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Veteran iSteve Content Generator Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (she/her/they) has topped herself with a new paper in a U. of Chicago journal Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.

Volume 45, Number 2 | Winter 2020

Making Black Women Scientists under White Empiricism: The Racialization of Epistemology in Physics

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of New Hampshire, Durham

Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Abstract: In this article I take on the question of how the exclusion of Black American women from physics impacts physics epistemologies, and I highlight the dynamic relationship between this exclusion and the struggle for women to reconcile “Black woman” with “physicist.” I describe the phenomenon where white epistemic claims about science—which are not rooted in empirical evidence—receive more credence and attention than Black women’s epistemic claims about their own lives. To develop this idea, I apply an intersectional analysis to Joseph Martin’s concept of prestige asymmetry in physics, developing the concept of white empiricism to discuss the impact that Black women’s exclusion has had on physics epistemology. By considering the essentialization of racism and sexism alongside the social construction of ascribed identities, I assess the way Black women physicists self-construct as scientists and the subsequent impact of epistemic outcomes on the science itself.

Who is allowed to be an observer in physics, and who is fundamentally denied the possibility? In this article, I propose that race and ethnicity impact epistemic outcomes in physics, despite the universality of the laws that undergird physics, and I introduce the concept of white empiricism to provide one explanation for why. White empiricism is the phenomenon through which only white people (particularly white men) are read has having a fundamental capacity for objectivity and Black people (particularly Black women) are produced as an ontological other. This phenomenon is stabilized through the production and retention of what Joseph Martin calls prestige asymmetry, which explains how social resources in physics are distributed based on prestige. In American society, Black women are on the losing end of an ontic prestige asymmetry whereby different scientists “garner unequal public approbation” in their everyday lives due to ascribed identities such as gender and race (Martin 2017, 475). White empiricism is one of the mechanisms by which this asymmetry follows Black women physicists into their professional lives. Because white empiricism contravenes core tenets of modern physics (e.g., covariance and relativity), it negatively impacts scientific outcomes and harms the people who are othered.

White empiricism comes to dominate empirical discourse in physics because whiteness powerfully shapes the predominant arbiters of who is a valid observer of physical and social phenomena. Based primarily on their own experiences, white men, who are the dominant demographic in physics, construct the figure of the observer to exclude anyone who does not share the attending social and intellectual identities and beliefs. These beliefs can limit investigations of what constitutes a reasonable physical theory, whether the scientific method should be brought to bear on this physical theory, and the capacity to understand how incidents of racism disrupt the potential for objective discourse. Essentially, white empiricism involves a predominantly white, predominantly male professional community selectively failing to apply the scientific method to themselves while using “scientific” evaluation to strengthen the barriers to Black women’s entry into physics. White empiricism is therefore a form of antiempiricism masquerading as an empirical approach to the natural world. By denying agency to Black women in discussions of racism, white empiricism predetermines the experiences of Black women in physics.

To provide an example of the role that white empiricism plays in physics, I discuss the current debate in string theory about postempiricism, motivated in part by a question: why are string theorists calling for an end to empiricism rather than an end to racial hegemony? I believe the answer is that knowledge production in physics is contingent on the ascribed identities of the physicists. Contingentists focus on top-down social forces, or the contingency associated with laboratory instrumentation; in this way, they challenge any assumption that scientific decision making is purely objective.1 Scientists are also typically monists—believers in the idea that there is only one science—who, rather than feeling burdened to prove there is only one science, expect contingentists to prove that there can be more than one (Soler 2015b). This monist approach to science typically forecloses a closer investigation of how identity and epistemic outcomes intermix.

Yet white empiricism undermines a significant theory of twentieth-century physics: General Relativity (Johnson 1983). Albert Einstein’s monumental contribution to our empirical understanding of gravity is rooted in the principle of covariance, which is the simple idea that there is no single objective frame of reference that is more objective than any other (Sachs 1993). All frames of reference, all observers, are equally competent and capable of observing the universal laws that underlie the workings of our physical universe. Yet the number of women in physics remains low, especially those of African descent (Ong 2005; Hodari et al. 2011; Ong, Smith, and Ko 2018). The gender imbalance between Black women and Black men is less severe than in many professions, but the disparity remains (National Science Foundation 2018). Given that Black women must, according to Einstein’s principle of covariance, have an equal claim to objectivity regardless of their simultaneously experiencing intersecting axes of oppression, we can dispense with any suggestion that the low number of Black women in science indicates any lack of validity on their part as observers.

Somebody should send this to Paul Johnson because this paper not only vindicates the opening chapter on Relativity in his 1981 history Modern Times, it takes it to a whole ‘nother level.

It is instead important to examine the way the social forces at work shape Black women’s standpoint as observers—scientists—with a specific interest in how scientific knowledge is dependent on this specific standpoint. As Jarita Holbrook notes, Black students have their capacity for objectivity questioned simply because their standpoint on racism is different from that of white students and scientists who don’t have to experience its consequences.2 …

In this article, I use a combination of critical race theory, feminist standpoint theory, and contingency theory to show that race and ethnicity do impact epistemic outcomes in physics and that white supremacy in physics produces Black physicists as a permanent ontological Other.

As proof of white supremacy in physics, here is a photo of the 2018 U.S. Physics Team of top high school physics student who represent America in the Physics Olympics:

“… Shocked and appalled by the amount of white adjacency in that photograph.” — @Outsideness

Prestige asymmetry and the manufacture of white empiricism

Social history insists that identity matters, and since science is a social practice, identity is also a factor of scientific knowledge production. Social practices in the regions that were historically part of the transatlantic slave trade occur in the wake of slavery (Sharpe 2016, 8). Thus, Martin’s prestige asymmetry is a phenomenon that occurs in the wake of slavery in the Americas, in the African continent, and in Europe (Sharpe 2016, 14). Yet Traweek’s particle physicists (interchangeably known as high energy physicists) imagine themselves to be unshackled by this history, as participants in a “culture of no culture” (Traweek 1992, 162).

Martin is concerned by a specific aspect of this nonculture: why particle physics and astrophysics are considered to be more prestigious than condensed matter and materials science (2017). He argues that this prestige asymmetry is evident in and is reproduced in science journalism, which treats advances in particle physics as major intellectual achievements, while advances in condensed matter are regarded as mere material, technological achievements. Here I note, too, that minoritized individuals are discouraged from pursuing lines of work that are considered especially intellectually challenging (Hernandez 2010). Their absence from these lines of work is then proffered as evidence of their lack of adequate preparation or competency.

… Notably, the majority of Black American women who have earned PhDs in physics, astronomy, and related fields have done so in areas on the “wrong” side of prestige asymmetry (see, e.g., Valentine 2018). The most highly esteemed field, high energy physics theory (which covers particles, quantum gravity, and some aspects of cosmology and nuclear physics), has only seen about six completed PhDs by Black American women, with a greater (although still disproportionately low) number going to Black men.

The experiences of Black scientists in professional physics can be described by frameworks developed in the field of social epistemology: epistemic injustice, epistemic oppression, and conceptual competence injustice.

… Making aggressive behavior a requirement for academic success is especially harmful to Black women, since Black women are demonized for engaging in behaviors that even hint at aggression (Harris-Perry 2011, 89). …

Disentangling physics from the norms of patriarchal white supremacy must begin with an honest accounting of the roots of the Western scientific project in the project of slavery. Slavery is rarely the starting point for discussions of what many of us would call the post–Enlightenment era development of science, which Jonathan Marks helpfully defines as “the production of convincing knowledge in modern society” (2009, 2), but in order to understand the epistemic dismissal of Black women, we must begin with slavery. Science, mathematics, and slavery were intimately connected: whether it was the early evolution of insurance and actuarial science to calculate the value of jettisoned cargo—brutally murdered people—or efforts to minimize the bow wave—the wake—of ships, to make them faster, to speed the movement of kidnapped Africans from the torturous Middle Passage to a tortured lifetime and usually death in the bondage of chattel slavery (Sharpe 2016, 35). Even a century and a half after the end of slavery and with Black intellectuals making inroads in white-dominant academia, they continue to face epistemic injustice, epistemic marginalization, presumed incompetence, and the cognitive dissonance of consciously recognizing the white supremacy that pervades the scientific culture of “no culture” (Traweek 1992, 162).

While Black men in physics face racism-related epistemic challenges, Black women in particular are in a double bind, subject to both racism and sexism. Black women’s unique experiences with sexism are misogynoir, a misogyny that specifically targets Black women (Bailey 2010).4 Perpetrators of misogynoir can include both Black men and non-Black people, necessarily making Black women’s experiences with white supremacist practices in science, including white empiricism, distinct from those of Black men. Misogynoir can take the form of epistemic exploitation, where Black women are expected to educate colleagues and acquaintances about their experiences with sexism and racism (Berenstain 2016; Dancy, Edwards, and Davis 2018). White empiricism is therefore also a tripling down on epistemic exploitation: it involves both exclusion and a demand for labor to explain the experience of exclusion and then disbelief in response to the victim’s testimony (Langton 2000; Gutiérrez y Muhs et al. 2012; McKinnon, forthcoming).

To give a very explicit example of how white empiricism operates within the physics community, I must analyze recent debates about the future of string theory. …

Surveying what should happen next, there are at least three distinct possibilities:

1. Patience is required, and evidence is coming.
2. String theory has failed to succeed in expected ways because the community—which is almost entirely male and disproportionately white relative to other areas of physics—is too homogeneous.
3. The scientific method overly constrains our models to meet certain requirements that no longer serve the needs of physics theory.

… The second option is effectively unconsidered in the literature.

But the Theory of Intersectionality proves that because Women of Color have been marginalized since 1619, they have all these amazing thoughts about how to fix String Theory. That’s why you’ve seen all those opeds in the New York Times recently by young women of color with titles like:

My New String Theory: My Hair Is Not Stringy!

And there’s a whole lot more …

8 Without distracting too much from the main point of this text, it is worth noting that at the time of this writing, there has been no publication of a history of Black women in physics, and this is a future project potentially of interest to the author. Hidden Figures provides some insight into the lives of Black women mathematicians (by training) who became space scientists on the job at NASA (Shetterly 2016; Edwards and Harris 2017). Because these women did not have the opportunity to work as principal investigators, they are not a focus of the text here. But Hidden Figures provides a model for future, needed work that analyzes what is nearing a half century of Black women PhDs in physics, since 1972 (Valentine 2018).

Movie executives, have your people call my people. We should do lunch! The Chanda Prescod-Weinstein Story will sweep the 2022 Oscars.

 
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  1. Hey, she has the same first name as Chanda Chisala! Perhaps there is a pattern here.

    • Replies: @RonaldB
    Nope. Chanda Chisala has a well-reasoned argument supported by empirical and publicly-available data. He may be correct in his thesis or he may not, but he has presented cogent and reasoned arguments. His thesis is that the widely-accepted model of a genetically-determined, lower group IQ for blacks as opposed to whites, does not fit the available data.

    Chanda Prescod-Weinstein's ramblings have no more coherence than, and indeed may be the result of, an extended hebephrenic rant.
  2. Steve,

    You must make fun of Melinda Gates’ videos about the ‘pay gap’. On YouTube, they have just about the worst upvote/downvote ratio ever. She even sneaks in that ‘all people in tech are white’.

    https://dalrock.wordpress.com/2019/12/02/humorless-scolds/

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
    Melinda Gates should be doing PSAs about how community property is much better than equal pay or equal work.
    , @Reg Cæsar
    Your YouTube* chain led to these refreshing alternatives:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3WMuzhQXJoY


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lgIgytWyo_A


    *Has Belgium contributed anything to the information highway beyond the .be in youtu.be?

  3. • Replies: @International Jew
    It's cute that they're holding that meeting in a classroom fitted out with the kind of sliding blackboards that were traditional in math and physics lectures. Kinda like holding a spray can grafitti artist convention in the Louvre's gallery of Flemish oil paintings.

