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A press release from Fermi Lab:

Fermilab launches the new Gates Fellowship

November 29, 2021 | edited by Lisa Robertsicon icon icon

… the Gates Fellowship at Fermilab prioritizes the inclusion of first-generation college graduates, and the representation of historically and contemporarily minoritized individuals underrepresented in theoretical physics.

Because the natural laws that govern the universe are a social construct, theoretical physics has been held back by many of the contributions that would have been made by historically and contemporarily minoritized individuals underrepresented in theoretical physics. For example, how can physicists claim to understand the lived experience of black body radiation when few have black bodies?

Seriously, I presume that “minoritized” is used analogously to the more common term “racialized,” which I would guess is chosen to square the circle of the dogma of race not existing but also with the reality of the woke being obsessed with race: blacks aren’t a race, instead they are racialized by Society.

But what does “historically and contemporarily minoritized” mean?

First, it’s not “historically or contemporarily minoritized,” so if your name is, say, Sean O’Keegan, just waving your copy of Noel Ignatiev’s How the Irish Became White won’t cut the mustard for you. Your group has to have been historically and contemporarily minoritized.

But why not just contemporarily minoritized? Is that to keep some Elon Musk-like South African white genius from getting the fellowship on the ground that whites were minoritized in the Cape Colony in 1806? Or to keep out Jennifer Doudna-like white Hawaiians?

Or do they just like multisyllabic words, the more the better?

The Gates Fellowship isn’t named after Bill Gates, as I had expected, but after Sylvester James Gates, Jr. who is an actual black theoretical physicist. The septuagenarian Professor Gates is now in the Life Is Good portion of his career where he goes around collecting honors for a life well-lived:

He retired from the physics department and Center for Fundamental Physics at the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences in 2017, and he is now the Brown Theoretical Physics Center Director, the Ford Foundation Professor of Physics, Affiliate Professor of Mathematics, and Watson Institute for International Studies & Public Affairs Faculty Fellow at Brown University. He was a University of Maryland Regents Professor and served on former President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

In 2018, Gates was elected to the presidential line of the American Physical Society: he began serving as its Vice President in 2019, and will serve as President as of 2021.

On February 1, 2013, Gates was a recipient of the National Medal of Science. Gates was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2012, and the National Academy of Sciences in 2013.

Recently Gates has been featured in TurboTax and Verizon commercials.

During the 2008 World Science Festival, Gates narrated a ballet “The Elegant Universe”, where he gave a public presentation of the artistic forms connected to his scientific research.[18] Gates Appeared on the 2011 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: The Theory of Everything, hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson.[19] Gates also appeared in the BBC Horizon documentary The Hunt for Higgs in 2012, and the NOVA documentary Big Bang Machine in 2015.

Publications

Reality in the Shadows (or) What the Heck’s the Higgs?, (with Steven Jacob Sekula and Frank Blitzer), YBK Publishers, Inc. (2018), New York, New York, (ISBN 978-1-936411-39-9).

Proving Einstein Right: The Daring Expeditions that Changed How We Look at the Universe, (with Cathie Pelletier), Publisher: PublicAffairs (September 24, 2019) ISBN 978-1541762251.

It’s almost as if America really likes a smart black guy.

A friend writes:

While I am not qualified to assess his contributions to his chosen specialty (string theory), even the dimmest string theorist is still a genius …

 
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  1. This is for Physicist Dave.

    Is this Gates guy the real deal, or is he over-promoted? I imagine he’s got to have some real chops, but is he a Feynman-type magician, or even just a genius?

    • Replies: @glib
    @Paperback Writer

    Over-promoted.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    , @Mike Tre
    @Paperback Writer

    And WTF is up with his hair? Einstein envy, or what?

    https://mathematicallygiftedandblack.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/sylvester-gates.jpg

    They better get Morgan Freeman to play him in a movie asap, before Freeman is too old.

    , @Truth
    @Paperback Writer

    No, his IQ, is I would guess 8-10 points over the African-American mean.

