled “typo”. Even physicists make them.

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  144. We wuz kaaangs!

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  145. Physics majors tend to be like English majors, politically.

    Yes, they and the math majors (I was physics) tend to gravitate towards the avant garde despite their nerdiness. Engineering students, at least traditionally, have tended to be far more conservative IME.

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  146. there is no such thing as Science…all science is biased depending on who is doing the Science-Ing.

    That was Oswald Spengler’s thesis in The Decline of the West. His first argument is that mathematics is entirely cultural – although they share similar forms, the ancient Greek “one two three” is in its essence different from the modern Western “one two three” – we are counting different “things”.

    The book is worth reading – he makes a decent case that the issue (of the objectivity of any element of human endeavour) isn’t as clearcut as anyone, on either side, would really like it to be.

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  147. It is now routine in academia to hire lesser contributors to good work who happen to be women when the principal authors go without jobs, or are underemployed (my field is almost without non-Asian minorities).

    There are many cases in which a minor (female) contributor on a good paper gets a good tenure-track job at a fine institution when the principal (male) author, who all acknowledge actually did the work, cannot even get a postdoc position at a third rate department.

    Michael Savage used to complain more about it. But he experienced this crap years ago (maybe 30 years?) and left his field in disgust. He wanted to teach and get onto a tenure track but he kept losing out to inferior women and minorities. I once heard him go on for ten minutes about how he got screwed by the PC university maggots of that time. At UC Berkley.
    He obtained a Ph.D. in 1978 from the University of California, Berkeley, in nutritional ethnomedicine._____wikipedia

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  148. Teach the controversy!

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