    And here's some interesting background on that video.
    https://www.groundup.org.za/article/uct-silence-things-not-even-being-attempted/
    Too many barbarians inside the gates already, I guess.

  4. This parade of entitled credentialed losers is depressing. Can we go back to golf? Or even baseball?

  5. I give up. I simply can’t deal with all the madness any more. I’m going to find a cave in the Rockies and move into it.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    I give up. I simply can’t deal with all the madness any more. I’m going to find a cave in the Rockies and move into it.
     
    But that's where women's suffrage was born-- Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Montana...


    https://etc.usf.edu/maps/pages/11700/11702/11702.gif

    (NB: This map employs a double standard. Wyoming and Utah should be 1869 and 1870, or 1890 and 1896. Territory, or statehood? Make up your mind!)

  6. Black women’s unique experiences with sexism are misogynoir, a misogyny that specifically targets Black women (Bailey

    Misogynoir…..Once the PC concept has been reduced to a single word, the battle for the mind of the WOKE is won….

  7. Was that the abstract or the whole enchilada?

  8. I guess she thought it was white boy day:

  9. I don’t care how much funding they give this, I’m still doing condensed matter theory.

  10. Pretty sad that the “Live Free or Die” state is not safe from this.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    The "Live Free or Die" state died years ago when the critical number of Massholes fleeing the People's Commonwealth changed New Hampshire's politics forever, just like California refugees are doing to Idaho.

    The state's icon even gave up!

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

    UNH is the safetiest of safety schools. An idiot like her belongs there.
  11. Albert Einstein’s monumental contribution to our empirical understanding of gravity is rooted in the principle of covariance, which is the simple idea that there is no single objective frame of reference that is more objective than any other (Sachs 1993). All frames of reference, all observers, are equally competent and capable of observing the universal laws that underlie the workings of our physical universe.

    No. No. No.

    Einstein is talking about coordinate systems, not the equal competence of all observers. Not about five year olds looking through paper towel tubes for telescopes, because that is the logical end of Ms Prescod-Weinstein’s reasoning.

    • Replies: @bomag
    Yes, a hilarious misuse.

    I was ready for her to announce that all numbers are useful; are equally useful; therefore all numbers are equal.
    , @jb
    Yes, and that's followed by

    Given that Black women must, according to Einstein’s principle of covariance, have an equal claim to objectivity regardless of their simultaneously experiencing intersecting axes of oppression, we can dispense with any suggestion that the low number of Black women in science indicates any lack of validity on their part as observers.
     
    Seriously, Alan Sokal couldn't have put it better. Either she's genuinely nuts, or this is some sort of over-the-top hyperbole based on the assumption that everyone reading it sees the world exactly the same she way does and therefore can be counted upon to get the joke. I really can't come up with any other explanation for a person with a degree in physics saying something like this!
    , @Lurker

    Not about five year olds looking through paper towel tubes for telescopes, because that is the logical end of Ms Prescod-Weinstein’s reasoning.
     
    Unfortunately that sort of convenient relativism has been employed for sometime.
    , @International Jew
    Ok, but you gotta admit that was the funniest part of her paper.
    , @Pericles
    Half the paper appears to be about distorting the meaning of common terms and the other half about unfounded nasty assertions regarding physicists.
    , @Alan Mercer
    I applaud Chanda's important work, but I'm a little disappointed she didn't mention dogs. What do they think of cosmology, and why do so many people think their covariant perspective is less valid than Einstein's? I'm starting the grant proposal.
  12. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

    Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of New Hampshire, Durham

    Does she wear a prescodpiece?

    Chanda Prescod-Weinstein = Accredited! Swish a pennon!

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    These may be more appropriate-- and they're older than her:


    https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images1/1/0716/24/vtg-chicago-black-expo-african_1_19a03c23f9a7fc9484963b386376dc22.jpg
  13. Word salad. Schizophrenia. Sad.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    Word salad.
     
    An apt description of her entire worthless career.

    http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2007/01/guest-post-chanda.html

    The planet killing asteroid can't arrive soon enough.
    , @Justvisiting
    The old line about monkeys and typewriters/keyboards used to be amusing.

    It is not so funny anymore.
  14. @The Plutonium Kid
    I give up. I simply can't deal with all the madness any more. I'm going to find a cave in the Rockies and move into it.

    I give up. I simply can’t deal with all the madness any more. I’m going to find a cave in the Rockies and move into it.

    But that’s where women’s suffrage was born– Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Montana…

    (NB: This map employs a double standard. Wyoming and Utah should be 1869 and 1870, or 1890 and 1896. Territory, or statehood? Make up your mind!)

    • Replies: @ATBOTL
    Why was women's suffrage more popular in the West?
  15. “My New String Theory: My Hair Is Not Stringy!”

    No, it’s nappy. Or its like Brillo/SOS.

  16. This reads like Alan Sokol and Peter Woit had a co-dependent meth habit and went on a cross-country road trip with a laptop and Chanda’s email password.

    • LOL: Redneck farmer
  17. There is a whole continent with many countries entirely populated with Black people since long before White people came on the scene. Black women there have had plenty of chances to do physics unencumbered by evil White men holding them back. The author should go there and mine all the wonderful discoveries that White men won’t acknowledge.

    • LOL: jim jones
    • Replies: @Anonymousse
    White misogynoir narratives of privilege asymmetry create a system of oppression such that people who think they’re white are ignorant of the full spectrum counter oppressive work of black bodies in traditional Afroqueered spaces such as so called “aerospace”

    https://youtu.be/T6xJzAYYrX8

    https://youtu.be/0h_cqTCT5g0
  18. @Reg Cæsar

    Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

    Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of New Hampshire, Durham
     
    Does she wear a prescodpiece?



    Chanda Prescod-Weinstein = Accredited! Swish a pennon!


    https://hookandloop.weebly.com/uploads/1/2/3/8/12387576/s138205552142520978_p227_i7_w1512.jpeg

    https://i.etsystatic.com/10083103/r/il/d67762/1583684202/il_570xN.1583684202_gvks.jpg

    https://justseeds.org/wp-content/uploads/13micuerpo_maindetail.jpg

    These may be more appropriate– and they’re older than her:

  19. Maybe she should instead ask why (extremely) White Jewish and Goyim feminist supremacists excluded women of ALL racial colors from their little club for the last 60 years while they were vacuuming up as much Matriarchal privilege for themselves as they could? Women of color weren’t exactly who they meant when they wanted their more-than-equality in the Civil Rights Bill in 1964 or 65. On top of that, they supported so much illegal immigration from Hispanic-Land that Blacks were displaced in every conceivable industry there was. Do these privileged White Feminists, Jewess or not, ever listen to themselves? She’s pretty damned White and White women OWN the joint now. She can’t possibly be blaming White men. And what about Black MEN? Aren’t they entitled? These gals are pretty racist and sexist if you ask me, they check every box.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    The only thing black about that picture is her dress. She's whiter than Rachael Dolezal.
    , @Yngvar
    She has got a nice body, and it's great that she has kept herself in shape after marrying this Weinstein guy. Married women usually don't do that. Takes a lot of self discipline.
    Stringency -- both private and public.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Women of color weren’t exactly who they meant when they wanted their more-than-equality in the Civil Rights Bill in 1964 or 65.
     
    The Root: How Racism Tainted Women's Suffrage

    How Racism Nearly Derailed Women’s Right to Vote



    https://miro.medium.com/max/600/1*WwDjpZeTU33jVRkOMHnsMw.jpeg
  20. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

    From Wikipedia:

    Prescod-Weinstein is an advocate[21] for increasing the diversity within science by considering intersectionality[22] and proper celebration of the underrepresented groups who contribute to scientific knowledge production.[23] She has been a member of the executive committee of the National Society of Black Physicists.[24] In 2017 she was a plenary speaker at the Women in Physics Canada meeting.[25]

    There’s physics, and then there’s Black Physics.

    Prescod-Weinstein’s popular new science book, The Disordered Cosmos, is fourthcoming from Bold Type Books in Spring 2021, which draws from her experience and knowledge as a Black woman theoretical physicist.[41]

    Chicano physics?

    Prescod-Weinstein is an active member of the Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences at the University of New Hampshire. She is also part of the committee for Sexual Orientation and Gender Minorities in Astronomy at UNH.

    Queer AND agender. Take that, bigots!

    Prescod-Weinstein is queer and agender.

    Yet again, the only thing worse than your mother immigrating to a bigoted America built by racist, cisgendered White people would be your mother not being allowed to immigrate to a bigoted America built by racist, cisgendered White people.

    Her mother Margaret Prescod emigrated from Barbados as a teenager, and in New York was a founder of International Black Women for Wages for housework in 1974.

    As economists like to say, “What cannot go on will not go on.”

    • Replies: @Alessandro Strumia
    Please don't forget to copy this from wikipedia: «In 2018, Prescod-Weinstein was one of 18 authors of "Particles for Justice", a statement condemning Alessandro Strumia».
  21. > “Black woman” with “physicist.”<

    the "didn't do nothin'" crowd vs "cause and effect" crowd

  22. @Elli
    Albert Einstein’s monumental contribution to our empirical understanding of gravity is rooted in the principle of covariance, which is the simple idea that there is no single objective frame of reference that is more objective than any other (Sachs 1993). All frames of reference, all observers, are equally competent and capable of observing the universal laws that underlie the workings of our physical universe.

    No. No. No.

    Einstein is talking about coordinate systems, not the equal competence of all observers. Not about five year olds looking through paper towel tubes for telescopes, because that is the logical end of Ms Prescod-Weinstein's reasoning.

    Yes, a hilarious misuse.

    I was ready for her to announce that all numbers are useful; are equally useful; therefore all numbers are equal.

  23. Don’t blame us White guys, we were excluded and it looks to me like White women are pretty damned greedy to share with Women Of Color, even. They’ll USE them, but they won’t work with them. .

  24. You know, this esoteric physics stuff can lead to … murder

  25. This woman is apparently a trained theoretical physicist, not just a women’s studies person. I am trying to figure out how it’s possible to get a graduate education in physics and then say something so bone-headed about the subject that someone who last studied physics in the 10th grade (me) can immediately know it’s ridiculous. Covariance has nothing whatsoever to do with the aptitude of scientists, except perhaps as some kind of tortured metaphor, but she seems to be entirely playing it straight.

    • Replies: @newrouter
    Note this:
    >Hidden Figures provides some insight into the lives of Black women mathematicians (by training) <

    She could do all the theory and computations for the degrees but has zero ability to see a larger picture.
    Taleb's "Intellectual yet Idiot" theme.

    , @jpp
    Having a PHD doesn't mean that she's a particularly intelligent or accomplished scientist. Tellingly, Chanda's Wikipedia page doesn't attribute to her any notably significant scientific discoveries, just tidbits like the fact that she got an NSF Fellowship to go to graduate school. This specific item isn't trivial, but mainly just means that she was an organized go-getter, earned decent grades in perhaps quite easy undergraduate classes, netted a recommendation or two from professors to whom she cozied up, and, of course, was likely propelled over the top by means of the minority boost. In fact, generally, from my own experiences interacting with graduate and research departments in the formal sciences in a previous stage of life, my impression is that a fair number of people who obtain PHDs in fields like physics and mathematics fail to qualify as being exceptionally intelligent or accomplished. My impression is that at an absolutely top tier graduate school for physics or mathematics, say, Princeton or MIT, the distribution of talent among graduate students approximately breaks down as follows. About 25% of the people there are bonafide prodigies, who may have excelled at math olympiads, single authored non trivial research as undergraduates, fully assimilated a foreboding breadth of scientific theories before entering graduate school, etc. About 50% of graduate students qualify as serious, genuine, very smart people who still fail decisively short of being true geniuses. Some small cut of folks in this category, maybe 10%, will go on to produce first rate research and ascertain tenure at fancy places, but they stand close to zero chance of ever winning the highest accolades, getting the fields medal, retiring into history in the same light as Hilbert and company. And then you have the bottom 25%, who might be sufficiently serious and capable to make it through a PHD program, but who won't amount to a whole lot and probably fall below the quality of many students at decent state school graduate departments. Their PHD thesis was likely primarily fed to them by their adviser with heavy and pervasive hints. Of these, some cut will suffer through futile post doc / associate professorships upon gaining their PHD, but they will never produce original non trivial thoughts, and their best hope is to become professional co-authors who leech as minor co-contributors off of their adviser's research circle, and maybe get a job in a podunk, non influential department, like UNH physics. And, of course, I've mentioned her before on Sailer's blog, but there is also a very small tranche of singularly atrocious graduate students of the Piper Harron variety (look her up), whose advisers write the entirety of their thesis and do whatever they can to graduate / dispense with them in the least frictional manner. It's entirely possible that Chanda is a Piper Harron.
  26. To provide an example of the role that white empiricism plays in physics, I discuss the current debate in string theory about postempiricism, motivated in part by a question: why are string theorists calling for an end to empiricism rather than an end to racial hegemony?

    Indeed. Why aren’t string theorists calling for an end to racial hegemony! I think we’ve all been wondering about that.

    Ms. Prescot-Weinstein’s contributions amply demonstrate how much affirmative action for women will add to the search for truth in the hard sciences.

    • LOL: Tusk
  27. @Thomm
    Steve,

    You must make fun of Melinda Gates' videos about the 'pay gap'. On YouTube, they have just about the worst upvote/downvote ratio ever. She even sneaks in that 'all people in tech are white'.

    https://dalrock.wordpress.com/2019/12/02/humorless-scolds/

    Melinda Gates should be doing PSAs about how community property is much better than equal pay or equal work.

    • LOL: ic1000, bomag
  28. Sure sounds like voodoo to me. She has a Caribbean connection.

  29. prestige asymmetry in physics, developing the concept of white empiricism to discuss the impact that Black women’s exclusion has had on physics epistemology…..

    Word salad rules! Stern used to rank on clueless black dudes stumbling through long words, and had Robin laughing.

  30. Negresses need to make white male scientist voo doo dolls and…

  31. @Dan Smith
    Word salad. Schizophrenia. Sad.

    Word salad.

    An apt description of her entire worthless career.

    http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2007/01/guest-post-chanda.html

    The planet killing asteroid can’t arrive soon enough.

    • Replies: @bomag

    An apt description of her entire worthless career
     
    Yes: an essay of "working" as an aggrieved minority in a field for which she's not suited.
    , @Bumpkin
    The irony is that the people she's critiquing actually do spout out reams of bullshit, largely by white males, as the first comment on that post notes:

    "Want to configure a profoundly beautiful physics experiment? Go outside physics. String theory is the apotheosis of zero-risk grant funding proposals by containing nothing testable at all, except in chemistry."

    But she'd never be able to figure that out, as it's Dumber critiquing Dumb, hence the Sokal paper come to life. The woman actually running that blog seems to have a clue though, hence her recent book Lost in Math.
  32. @Clive Beaconsfield
    This woman is apparently a trained theoretical physicist, not just a women’s studies person. I am trying to figure out how it’s possible to get a graduate education in physics and then say something so bone-headed about the subject that someone who last studied physics in the 10th grade (me) can immediately know it’s ridiculous. Covariance has nothing whatsoever to do with the aptitude of scientists, except perhaps as some kind of tortured metaphor, but she seems to be entirely playing it straight.

    Note this:
    >Hidden Figures provides some insight into the lives of Black women mathematicians (by training) <

    She could do all the theory and computations for the degrees but has zero ability to see a larger picture.
    Taleb’s “Intellectual yet Idiot” theme.

  33. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is robbing the taxpayers of what state?

    New Hamphire, “American and Barbadian cosmologist, science writer and equality activist based at the University of New Hampshire.” says wikipedia and edumacated at Harvard. Being 1/2 Barbadian she has only a 1/2 share of slave blood reparations coming.

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
    The University of New Hampshire is in beautiful Durham, NH--Whitopia for sure--93.8% white, less than 1% black:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durham,_New_Hampshire#Demographics

    The folks there have no clue what madness awaits their children and grand-children.
  34. Prescod-Weinstein Twitter:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/IBJIYONGI

    I already lost 10 IQ points just viewing this feed. You will too.

    I will summarize the content to spare my fellow iStevians:

    blackety-black-BLACK-black-black-blackety-BLAAAAAAAAAAAACK

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
    Where did the Weinstein come from?
    And shouldn't it be PresCOTT?
    , @El Dato
    Black Holes have no hair.

    We must fix that.
    , @Herbert West
    Guys, she has Credentials, we aren’t allowed to critique the holy cleric of the University without the same:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/IBJIYONGI/status/1203759801660067840

    Every single time, by the way:

    https://twitter.com/IBJIYONGI/status/1203869918569127936?s=20
  35. @Elli
    Albert Einstein’s monumental contribution to our empirical understanding of gravity is rooted in the principle of covariance, which is the simple idea that there is no single objective frame of reference that is more objective than any other (Sachs 1993). All frames of reference, all observers, are equally competent and capable of observing the universal laws that underlie the workings of our physical universe.

    No. No. No.

    Einstein is talking about coordinate systems, not the equal competence of all observers. Not about five year olds looking through paper towel tubes for telescopes, because that is the logical end of Ms Prescod-Weinstein's reasoning.

    Yes, and that’s followed by

    Given that Black women must, according to Einstein’s principle of covariance, have an equal claim to objectivity regardless of their simultaneously experiencing intersecting axes of oppression, we can dispense with any suggestion that the low number of Black women in science indicates any lack of validity on their part as observers.

    Seriously, Alan Sokal couldn’t have put it better. Either she’s genuinely nuts, or this is some sort of over-the-top hyperbole based on the assumption that everyone reading it sees the world exactly the same she way does and therefore can be counted upon to get the joke. I really can’t come up with any other explanation for a person with a degree in physics saying something like this!

  36. Wow, please put her back in Schrödinger’s box.

  37. How does this physicist have time for this BS? Does she do any physics at all? New Hampshire taxpayers may want their money back. Speaking of time, I don’t have time to read through that whole enchilada either.

    I did catch the term “minoritized individuals” though. That is a good one. From Negroes to Coloreds to Afro-Americans to Blacks to African-Americans to People of Color to Minoritized Individuals, or M.I.s for short. If spell check doesn’t even know it yet, this Afrophysicist ought to get it trademarked right away.

    • Agree: J
    • Replies: @Pericles

    From Negroes to Coloreds to Afro-Americans to Blacks to African-Americans to People of Color to Minoritized Individuals, or M.I.s for short. If spell check doesn’t even know it yet, this Afrophysicist ought to get it trademarked right away.

     

    Minoritized Individual Africans, or M.I.A.
  38. As woke as Star Trek could sometimes be, Mr. Spock succinctly rebuts this idiocy: “Physical reality is consistent with universal laws. Where the laws do not operate, there is no reality.”

    We need to retain some grip on reality. This woman’s bullets are unreal.

  39. Why is “black” capitalized by the good doctor while “white” isn’t?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Why is “black” capitalized by the good doctor while “white” isn’t?
     
    She can't spell? She refuses to keep a stylebook handy?

    They're races, not nationalities, so they're not capitalized. The semi-literate editors of Jet magazine notwithstanding.
    , @Herbert West
    Because she loves black people and she hates White people. But you knew that already.
  40. @Clive Beaconsfield
    This woman is apparently a trained theoretical physicist, not just a women’s studies person. I am trying to figure out how it’s possible to get a graduate education in physics and then say something so bone-headed about the subject that someone who last studied physics in the 10th grade (me) can immediately know it’s ridiculous. Covariance has nothing whatsoever to do with the aptitude of scientists, except perhaps as some kind of tortured metaphor, but she seems to be entirely playing it straight.

    Having a PHD doesn’t mean that she’s a particularly intelligent or accomplished scientist. Tellingly, Chanda’s Wikipedia page doesn’t attribute to her any notably significant scientific discoveries, just tidbits like the fact that she got an NSF Fellowship to go to graduate school. This specific item isn’t trivial, but mainly just means that she was an organized go-getter, earned decent grades in perhaps quite easy undergraduate classes, netted a recommendation or two from professors to whom she cozied up, and, of course, was likely propelled over the top by means of the minority boost. In fact, generally, from my own experiences interacting with graduate and research departments in the formal sciences in a previous stage of life, my impression is that a fair number of people who obtain PHDs in fields like physics and mathematics fail to qualify as being exceptionally intelligent or accomplished. My impression is that at an absolutely top tier graduate school for physics or mathematics, say, Princeton or MIT, the distribution of talent among graduate students approximately breaks down as follows. About 25% of the people there are bonafide prodigies, who may have excelled at math olympiads, single authored non trivial research as undergraduates, fully assimilated a foreboding breadth of scientific theories before entering graduate school, etc. About 50% of graduate students qualify as serious, genuine, very smart people who still fail decisively short of being true geniuses. Some small cut of folks in this category, maybe 10%, will go on to produce first rate research and ascertain tenure at fancy places, but they stand close to zero chance of ever winning the highest accolades, getting the fields medal, retiring into history in the same light as Hilbert and company. And then you have the bottom 25%, who might be sufficiently serious and capable to make it through a PHD program, but who won’t amount to a whole lot and probably fall below the quality of many students at decent state school graduate departments. Their PHD thesis was likely primarily fed to them by their adviser with heavy and pervasive hints. Of these, some cut will suffer through futile post doc / associate professorships upon gaining their PHD, but they will never produce original non trivial thoughts, and their best hope is to become professional co-authors who leech as minor co-contributors off of their adviser’s research circle, and maybe get a job in a podunk, non influential department, like UNH physics. And, of course, I’ve mentioned her before on Sailer’s blog, but there is also a very small tranche of singularly atrocious graduate students of the Piper Harron variety (look her up), whose advisers write the entirety of their thesis and do whatever they can to graduate / dispense with them in the least frictional manner. It’s entirely possible that Chanda is a Piper Harron.

    • Replies: @Semperluctor
    This sounds about right. She is, in effect, the Michelle Obama of Physics; pushed and promoted well beyond her actual abilities, and super resentful of the people whom she met at the schools she ‘got into’ who actually deserved to be there, and all of them orders of magnitude smarter. And all of them white or Asian. Lest the whites on this forum get too supercilious, Hillary is the white version of this.. likely much smarter than Michelle Obama or Chanda, but nothing like as smart as Bill, and failed her bar exam on her first attempt, which is a big telltale sign for an Ivy graduate. Hillary hates white men as much as Chanda does. OTOH, being married to Bill would likely turn most women into man-hating lesbians.
    , @houston 1992
    off topic: can you comment if there is a trend, and how prevalent it is, for Schools of Education from major universities to award PhDs in Physics for a thesis in teaching physics? surely the PhD holders from the Schools of Physics etc
    , @Clive Beaconsfield
    The taxonomy you give here sounds about right from my experience in the humanities (though the proportions are different). I just naively assumed that there was a level of inherent rigor to physics that would generally preclude this kind of ignorance.
    , @Anonymousse
    You’re missing something...

    I’ve personally known white PHD students who have been told by higher ups to do the work for an affirmative action admit in the same program. That’s when all the extra help, lax grading, and second (third, fourth...) chances haven’t done the trick. In fact there was a complicit administration AND a whole cloud of official and unofficial helpers surrounding these people and EVEN then they often can’t squeak them over the finish line.

    Those that can be propped up long enough usually get the paper qualification, start calling themselves “Doctor” in every possible context... and hightail it to some diversity job not requiring actual competence in their core discipline. Exactly like what Ms. Shaniqua-Schlomostein here is doing, basically.
    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    jpp-

    I believe that your conclusions are correct regarding Prescod-Weinstein's academic career.

    Reviewing her CV it appears she authored a few minor papers early on, then latched on to larger teams led by far more credible researchers where she could coast along on their efforts.

    It is no wonder she landed at UNH, which is academically undistinguished overall. She's living the dream - a white taxpayer-funded sinecure to spew endless amounts of anti-white hate. What could be better?

    They do have several vehicles to increase the amount of poz in NH:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_New_Hampshire#Underrepresented_students
  41. That day-glo pasty white woman claims to be black?!? Lol. And she has no African American heritage?!?!

    It appears that she has been advanced based on her alleged black heritage far beyond her level of personal incompetence.

    Free us from such drivel!

  42. My New String Theory: My Hair Is Not Stringy!

    But don’t even THINK of TOUCHING it!

  43. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein appeared on her mother’s radio program a few years ago, talking about the racism in (white) physics. She mentioned that even the names of things in physics were racist, and I knew exactly what she was going to say.

    dark matter, dark energy, black holes…

    Called it! But then she went on:

    colored particles…

    I didn’t anticipate that one.

  44. I’m sorry. Trying to read her/they/it’s collection of words strung together gave me a migraine. but on the plus side it confirmed the wisdom of my choosing to avoid “higher education.”

  45. @Elli
    Albert Einstein’s monumental contribution to our empirical understanding of gravity is rooted in the principle of covariance, which is the simple idea that there is no single objective frame of reference that is more objective than any other (Sachs 1993). All frames of reference, all observers, are equally competent and capable of observing the universal laws that underlie the workings of our physical universe.

    No. No. No.

    Einstein is talking about coordinate systems, not the equal competence of all observers. Not about five year olds looking through paper towel tubes for telescopes, because that is the logical end of Ms Prescod-Weinstein's reasoning.

    Not about five year olds looking through paper towel tubes for telescopes, because that is the logical end of Ms Prescod-Weinstein’s reasoning.

    Unfortunately that sort of convenient relativism has been employed for sometime.

  46. @The Wild Geese Howard
    Prescod-Weinstein Twitter:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/IBJIYONGI

    I already lost 10 IQ points just viewing this feed. You will too.

    I will summarize the content to spare my fellow iStevians:

    blackety-black-BLACK-black-black-blackety-BLAAAAAAAAAAAACK

    Where did the Weinstein come from?
    And shouldn’t it be PresCOTT?

  47. “Why is “black” capitalized by the good doctor while “white” isn’t?”

    These capitalization rules were SOP in the Chicago Defender newspaper for decades. Now that there is no longer a dead tree version, maybe they’ve changed the rules online? Hmmm.

    Just checked chicagodefender.com and I see “Black immigrant” in a story.

    • Replies: @BenKenobi

    “Why is “black” capitalized by the good doctor while “white” isn’t?”
     
    It's a psycho-sexual thing. Trying to meme domination into politics. The exact same reasoning behind the term 'Dom/sub' or 'D/s' -- and also why I always capitalize 'White'
  48. @Thomm
    Steve,

    You must make fun of Melinda Gates' videos about the 'pay gap'. On YouTube, they have just about the worst upvote/downvote ratio ever. She even sneaks in that 'all people in tech are white'.

    https://dalrock.wordpress.com/2019/12/02/humorless-scolds/

    Your YouTube* chain led to these refreshing alternatives:

    *Has Belgium contributed anything to the information highway beyond the .be in youtu.be?

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
    Does TEDx Marin have anything to do with the newly elected prime minister of Finland?

    Finland anoints Sanna Marin, 34, as world's youngest-serving prime minister

    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/0d65770cbc2a0f7b7014f582c6e8f7c7c01b77a6/0_18_2952_1772/master/2952.jpg?width=1920&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=f2a956ed6d12322d6eb31fbec3b1101e

  49. I describe the phenomenon where white epistemic claims about science—which are not rooted in empirical evidence—receive more credence and attention than Black women’s epistemic claims about their own lives. To develop this idea, I apply an intersectional analysis to Joseph Martin’s concept of prestige asymmetry in physics, developing the concept of white empiricism to discuss the impact that Black women’s exclusion has had on physics epistemology. By considering the essentialization of racism and sexism alongside the social construction of ascribed identities, I assess the way Black women physicists self-construct as scientists and the subsequent impact of epistemic outcomes on the science itself.

    Q.E.D… the first thing we must do, is burn the universities.

  50. Melinda Gates is Exhibit A. White women are the natural and eternal enemy of the White man. She’s married to Bill Gates. No wonder she hates all White men.

  51. @Joe Stalin
    "Why is “black” capitalized by the good doctor while “white” isn’t?"

    These capitalization rules were SOP in the Chicago Defender newspaper for decades. Now that there is no longer a dead tree version, maybe they've changed the rules online? Hmmm.

    Just checked chicagodefender.com and I see "Black immigrant" in a story.

    “Why is “black” capitalized by the good doctor while “white” isn’t?”

    It’s a psycho-sexual thing. Trying to meme domination into politics. The exact same reasoning behind the term ‘Dom/sub’ or ‘D/s’ — and also why I always capitalize ‘White’

  52. @jpp
    Having a PHD doesn't mean that she's a particularly intelligent or accomplished scientist. Tellingly, Chanda's Wikipedia page doesn't attribute to her any notably significant scientific discoveries, just tidbits like the fact that she got an NSF Fellowship to go to graduate school. This specific item isn't trivial, but mainly just means that she was an organized go-getter, earned decent grades in perhaps quite easy undergraduate classes, netted a recommendation or two from professors to whom she cozied up, and, of course, was likely propelled over the top by means of the minority boost. In fact, generally, from my own experiences interacting with graduate and research departments in the formal sciences in a previous stage of life, my impression is that a fair number of people who obtain PHDs in fields like physics and mathematics fail to qualify as being exceptionally intelligent or accomplished. My impression is that at an absolutely top tier graduate school for physics or mathematics, say, Princeton or MIT, the distribution of talent among graduate students approximately breaks down as follows. About 25% of the people there are bonafide prodigies, who may have excelled at math olympiads, single authored non trivial research as undergraduates, fully assimilated a foreboding breadth of scientific theories before entering graduate school, etc. About 50% of graduate students qualify as serious, genuine, very smart people who still fail decisively short of being true geniuses. Some small cut of folks in this category, maybe 10%, will go on to produce first rate research and ascertain tenure at fancy places, but they stand close to zero chance of ever winning the highest accolades, getting the fields medal, retiring into history in the same light as Hilbert and company. And then you have the bottom 25%, who might be sufficiently serious and capable to make it through a PHD program, but who won't amount to a whole lot and probably fall below the quality of many students at decent state school graduate departments. Their PHD thesis was likely primarily fed to them by their adviser with heavy and pervasive hints. Of these, some cut will suffer through futile post doc / associate professorships upon gaining their PHD, but they will never produce original non trivial thoughts, and their best hope is to become professional co-authors who leech as minor co-contributors off of their adviser's research circle, and maybe get a job in a podunk, non influential department, like UNH physics. And, of course, I've mentioned her before on Sailer's blog, but there is also a very small tranche of singularly atrocious graduate students of the Piper Harron variety (look her up), whose advisers write the entirety of their thesis and do whatever they can to graduate / dispense with them in the least frictional manner. It's entirely possible that Chanda is a Piper Harron.

    This sounds about right. She is, in effect, the Michelle Obama of Physics; pushed and promoted well beyond her actual abilities, and super resentful of the people whom she met at the schools she ‘got into’ who actually deserved to be there, and all of them orders of magnitude smarter. And all of them white or Asian. Lest the whites on this forum get too supercilious, Hillary is the white version of this.. likely much smarter than Michelle Obama or Chanda, but nothing like as smart as Bill, and failed her bar exam on her first attempt, which is a big telltale sign for an Ivy graduate. Hillary hates white men as much as Chanda does. OTOH, being married to Bill would likely turn most women into man-hating lesbians.

    • Replies: @houston 1992
    how might Hillary have gained admission into Yale Law School?
    (btw I agree tat her political and other judgement is atrocious.)
  53. I am still stunned that people like this climb to the top of high ranks of academia. That is outrageous.

    On the other side, most normal humans roll their eyes at this. This doesn’t need the Steve Sailer translation or interpretation, it’s just some lady playing the race card and the queer card in absurd fashion.

  54. Ah, yes, the Black white woman. Not as ugly as the white woman, but just as crazy!

  55. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein = Drips on white ascendence.

  56. Albert Einstein’s monumental contribution to our empirical understanding of gravity is rooted in the principle of covariance, which is the simple idea that there is no single objective frame of reference that is more objective than any other

    Why are those last seven words included? You’re not very smart if you think those seven words add anything.

  57. @Unobserved Observer
    Why is "black" capitalized by the good doctor while "white" isn't?

    Why is “black” capitalized by the good doctor while “white” isn’t?

    She can’t spell? She refuses to keep a stylebook handy?

    They’re races, not nationalities, so they’re not capitalized. The semi-literate editors of Jet magazine notwithstanding.

  58. @Elli
    Albert Einstein’s monumental contribution to our empirical understanding of gravity is rooted in the principle of covariance, which is the simple idea that there is no single objective frame of reference that is more objective than any other (Sachs 1993). All frames of reference, all observers, are equally competent and capable of observing the universal laws that underlie the workings of our physical universe.

    No. No. No.

    Einstein is talking about coordinate systems, not the equal competence of all observers. Not about five year olds looking through paper towel tubes for telescopes, because that is the logical end of Ms Prescod-Weinstein's reasoning.

    Ok, but you gotta admit that was the funniest part of her paper.

  59. @Reg Cæsar
    Your YouTube* chain led to these refreshing alternatives:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3WMuzhQXJoY


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lgIgytWyo_A


    *Has Belgium contributed anything to the information highway beyond the .be in youtu.be?

    Does TEDx Marin have anything to do with the newly elected prime minister of Finland?

    Finland anoints Sanna Marin, 34, as world’s youngest-serving prime minister

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Does TEDx Marin have anything to do with the newly elected prime minister of Finland?
     
    Absolutely not. The Finns would never stress the second syllable of anything. Or even the second vowel in a diphthong.

    "Sanna" is how they say "Susan". Su-sanna would sound silly.
    , @Redneck farmer
    Why can't we have presidents that good looking?
    , @BB753
    Sadly, Finland will end up as messed up as Sweden in a generation. Or less, if this female politician pulls a Merkel and invites in hordes of rapefugees.
    , @AnotherDad
    This is very sad.

    A decade or so back Finland was a holdout of sanity that looked to have a future as a nation. Then it rolled over and now loves diversity. Electing a young woman--who should be at home making and tending to baby Finns--as your leader is a sign of advanced silliness.
  60. @jpp
    Having a PHD doesn't mean that she's a particularly intelligent or accomplished scientist. Tellingly, Chanda's Wikipedia page doesn't attribute to her any notably significant scientific discoveries, just tidbits like the fact that she got an NSF Fellowship to go to graduate school. This specific item isn't trivial, but mainly just means that she was an organized go-getter, earned decent grades in perhaps quite easy undergraduate classes, netted a recommendation or two from professors to whom she cozied up, and, of course, was likely propelled over the top by means of the minority boost. In fact, generally, from my own experiences interacting with graduate and research departments in the formal sciences in a previous stage of life, my impression is that a fair number of people who obtain PHDs in fields like physics and mathematics fail to qualify as being exceptionally intelligent or accomplished. My impression is that at an absolutely top tier graduate school for physics or mathematics, say, Princeton or MIT, the distribution of talent among graduate students approximately breaks down as follows. About 25% of the people there are bonafide prodigies, who may have excelled at math olympiads, single authored non trivial research as undergraduates, fully assimilated a foreboding breadth of scientific theories before entering graduate school, etc. About 50% of graduate students qualify as serious, genuine, very smart people who still fail decisively short of being true geniuses. Some small cut of folks in this category, maybe 10%, will go on to produce first rate research and ascertain tenure at fancy places, but they stand close to zero chance of ever winning the highest accolades, getting the fields medal, retiring into history in the same light as Hilbert and company. And then you have the bottom 25%, who might be sufficiently serious and capable to make it through a PHD program, but who won't amount to a whole lot and probably fall below the quality of many students at decent state school graduate departments. Their PHD thesis was likely primarily fed to them by their adviser with heavy and pervasive hints. Of these, some cut will suffer through futile post doc / associate professorships upon gaining their PHD, but they will never produce original non trivial thoughts, and their best hope is to become professional co-authors who leech as minor co-contributors off of their adviser's research circle, and maybe get a job in a podunk, non influential department, like UNH physics. And, of course, I've mentioned her before on Sailer's blog, but there is also a very small tranche of singularly atrocious graduate students of the Piper Harron variety (look her up), whose advisers write the entirety of their thesis and do whatever they can to graduate / dispense with them in the least frictional manner. It's entirely possible that Chanda is a Piper Harron.

    off topic: can you comment if there is a trend, and how prevalent it is, for Schools of Education from major universities to award PhDs in Physics for a thesis in teaching physics? surely the PhD holders from the Schools of Physics etc

    • Replies: @jpp
    Houston1992, though your cynicism is appreciated, and though what you intimate may well become the reality under the course of two decades of further degeneration, quite honestly, what you describe is excessively pessimistic and doesn't happen yet, to the optimum of my discernment. At current, the intersection of education related graduate curriculum and actual science PHD program curriculum (in fields like physics and mathematics) transpires sort of like this. Bonafide science PHDs usually must spend their first 1-2 years enrolling in standardized courses and taking weed out exams in advanced undergraduate / basic graduate level subjects which attempt to inculcate students with the basic lexicon with which every scientist in these fields must be a little bit acquainted. They might take 3 Fall semester and 3 spring semester courses, and then might be expected to complete dept standardized qualifying exams in each of these 6 courses within their first to third year of studenthood. Now, at high caliber public state schools (EG, Indiana University, University of Wisconsin, and such), education PHDs in math and physics might be required to undertake a watered down version of this. EG, they might be required to take 2 / 6 such courses/tests, and their bars of completion are lower. Whereas a math/phyics PHD might be required to answer 3/5 or 4/5 questions right to attain completion on any single test, an education student might only have to answer 2/5 questions correctly. The conferral of science PHDs to education students, though, really doesn't happen yet at top 100 type university institutions.
    , @Anon

    off topic: can you comment if there is a trend, and how prevalent it is, for Schools of Education from major universities to award PhDs in Physics for a thesis in teaching physics? surely the PhD holders from the Schools of Physics etc
     
    I've commented on that here previously. Unfortunately I didn't save the names, but there is a female physics professor whose undergraduate degree was in physics from the physics department, but whose Ph.D. is in the teaching of physics from the education department. I think this was a white women.

    In addition, I stumbled across a black woman who had a physics degree from the physics department of Stanford, where the subject matter of her dissertation was in teaching physics to underrepersented populations. That shocked me.

    Re: Ms. Prescod-Weinstein, last I checked on her she was in Washington State. Now she is at the University of New Hampshire, and she is not only in the physics department, but also has some sort of women's studies appointment. I wonder what the story behind that is? It doesn't sound like a step up. Is is a step sideways? Did the University of Washington physics department give her the old tap on the shoulder, publish something on physics, in a journal, or leave? She comes across as a typical chip-on-shoulder, self-esteem-exceeds-ability African American woman, but she has no U.S. black ancestry.
    , @Mr. Anon
    A lot of physics departments now offer PhD programs in "physics education research" (PER):

    https://www.compadre.org/per/programs/
  61. @Semperluctor
    This sounds about right. She is, in effect, the Michelle Obama of Physics; pushed and promoted well beyond her actual abilities, and super resentful of the people whom she met at the schools she ‘got into’ who actually deserved to be there, and all of them orders of magnitude smarter. And all of them white or Asian. Lest the whites on this forum get too supercilious, Hillary is the white version of this.. likely much smarter than Michelle Obama or Chanda, but nothing like as smart as Bill, and failed her bar exam on her first attempt, which is a big telltale sign for an Ivy graduate. Hillary hates white men as much as Chanda does. OTOH, being married to Bill would likely turn most women into man-hating lesbians.

    how might Hillary have gained admission into Yale Law School?
    (btw I agree tat her political and other judgement is atrocious.)

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan

    how might Hillary have gained admission into Yale Law School?
     
    By applying, and having a good undergraduate GPA and LSAT scores. But it is entirely possible that she also benefited, in 1969, from applying in the very first years of the era when top graduate professional schools around the nation began a concerted drive to admit more women. The supply of women applicants was nowhere near as large as the supply of men who applied for admission.
  62. We be physicists an’ s**t.

  63. I get the sense she wrote this as an immediate reaction to receiving a rejection letter from a journal to which she’d submitted another paper for publication.

    • Agree: PiltdownMan
  64. @Clifford Brown
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9SiRNibD14

    It’s cute that they’re holding that meeting in a classroom fitted out with the kind of sliding blackboards that were traditional in math and physics lectures. Kinda like holding a spray can grafitti artist convention in the Louvre’s gallery of Flemish oil paintings.

    And here’s some interesting background on that video.
    https://www.groundup.org.za/article/uct-silence-things-not-even-being-attempted/
    Too many barbarians inside the gates already, I guess.

  65. challenge for Steve:

    most obscure subculture or field that the Cultural Marxists haven’t invaded yet

    and/or

    field or subculture they will NEVER penetrate or even try to invade.

    muscle car world, for instance? i see zero attempt here. i think if something is too hands on or dirty, the diversity army will probably never show up.

    no attempt to make plumbing or carpentry a diversified thing, for example.

  66. @houston 1992
    how might Hillary have gained admission into Yale Law School?
    (btw I agree tat her political and other judgement is atrocious.)

    how might Hillary have gained admission into Yale Law School?

    By applying, and having a good undergraduate GPA and LSAT scores. But it is entirely possible that she also benefited, in 1969, from applying in the very first years of the era when top graduate professional schools around the nation began a concerted drive to admit more women. The supply of women applicants was nowhere near as large as the supply of men who applied for admission.

  67. @Elli
    Albert Einstein’s monumental contribution to our empirical understanding of gravity is rooted in the principle of covariance, which is the simple idea that there is no single objective frame of reference that is more objective than any other (Sachs 1993). All frames of reference, all observers, are equally competent and capable of observing the universal laws that underlie the workings of our physical universe.

    No. No. No.

    Einstein is talking about coordinate systems, not the equal competence of all observers. Not about five year olds looking through paper towel tubes for telescopes, because that is the logical end of Ms Prescod-Weinstein's reasoning.

    Half the paper appears to be about distorting the meaning of common terms and the other half about unfounded nasty assertions regarding physicists.

    • Replies: @Alessandro Strumia
    Chanda Prescod Weinstein is the original author of Particles for Justice.
  68. @Achmed E. Newman
    How does this physicist have time for this BS? Does she do any physics at all? New Hampshire taxpayers may want their money back. Speaking of time, I don't have time to read through that whole enchilada either.

    I did catch the term "minoritized individuals" though. That is a good one. From Negroes to Coloreds to Afro-Americans to Blacks to African-Americans to People of Color to Minoritized Individuals, or M.I.s for short. If spell check doesn't even know it yet, this Afrophysicist ought to get it trademarked right away.

    From Negroes to Coloreds to Afro-Americans to Blacks to African-Americans to People of Color to Minoritized Individuals, or M.I.s for short. If spell check doesn’t even know it yet, this Afrophysicist ought to get it trademarked right away.

    Minoritized Individual Africans, or M.I.A.

  69. Once again, it’s time to attack de White Voodoo.

  70. Steve,

    OT: Dr Jess Wade is up to her usual nonsense in that The Daily Mail reported on 12/8/2019 that she has accused “white men in North America” Wikipedia editors of sexism for flagging her profiles of prominent female scientists as “not notable enough”.

    Her statement manifests out-of-control egomania and feminism.

  71. @houston 1992
    off topic: can you comment if there is a trend, and how prevalent it is, for Schools of Education from major universities to award PhDs in Physics for a thesis in teaching physics? surely the PhD holders from the Schools of Physics etc

    Houston1992, though your cynicism is appreciated, and though what you intimate may well become the reality under the course of two decades of further degeneration, quite honestly, what you describe is excessively pessimistic and doesn’t happen yet, to the optimum of my discernment. At current, the intersection of education related graduate curriculum and actual science PHD program curriculum (in fields like physics and mathematics) transpires sort of like this. Bonafide science PHDs usually must spend their first 1-2 years enrolling in standardized courses and taking weed out exams in advanced undergraduate / basic graduate level subjects which attempt to inculcate students with the basic lexicon with which every scientist in these fields must be a little bit acquainted. They might take 3 Fall semester and 3 spring semester courses, and then might be expected to complete dept standardized qualifying exams in each of these 6 courses within their first to third year of studenthood. Now, at high caliber public state schools (EG, Indiana University, University of Wisconsin, and such), education PHDs in math and physics might be required to undertake a watered down version of this. EG, they might be required to take 2 / 6 such courses/tests, and their bars of completion are lower. Whereas a math/phyics PHD might be required to answer 3/5 or 4/5 questions right to attain completion on any single test, an education student might only have to answer 2/5 questions correctly. The conferral of science PHDs to education students, though, really doesn’t happen yet at top 100 type university institutions.

  72. @The Wild Geese Howard
    Prescod-Weinstein Twitter:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/IBJIYONGI

    I already lost 10 IQ points just viewing this feed. You will too.

    I will summarize the content to spare my fellow iStevians:

    blackety-black-BLACK-black-black-blackety-BLAAAAAAAAAAAACK

    Black Holes have no hair.

    We must fix that.

  73. @PiltdownMan
    Does TEDx Marin have anything to do with the newly elected prime minister of Finland?

    Finland anoints Sanna Marin, 34, as world's youngest-serving prime minister

    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/0d65770cbc2a0f7b7014f582c6e8f7c7c01b77a6/0_18_2952_1772/master/2952.jpg?width=1920&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=f2a956ed6d12322d6eb31fbec3b1101e

    Does TEDx Marin have anything to do with the newly elected prime minister of Finland?

    Absolutely not. The Finns would never stress the second syllable of anything. Or even the second vowel in a diphthong.

    “Sanna” is how they say “Susan”. Su-sanna would sound silly.

  74. @Unobserved Observer
    Why is "black" capitalized by the good doctor while "white" isn't?

    Because she loves black people and she hates White people. But you knew that already.

  75. Anon[602] • Disclaimer says:
    @houston 1992
    off topic: can you comment if there is a trend, and how prevalent it is, for Schools of Education from major universities to award PhDs in Physics for a thesis in teaching physics? surely the PhD holders from the Schools of Physics etc

    off topic: can you comment if there is a trend, and how prevalent it is, for Schools of Education from major universities to award PhDs in Physics for a thesis in teaching physics? surely the PhD holders from the Schools of Physics etc

    I’ve commented on that here previously. Unfortunately I didn’t save the names, but there is a female physics professor whose undergraduate degree was in physics from the physics department, but whose Ph.D. is in the teaching of physics from the education department. I think this was a white women.

    In addition, I stumbled across a black woman who had a physics degree from the physics department of Stanford, where the subject matter of her dissertation was in teaching physics to underrepersented populations. That shocked me.

    Re: Ms. Prescod-Weinstein, last I checked on her she was in Washington State. Now she is at the University of New Hampshire, and she is not only in the physics department, but also has some sort of women’s studies appointment. I wonder what the story behind that is? It doesn’t sound like a step up. Is is a step sideways? Did the University of Washington physics department give her the old tap on the shoulder, publish something on physics, in a journal, or leave? She comes across as a typical chip-on-shoulder, self-esteem-exceeds-ability African American woman, but she has no U.S. black ancestry.

    • Replies: @Houston 1992
    Thanks. keep us posted about this trend.
    For much of the 20th century, physics was the most prestigious subject, and physicists had displaced clergymen as providers of truth.
    These developments are jarring to me.
  76. @The Wild Geese Howard
    Prescod-Weinstein Twitter:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/IBJIYONGI

    I already lost 10 IQ points just viewing this feed. You will too.

    I will summarize the content to spare my fellow iStevians:

    blackety-black-BLACK-black-black-blackety-BLAAAAAAAAAAAACK

    Guys, she has Credentials, we aren’t allowed to critique the holy cleric of the University without the same:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/IBJIYONGI/status/1203759801660067840

    Every single time, by the way:

    https://twitter.com/IBJIYONGI/status/1203869918569127936?s=20

  77. ” I describe the phenomenon where white epistemic claims about science—which are not rooted in empirical evidence—receive more credence and attention than Black women’s epistemic claims about their own lives.”

    Gak, those evil white people of evil! Can you imagine valuing scientific claims over auto ethnography?

    I mean, when I need to figure out if one household cleaner is compatible with another, the last thing I should be doing is thinking about the chemistry. I should rush out and find the nearest black woman.

  78. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein = Wiener ↑ hind-end stops caca.

  79. @PiltdownMan
    Does TEDx Marin have anything to do with the newly elected prime minister of Finland?

    Finland anoints Sanna Marin, 34, as world's youngest-serving prime minister

    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/0d65770cbc2a0f7b7014f582c6e8f7c7c01b77a6/0_18_2952_1772/master/2952.jpg?width=1920&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=f2a956ed6d12322d6eb31fbec3b1101e

    Why can’t we have presidents that good looking?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Why can’t we have presidents that good looking?

     

    Our president looks better than Finland's:

    https://cdn.digg.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/02154402/EF5YINVWsAAtiQF.jpeg

    Sauli Niinistö.

  80. I am guessing someone doesn’t know the definition of empiricism?

  81. Prescod-Weinstein was born in El Sereno in East Los Angeles, California, and went to school in the Los Angeles Unified School District.[1][2] She is of Barbadian descent on her mother’s side and Russian-Jewish and Ukrainian-Jewish descent on her father’s side.[3]

    Is it my impression, or being half-Jewish and half-Black seems to bring the worst in women? I’ve seen other cases of this. It combines the intelectual “culture of critique” of one, with the racial resentment of the other.

    Of course someone like Prescod-Weinstein would doubly hate white men. Or triply, since she is also queer and “agender” (whatever that means).

    Her paper sounds like a parody of Sokal’s parody.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad

    Is it my impression, or being half-Jewish and half-Black seems to bring the worst in women? I’ve seen other cases of this. It combines the intelectual “culture of critique” of one, with the racial resentment of the other.
     
    Spot on. Toxic brew.
  82. @songbird
    Pretty sad that the "Live Free or Die" state is not safe from this.

    The “Live Free or Die” state died years ago when the critical number of Massholes fleeing the People’s Commonwealth changed New Hampshire’s politics forever, just like California refugees are doing to Idaho.

    The state’s icon even gave up!

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

    UNH is the safetiest of safety schools. An idiot like her belongs there.

  83. Abstract: In this article I take on the question of how the exclusion of Black American women from physics impacts physics epistemologies, and I highlight the dynamic relationship between this exclusion and the struggle for women to reconcile “Black woman” with “physicist.” I describe the phenomenon where white epistemic claims about science—which are not rooted in empirical evidence—receive more credence and attention than Black women’s epistemic claims about their own lives. To develop this idea, I apply an intersectional analysis to Joseph Martin’s concept of prestige asymmetry in physics,……………………………….

    Abstract: Physics is hard! I’m going into this race/class/gender racket instead.

  84. She can’t decide if she’s a chick or not. I don’t want her wasting anyone’s time if she can’t tell an innie from an outie.

  85. @PiltdownMan
    Does TEDx Marin have anything to do with the newly elected prime minister of Finland?

    Finland anoints Sanna Marin, 34, as world's youngest-serving prime minister

    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/0d65770cbc2a0f7b7014f582c6e8f7c7c01b77a6/0_18_2952_1772/master/2952.jpg?width=1920&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=f2a956ed6d12322d6eb31fbec3b1101e

    Sadly, Finland will end up as messed up as Sweden in a generation. Or less, if this female politician pulls a Merkel and invites in hordes of rapefugees.

  86. Does Sandra Prescod Weinstein’s paper yield interesting results when searching for the term “hair”?
    If anybody can study the physics of “bad hair” it’s Sandra Prescod-Weinstein, even though she was graced with “good hair” and has a remarkable hair-stylist.

  87. @houston 1992
    off topic: can you comment if there is a trend, and how prevalent it is, for Schools of Education from major universities to award PhDs in Physics for a thesis in teaching physics? surely the PhD holders from the Schools of Physics etc

    A lot of physics departments now offer PhD programs in “physics education research” (PER):

    https://www.compadre.org/per/programs/

  88. @Thomm
    Hey, she has the same first name as Chanda Chisala! Perhaps there is a pattern here.

    Nope. Chanda Chisala has a well-reasoned argument supported by empirical and publicly-available data. He may be correct in his thesis or he may not, but he has presented cogent and reasoned arguments. His thesis is that the widely-accepted model of a genetically-determined, lower group IQ for blacks as opposed to whites, does not fit the available data.

    Chanda Prescod-Weinstein’s ramblings have no more coherence than, and indeed may be the result of, an extended hebephrenic rant.

  89. @jpp
    Having a PHD doesn't mean that she's a particularly intelligent or accomplished scientist. Tellingly, Chanda's Wikipedia page doesn't attribute to her any notably significant scientific discoveries, just tidbits like the fact that she got an NSF Fellowship to go to graduate school. This specific item isn't trivial, but mainly just means that she was an organized go-getter, earned decent grades in perhaps quite easy undergraduate classes, netted a recommendation or two from professors to whom she cozied up, and, of course, was likely propelled over the top by means of the minority boost. In fact, generally, from my own experiences interacting with graduate and research departments in the formal sciences in a previous stage of life, my impression is that a fair number of people who obtain PHDs in fields like physics and mathematics fail to qualify as being exceptionally intelligent or accomplished. My impression is that at an absolutely top tier graduate school for physics or mathematics, say, Princeton or MIT, the distribution of talent among graduate students approximately breaks down as follows. About 25% of the people there are bonafide prodigies, who may have excelled at math olympiads, single authored non trivial research as undergraduates, fully assimilated a foreboding breadth of scientific theories before entering graduate school, etc. About 50% of graduate students qualify as serious, genuine, very smart people who still fail decisively short of being true geniuses. Some small cut of folks in this category, maybe 10%, will go on to produce first rate research and ascertain tenure at fancy places, but they stand close to zero chance of ever winning the highest accolades, getting the fields medal, retiring into history in the same light as Hilbert and company. And then you have the bottom 25%, who might be sufficiently serious and capable to make it through a PHD program, but who won't amount to a whole lot and probably fall below the quality of many students at decent state school graduate departments. Their PHD thesis was likely primarily fed to them by their adviser with heavy and pervasive hints. Of these, some cut will suffer through futile post doc / associate professorships upon gaining their PHD, but they will never produce original non trivial thoughts, and their best hope is to become professional co-authors who leech as minor co-contributors off of their adviser's research circle, and maybe get a job in a podunk, non influential department, like UNH physics. And, of course, I've mentioned her before on Sailer's blog, but there is also a very small tranche of singularly atrocious graduate students of the Piper Harron variety (look her up), whose advisers write the entirety of their thesis and do whatever they can to graduate / dispense with them in the least frictional manner. It's entirely possible that Chanda is a Piper Harron.

    The taxonomy you give here sounds about right from my experience in the humanities (though the proportions are different). I just naively assumed that there was a level of inherent rigor to physics that would generally preclude this kind of ignorance.

  90. @Elli
    Albert Einstein’s monumental contribution to our empirical understanding of gravity is rooted in the principle of covariance, which is the simple idea that there is no single objective frame of reference that is more objective than any other (Sachs 1993). All frames of reference, all observers, are equally competent and capable of observing the universal laws that underlie the workings of our physical universe.

    No. No. No.

    Einstein is talking about coordinate systems, not the equal competence of all observers. Not about five year olds looking through paper towel tubes for telescopes, because that is the logical end of Ms Prescod-Weinstein's reasoning.

    I applaud Chanda’s important work, but I’m a little disappointed she didn’t mention dogs. What do they think of cosmology, and why do so many people think their covariant perspective is less valid than Einstein’s? I’m starting the grant proposal.

  91. All frames of reference, all observers, are equally competent and capable of observing the universal laws that underlie the workings of our physical universe.

    How come I didn’t think of that?

  92. @bomag
    There is a whole continent with many countries entirely populated with Black people since long before White people came on the scene. Black women there have had plenty of chances to do physics unencumbered by evil White men holding them back. The author should go there and mine all the wonderful discoveries that White men won't acknowledge.

    White misogynoir narratives of privilege asymmetry create a system of oppression such that people who think they’re white are ignorant of the full spectrum counter oppressive work of black bodies in traditional Afroqueered spaces such as so called “aerospace”

  93. @jpp
    Having a PHD doesn't mean that she's a particularly intelligent or accomplished scientist. Tellingly, Chanda's Wikipedia page doesn't attribute to her any notably significant scientific discoveries, just tidbits like the fact that she got an NSF Fellowship to go to graduate school. This specific item isn't trivial, but mainly just means that she was an organized go-getter, earned decent grades in perhaps quite easy undergraduate classes, netted a recommendation or two from professors to whom she cozied up, and, of course, was likely propelled over the top by means of the minority boost. In fact, generally, from my own experiences interacting with graduate and research departments in the formal sciences in a previous stage of life, my impression is that a fair number of people who obtain PHDs in fields like physics and mathematics fail to qualify as being exceptionally intelligent or accomplished. My impression is that at an absolutely top tier graduate school for physics or mathematics, say, Princeton or MIT, the distribution of talent among graduate students approximately breaks down as follows. About 25% of the people there are bonafide prodigies, who may have excelled at math olympiads, single authored non trivial research as undergraduates, fully assimilated a foreboding breadth of scientific theories before entering graduate school, etc. About 50% of graduate students qualify as serious, genuine, very smart people who still fail decisively short of being true geniuses. Some small cut of folks in this category, maybe 10%, will go on to produce first rate research and ascertain tenure at fancy places, but they stand close to zero chance of ever winning the highest accolades, getting the fields medal, retiring into history in the same light as Hilbert and company. And then you have the bottom 25%, who might be sufficiently serious and capable to make it through a PHD program, but who won't amount to a whole lot and probably fall below the quality of many students at decent state school graduate departments. Their PHD thesis was likely primarily fed to them by their adviser with heavy and pervasive hints. Of these, some cut will suffer through futile post doc / associate professorships upon gaining their PHD, but they will never produce original non trivial thoughts, and their best hope is to become professional co-authors who leech as minor co-contributors off of their adviser's research circle, and maybe get a job in a podunk, non influential department, like UNH physics. And, of course, I've mentioned her before on Sailer's blog, but there is also a very small tranche of singularly atrocious graduate students of the Piper Harron variety (look her up), whose advisers write the entirety of their thesis and do whatever they can to graduate / dispense with them in the least frictional manner. It's entirely possible that Chanda is a Piper Harron.

    You’re missing something…

    I’ve personally known white PHD students who have been told by higher ups to do the work for an affirmative action admit in the same program. That’s when all the extra help, lax grading, and second (third, fourth…) chances haven’t done the trick. In fact there was a complicit administration AND a whole cloud of official and unofficial helpers surrounding these people and EVEN then they often can’t squeak them over the finish line.

    Those that can be propped up long enough usually get the paper qualification, start calling themselves “Doctor” in every possible context… and hightail it to some diversity job not requiring actual competence in their core discipline. Exactly like what Ms. Shaniqua-Schlomostein here is doing, basically.

  94. @Reg Cæsar

    I give up. I simply can’t deal with all the madness any more. I’m going to find a cave in the Rockies and move into it.
     
    But that's where women's suffrage was born-- Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Montana...


    https://etc.usf.edu/maps/pages/11700/11702/11702.gif

    (NB: This map employs a double standard. Wyoming and Utah should be 1869 and 1870, or 1890 and 1896. Territory, or statehood? Make up your mind!)

    Why was women’s suffrage more popular in the West?

    • Replies: @Sol
    American frontier life may have been more egalitarian?
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Why was women’s suffrage more popular in the West?
     
    In the case of the Mormons, it's kind of obvious, isn't it?

    🤶🤶🤶🎅🤶🤶🤶
  95. @jpp
    Having a PHD doesn't mean that she's a particularly intelligent or accomplished scientist. Tellingly, Chanda's Wikipedia page doesn't attribute to her any notably significant scientific discoveries, just tidbits like the fact that she got an NSF Fellowship to go to graduate school. This specific item isn't trivial, but mainly just means that she was an organized go-getter, earned decent grades in perhaps quite easy undergraduate classes, netted a recommendation or two from professors to whom she cozied up, and, of course, was likely propelled over the top by means of the minority boost. In fact, generally, from my own experiences interacting with graduate and research departments in the formal sciences in a previous stage of life, my impression is that a fair number of people who obtain PHDs in fields like physics and mathematics fail to qualify as being exceptionally intelligent or accomplished. My impression is that at an absolutely top tier graduate school for physics or mathematics, say, Princeton or MIT, the distribution of talent among graduate students approximately breaks down as follows. About 25% of the people there are bonafide prodigies, who may have excelled at math olympiads, single authored non trivial research as undergraduates, fully assimilated a foreboding breadth of scientific theories before entering graduate school, etc. About 50% of graduate students qualify as serious, genuine, very smart people who still fail decisively short of being true geniuses. Some small cut of folks in this category, maybe 10%, will go on to produce first rate research and ascertain tenure at fancy places, but they stand close to zero chance of ever winning the highest accolades, getting the fields medal, retiring into history in the same light as Hilbert and company. And then you have the bottom 25%, who might be sufficiently serious and capable to make it through a PHD program, but who won't amount to a whole lot and probably fall below the quality of many students at decent state school graduate departments. Their PHD thesis was likely primarily fed to them by their adviser with heavy and pervasive hints. Of these, some cut will suffer through futile post doc / associate professorships upon gaining their PHD, but they will never produce original non trivial thoughts, and their best hope is to become professional co-authors who leech as minor co-contributors off of their adviser's research circle, and maybe get a job in a podunk, non influential department, like UNH physics. And, of course, I've mentioned her before on Sailer's blog, but there is also a very small tranche of singularly atrocious graduate students of the Piper Harron variety (look her up), whose advisers write the entirety of their thesis and do whatever they can to graduate / dispense with them in the least frictional manner. It's entirely possible that Chanda is a Piper Harron.

    jpp-

    I believe that your conclusions are correct regarding Prescod-Weinstein’s academic career.

    Reviewing her CV it appears she authored a few minor papers early on, then latched on to larger teams led by far more credible researchers where she could coast along on their efforts.

    It is no wonder she landed at UNH, which is academically undistinguished overall. She’s living the dream – a white taxpayer-funded sinecure to spew endless amounts of anti-white hate. What could be better?

    They do have several vehicles to increase the amount of poz in NH:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_New_Hampshire#Underrepresented_students

  96. @The Wild Geese Howard

    Word salad.
     
    An apt description of her entire worthless career.

    http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2007/01/guest-post-chanda.html

    The planet killing asteroid can't arrive soon enough.

    An apt description of her entire worthless career

    Yes: an essay of “working” as an aggrieved minority in a field for which she’s not suited.

  97. @Jim Christian
    Maybe she should instead ask why (extremely) White Jewish and Goyim feminist supremacists excluded women of ALL racial colors from their little club for the last 60 years while they were vacuuming up as much Matriarchal privilege for themselves as they could? Women of color weren't exactly who they meant when they wanted their more-than-equality in the Civil Rights Bill in 1964 or 65. On top of that, they supported so much illegal immigration from Hispanic-Land that Blacks were displaced in every conceivable industry there was. Do these privileged White Feminists, Jewess or not, ever listen to themselves? She's pretty damned White and White women OWN the joint now. She can't possibly be blaming White men. And what about Black MEN? Aren't they entitled? These gals are pretty racist and sexist if you ask me, they check every box.

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/bAqseJNNC7E/maxresdefault.jpg

    The only thing black about that picture is her dress. She’s whiter than Rachael Dolezal.

  98. @Dan Smith
    Word salad. Schizophrenia. Sad.

    The old line about monkeys and typewriters/keyboards used to be amusing.

    It is not so funny anymore.

  99. @Clyde

    Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is robbing the taxpayers of what state?
     
    New Hamphire, "American and Barbadian cosmologist, science writer and equality activist based at the University of New Hampshire." says wikipedia and edumacated at Harvard. Being 1/2 Barbadian she has only a 1/2 share of slave blood reparations coming.

    The University of New Hampshire is in beautiful Durham, NH–Whitopia for sure–93.8% white, less than 1% black:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durham,_New_Hampshire#Demographics

    The folks there have no clue what madness awaits their children and grand-children.

  100. @Anon

    off topic: can you comment if there is a trend, and how prevalent it is, for Schools of Education from major universities to award PhDs in Physics for a thesis in teaching physics? surely the PhD holders from the Schools of Physics etc
     
    I've commented on that here previously. Unfortunately I didn't save the names, but there is a female physics professor whose undergraduate degree was in physics from the physics department, but whose Ph.D. is in the teaching of physics from the education department. I think this was a white women.

    In addition, I stumbled across a black woman who had a physics degree from the physics department of Stanford, where the subject matter of her dissertation was in teaching physics to underrepersented populations. That shocked me.

    Re: Ms. Prescod-Weinstein, last I checked on her she was in Washington State. Now she is at the University of New Hampshire, and she is not only in the physics department, but also has some sort of women's studies appointment. I wonder what the story behind that is? It doesn't sound like a step up. Is is a step sideways? Did the University of Washington physics department give her the old tap on the shoulder, publish something on physics, in a journal, or leave? She comes across as a typical chip-on-shoulder, self-esteem-exceeds-ability African American woman, but she has no U.S. black ancestry.

    Thanks. keep us posted about this trend.
    For much of the 20th century, physics was the most prestigious subject, and physicists had displaced clergymen as providers of truth.
    These developments are jarring to me.

  101. @ATBOTL
    Why was women's suffrage more popular in the West?

    American frontier life may have been more egalitarian?

  102. @Moses
    Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

    From Wikipedia:

    Prescod-Weinstein is an advocate[21] for increasing the diversity within science by considering intersectionality[22] and proper celebration of the underrepresented groups who contribute to scientific knowledge production.[23] She has been a member of the executive committee of the National Society of Black Physicists.[24] In 2017 she was a plenary speaker at the Women in Physics Canada meeting.[25]
     
    There's physics, and then there's Black Physics.

    Prescod-Weinstein's popular new science book, The Disordered Cosmos, is fourthcoming from Bold Type Books in Spring 2021, which draws from her experience and knowledge as a Black woman theoretical physicist.[41]

     

    Chicano physics?

    Prescod-Weinstein is an active member of the Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences at the University of New Hampshire. She is also part of the committee for Sexual Orientation and Gender Minorities in Astronomy at UNH.

     

    Queer AND agender. Take that, bigots!

    Prescod-Weinstein is queer and agender.
     
    Yet again, the only thing worse than your mother immigrating to a bigoted America built by racist, cisgendered White people would be your mother not being allowed to immigrate to a bigoted America built by racist, cisgendered White people.

    Her mother Margaret Prescod emigrated from Barbados as a teenager, and in New York was a founder of International Black Women for Wages for housework in 1974.
     
    As economists like to say, "What cannot go on will not go on."

    Please don’t forget to copy this from wikipedia: «In 2018, Prescod-Weinstein was one of 18 authors of “Particles for Justice”, a statement condemning Alessandro Strumia».

  103. @Pericles
    Half the paper appears to be about distorting the meaning of common terms and the other half about unfounded nasty assertions regarding physicists.

    Chanda Prescod Weinstein is the original author of Particles for Justice.

  104. @PiltdownMan
    Does TEDx Marin have anything to do with the newly elected prime minister of Finland?

    Finland anoints Sanna Marin, 34, as world's youngest-serving prime minister

    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/0d65770cbc2a0f7b7014f582c6e8f7c7c01b77a6/0_18_2952_1772/master/2952.jpg?width=1920&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=f2a956ed6d12322d6eb31fbec3b1101e

    This is very sad.

    A decade or so back Finland was a holdout of sanity that looked to have a future as a nation. Then it rolled over and now loves diversity. Electing a young woman–who should be at home making and tending to baby Finns–as your leader is a sign of advanced silliness.

  105. @Jim Christian
    Maybe she should instead ask why (extremely) White Jewish and Goyim feminist supremacists excluded women of ALL racial colors from their little club for the last 60 years while they were vacuuming up as much Matriarchal privilege for themselves as they could? Women of color weren't exactly who they meant when they wanted their more-than-equality in the Civil Rights Bill in 1964 or 65. On top of that, they supported so much illegal immigration from Hispanic-Land that Blacks were displaced in every conceivable industry there was. Do these privileged White Feminists, Jewess or not, ever listen to themselves? She's pretty damned White and White women OWN the joint now. She can't possibly be blaming White men. And what about Black MEN? Aren't they entitled? These gals are pretty racist and sexist if you ask me, they check every box.

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/bAqseJNNC7E/maxresdefault.jpg

    She has got a nice body, and it’s great that she has kept herself in shape after marrying this Weinstein guy. Married women usually don’t do that. Takes a lot of self discipline.
    Stringency — both private and public.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
    You could force-feed that broad 9 blintzes an hour and she couldn't gain weight because she's got eating disorders. In fact, she's so skinny, so emaciated, I'd bet she pukes every other meal she eats. Her tits are wasted, her arms bony, her hair malnourished, she's a walking, talking, bony-Maroney. She's an unhealthy sort. Reading some of HER malarkey, it's clear she's got severe mental issues, the only sort that could come up with her brand of 'academic' horseshit.

    Bet shekels to nickels she doesn't get within a synagogue's width of Blacks anywhere in her life outside of the campus. She's another piece to the puzzle, planting seeds of decline. As if introducing and forcing Blacks and women into the space program wasn't enough decline, the miltary, Congress, K-12 and academia, 99% of them in administration and HR, all the better to undermine budgeting and redirecting assets away from space and quality and merit and more into EEOC. They then milk the gravy train. And here we are, depending on those nasty old Russians to get us into space. From there it was all downhill. Same thing with commercial air. The decline starts when you force EEOC over merit. There's no other way for it to come out. Decline all over, force women over merit, race over merit, it wasn't coincidence, our demise and now it's all over, too late. Forcing EEOC feels great until you reach a tipping point of not enough merit vs. EEOC and you can't build anything trustworthy. Even a god damned footbridge, the ladies and minorities couldn't put together at FIU a couple years back. They were bragging, "women can design, women can build, we can engineer". And it got a bunch of people killed. It's horseshit. All of it. The entire narrative.

    Best part is, they know it's true and they hate when we notice.
  106. Sometimes mixing some white into black can result in a pretty nice looking woman. (I have such a gal as a neighbor–a quite attractive young woman. Who also went and got her PhD, but has–wisely–settled into being a young mother rather than quacking at the rest of us.)

    This black-Jewish mix does not appear to be a winner in any dimension.

    (And seriously … a nose like that belongs on a container ship. Just get it fixed already and maybe you’ll feel better about life.)

    • Replies: @Dissident

    (And seriously … a nose like that belongs on a container ship. Just get it fixed already and maybe you’ll feel better about life.)
     
    What relevance does Chanda Prescod-Weinstein's physical/aesthetic appearance have here? Would her views and writings have any more credibility were she to have been blessed with an appearance that you found visually pleasing? Would her being so blessed make her work/writing any less worthy of criticism?
  107. @Dumbo

    Prescod-Weinstein was born in El Sereno in East Los Angeles, California, and went to school in the Los Angeles Unified School District.[1][2] She is of Barbadian descent on her mother's side and Russian-Jewish and Ukrainian-Jewish descent on her father's side.[3]
     
    Is it my impression, or being half-Jewish and half-Black seems to bring the worst in women? I've seen other cases of this. It combines the intelectual "culture of critique" of one, with the racial resentment of the other.

    Of course someone like Prescod-Weinstein would doubly hate white men. Or triply, since she is also queer and "agender" (whatever that means).

    Her paper sounds like a parody of Sokal's parody.

    Is it my impression, or being half-Jewish and half-Black seems to bring the worst in women? I’ve seen other cases of this. It combines the intelectual “culture of critique” of one, with the racial resentment of the other.

    Spot on. Toxic brew.

  108. OTOH, “Black Hole” is a misleading term.

  109. @The Wild Geese Howard

    Word salad.
     
    An apt description of her entire worthless career.

    http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2007/01/guest-post-chanda.html

    The planet killing asteroid can't arrive soon enough.

    The irony is that the people she’s critiquing actually do spout out reams of bullshit, largely by white males, as the first comment on that post notes:

    “Want to configure a profoundly beautiful physics experiment? Go outside physics. String theory is the apotheosis of zero-risk grant funding proposals by containing nothing testable at all, except in chemistry.”

    But she’d never be able to figure that out, as it’s Dumber critiquing Dumb, hence the Sokal paper come to life. The woman actually running that blog seems to have a clue though, hence her recent book Lost in Math.

  110. This is yet another example of the beauty of “separate nations”.

    Separation just debunks all this whining. But it also is hugely more efficient. You can cut loose a tremendous amount of dead weight loss generated by “diversity” like this lady–and hundreds of thousands like her–and a lot of lawyers, bureaucrats, etc. etc.

    BTW considering how much we are spotting them, if the Chinese can utterly kick our ass … doesn’t say much for the Chinese.

  111. @ATBOTL
    Why was women's suffrage more popular in the West?

    Why was women’s suffrage more popular in the West?

    In the case of the Mormons, it’s kind of obvious, isn’t it?

    🤶🤶🤶🎅🤶🤶🤶

  112. This woman has jobs at two universities.

    She had two choices: She could work to get more black women interested in physics and actually help them get into colleges for physics and help them once they were in the field.

    Or she could waste her time on this ridiculous article.

    She choose to sit back and not do anything to help actual black women get into physics while claiming to want more black women in physics. Instead she wrote this article for an obscure journal.

    This is a sad waste of time.

    This article is even counterproductive. It shows a lack of judgment and seriousness. It can be taken to show that even black women physicists don’t want to do the real work necessary to get more black women into the field. If they won’t do the real work, others may ask themselves, why should they?

  113. @Yngvar
    She has got a nice body, and it's great that she has kept herself in shape after marrying this Weinstein guy. Married women usually don't do that. Takes a lot of self discipline.
    Stringency -- both private and public.

    You could force-feed that broad 9 blintzes an hour and she couldn’t gain weight because she’s got eating disorders. In fact, she’s so skinny, so emaciated, I’d bet she pukes every other meal she eats. Her tits are wasted, her arms bony, her hair malnourished, she’s a walking, talking, bony-Maroney. She’s an unhealthy sort. Reading some of HER malarkey, it’s clear she’s got severe mental issues, the only sort that could come up with her brand of ‘academic’ horseshit.

    Bet shekels to nickels she doesn’t get within a synagogue’s width of Blacks anywhere in her life outside of the campus. She’s another piece to the puzzle, planting seeds of decline. As if introducing and forcing Blacks and women into the space program wasn’t enough decline, the miltary, Congress, K-12 and academia, 99% of them in administration and HR, all the better to undermine budgeting and redirecting assets away from space and quality and merit and more into EEOC. They then milk the gravy train. And here we are, depending on those nasty old Russians to get us into space. From there it was all downhill. Same thing with commercial air. The decline starts when you force EEOC over merit. There’s no other way for it to come out. Decline all over, force women over merit, race over merit, it wasn’t coincidence, our demise and now it’s all over, too late. Forcing EEOC feels great until you reach a tipping point of not enough merit vs. EEOC and you can’t build anything trustworthy. Even a god damned footbridge, the ladies and minorities couldn’t put together at FIU a couple years back. They were bragging, “women can design, women can build, we can engineer”. And it got a bunch of people killed. It’s horseshit. All of it. The entire narrative.

    Best part is, they know it’s true and they hate when we notice.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard

    They were bragging, “women can design, women can build, we can engineer”. And it got a bunch of people killed. It’s horseshit. All of it. The entire narrative.
     
    This is why my alma mater's College of Engineering magazine is nigh unreadable.

    They may as well insert, "the College of Vagineering," in the title.
  114. Worst job in the world competition.

    1. The salesman who must persuade libraries to subscribe to Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.
    2. The white male NSF reviewer who must explain to Chanda Prescod-Weinstein that her research proposal was rejected because it was not good enough.

  115. • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    Total BS.

    A huge number of people have thought Naomi Campbell was very attractive for a very long time:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naomi_Campbell
  116. @AnotherDad
    Sometimes mixing some white into black can result in a pretty nice looking woman. (I have such a gal as a neighbor--a quite attractive young woman. Who also went and got her PhD, but has--wisely--settled into being a young mother rather than quacking at the rest of us.)

    This black-Jewish mix does not appear to be a winner in any dimension.

    (And seriously ... a nose like that belongs on a container ship. Just get it fixed already and maybe you'll feel better about life.)

    (And seriously … a nose like that belongs on a container ship. Just get it fixed already and maybe you’ll feel better about life.)

    What relevance does Chanda Prescod-Weinstein’s physical/aesthetic appearance have here? Would her views and writings have any more credibility were she to have been blessed with an appearance that you found visually pleasing? Would her being so blessed make her work/writing any less worthy of criticism?

  117. Peter Higgs’ 1964 paper on the Higgs mechanism was 4 paragraphs. In those 4 paragraphs he stated a profound, testable truth.

    Chanda Prescod-Weinstein took 48 paragraphs to say… to say… uh, nothing testable.

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
    I think her theories will be testable--do white people float after they are burned.... :-(
  118. Ms. Prescod-Weinstein’s transparent pretense of “decolonizing physics” from the supposed standpoint of a bisexual Negro is just that — a ruse. If we examine the intersubjective phenomenology of her praxis a little more closely, it becomes clear that she is actively supporting the system of structural semitism via her aggressively incoherent victimhood-claiming. Who does she repeatedly cite as an epistemic “authority” to to serve as a scaffold for her nonsencical screed — a Fellow Female? A Fellow “agender queer?” A Fellow African Victim of the “misogynoir” fiction?

    Nope. Weinstein cites Einstein — a fellow tribesmember who serves as the very archetype of hebraic hegemony in the current year. It doesn’t matter that her repeated references to Einstein are nonsensical — she still attains her goal of reinforcing semitic supremacism by reinforcing the reputation of a fellow rootless cosmopolitan. The real source of Weinstein’s virulent, unreasoning anti-White hatred is clearly not her claimed “blackness” — it’s her toxic semitism.

    A closer look at Weinstein’s “Negro” identity:

    Early Life

    Russian-Jewish and Ukrainian-Jewish descent on her father’s side

    So how does she “identify?”

    Her wedding:

    When I walked down the aisle on our wedding day, the last thing I saw before I arrived at the chuppah.

    And this:

    And this:

    Most people respect that I am Jewish

    Black Semitic Girl Reader At The Airport

    I’m Black and Jewish

    But is she accepted as a legitimate member of the Tribe of Supreme Victims by the “jewish community?” Let’s see what the Times of Israel has to say:

    Kushner’s fellow Jewish Harvard alumni attack him ahead of their reunion

    Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

    Well OK then. Bonus — physiognomy check appears congruent with other indicators of tribal membership:

  119. @Anon
    Peter Higgs' 1964 paper on the Higgs mechanism was 4 paragraphs. In those 4 paragraphs he stated a profound, testable truth.

    Chanda Prescod-Weinstein took 48 paragraphs to say... to say... uh, nothing testable.

    I think her theories will be testable–do white people float after they are burned…. 🙁

  120. Shit so stupid only an academic will believe it.

  121. @Jim Christian
    You could force-feed that broad 9 blintzes an hour and she couldn't gain weight because she's got eating disorders. In fact, she's so skinny, so emaciated, I'd bet she pukes every other meal she eats. Her tits are wasted, her arms bony, her hair malnourished, she's a walking, talking, bony-Maroney. She's an unhealthy sort. Reading some of HER malarkey, it's clear she's got severe mental issues, the only sort that could come up with her brand of 'academic' horseshit.

    Bet shekels to nickels she doesn't get within a synagogue's width of Blacks anywhere in her life outside of the campus. She's another piece to the puzzle, planting seeds of decline. As if introducing and forcing Blacks and women into the space program wasn't enough decline, the miltary, Congress, K-12 and academia, 99% of them in administration and HR, all the better to undermine budgeting and redirecting assets away from space and quality and merit and more into EEOC. They then milk the gravy train. And here we are, depending on those nasty old Russians to get us into space. From there it was all downhill. Same thing with commercial air. The decline starts when you force EEOC over merit. There's no other way for it to come out. Decline all over, force women over merit, race over merit, it wasn't coincidence, our demise and now it's all over, too late. Forcing EEOC feels great until you reach a tipping point of not enough merit vs. EEOC and you can't build anything trustworthy. Even a god damned footbridge, the ladies and minorities couldn't put together at FIU a couple years back. They were bragging, "women can design, women can build, we can engineer". And it got a bunch of people killed. It's horseshit. All of it. The entire narrative.

    Best part is, they know it's true and they hate when we notice.

    They were bragging, “women can design, women can build, we can engineer”. And it got a bunch of people killed. It’s horseshit. All of it. The entire narrative.

    This is why my alma mater’s College of Engineering magazine is nigh unreadable.

    They may as well insert, “the College of Vagineering,” in the title.

  122. @MEH 0910
    https://twitter.com/IBJIYONGI/status/1204255627314368512

    Total BS.

    A huge number of people have thought Naomi Campbell was very attractive for a very long time:

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

  123. @Redneck farmer
    Why can't we have presidents that good looking?

    Why can’t we have presidents that good looking?

    Our president looks better than Finland’s:

    Sauli Niinistö.

  124. @Jim Christian
    Maybe she should instead ask why (extremely) White Jewish and Goyim feminist supremacists excluded women of ALL racial colors from their little club for the last 60 years while they were vacuuming up as much Matriarchal privilege for themselves as they could? Women of color weren't exactly who they meant when they wanted their more-than-equality in the Civil Rights Bill in 1964 or 65. On top of that, they supported so much illegal immigration from Hispanic-Land that Blacks were displaced in every conceivable industry there was. Do these privileged White Feminists, Jewess or not, ever listen to themselves? She's pretty damned White and White women OWN the joint now. She can't possibly be blaming White men. And what about Black MEN? Aren't they entitled? These gals are pretty racist and sexist if you ask me, they check every box.

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/bAqseJNNC7E/maxresdefault.jpg

    Women of color weren’t exactly who they meant when they wanted their more-than-equality in the Civil Rights Bill in 1964 or 65.

    The Root: How Racism Tainted Women’s Suffrage

    How Racism Nearly Derailed Women’s Right to Vote

  125. Too absurd for comment
    Yet, the use of “other” as a verb, is just so, so Cute

  126. Lee Smolin is skeptical of string theory, which I think is commendable. I don’t know why Chanda Prescod-Weinstein has to queer up that commendable skepticism with all that woke intersectionality crap.

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