  2. It’s almost as if America really likes a smart black guy.

    He’s got to be a pretty smart black guy. He may even be a really smart black guy. How can we trust that a really smart White guy shouldn’t have been in all those positions and had all those honors instead of Professor Gates? Affirmative Action has made it to where you may never really know and can’t trust that this guy is really the smart guy he’s cracked up to be. Too bad for him … probably.

    • Agree: TruthRevolution.net
    • Replies: @International Jew
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Yep. And it's easy to forget that though "septuagenarian" sounds old, today the entire career of a septuagenarian has played out in the affirmative action era.

    , @usNthem
    @Achmed E. Newman

    This is the typical big fuss made over the one black who happens good at something dozens, hundreds or thousands of Whites would excel at. It’s all so tiresome.

    Replies: @Truth

    , @Hypnotoad666
    @Achmed E. Newman


    "even the dimmest string theorist is still a genius …"
     
    I'd be inclined to go the other way and say that the most brilliant string theorist is still a useless dolt. It's like being the world's leading expert on astrology, or on how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.
  3. To Physicist Dave: is this guy for real?

    Obviously, he’s got real chops. But is he a mere Gell-Mann type genius, or a Feynman-magician? Or a solid journeyman?

    • Replies: @tyrone
    @Paperback Writer

    "Gell-Mann type genius, or a Feynman-magician? Or a solid journeyman?".......... Oh no, think the ultimate magic negro......when he stands up at a conference everyone feels so good .....that's better than muons.

    , @Alden
    @Paperback Writer

    More like a competent journeyman I’m sure.

    , @Roger
    @Paperback Writer

    Gell-Mann and Feynman worked on understanding the physical world. Gates worked in areas that have no known relation to anything observable.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

  4. Apologies for the dual comment. The first one disappeared. Some commenting glitch.

  5. Seriously, I presume that “minoritized” is used analogously to the more common term “racialized,” which I would guess is chosen to square the circle of the dogma of race not existing but also with the reality of the woke being obsessed with race: blacks aren’t a race, instead they are racialized by Society.

    No, I think they’re just using “minoritized” because that would include not only racial minorities but any other fringe identity group, such as LGBT, the disabled, etc.

    • Replies: @Jon
    @Intelligent Dasein

    This is exactly what it is. Minoritized is just a catch-all to cover anyone who isn't a straight, White, male.

    , @CCZ
    @Intelligent Dasein

    "No, I think they’re just using “minoritized” because that would include not only racial minorities but any other fringe identity group, such as LGBT, the disabled, etc."

    Like below????

    https://twitter.com/lporiginalg/status/1467256746175451139

    Replies: @G. Poulin

  6. @Paperback Writer
    This is for Physicist Dave.

    Is this Gates guy the real deal, or is he over-promoted? I imagine he's got to have some real chops, but is he a Feynman-type magician, or even just a genius?

    Replies: @glib, @Mike Tre, @Truth

    Over-promoted.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @glib

    Receipts?

  7. Dr Gates’ Curriculum Vitae is at http://www.umdphysics.umd.edu/images/CV/gates_cv.pdf. Appendix B (pgs 23-36) lists 194 published research papers.

    • Replies: @GeologyAnon Mk 3
    @Oleg Panczenko

    Thanks. He is first author on a good number of the research papers he lists on his CV, and a good chunk of his first author publications seem to be focused on real, robust research although the most recent was 10 years ago and he has mountains of equity crap polluting what seems to be a very respectable and impressive record as a researcher.

  8. Historically and Contemporarily Minoritized Individuals to Get Theoretical Physics Fellowships

    Well, that’s not as bad as their getting actual physics fellowships!

  9. If any “minorities” are brought to attention for their alleged achievements (of ANY sort, but particularly of a scientific nature) those alleged “achievements” should be held under EXTREME suspicion.

    • Agree: Alden
  10. So Doc Gates has today’s real leadership chops; he knows how to do publicity and fundraising.

  11. There is no typological difference between today’s DIE initiatives, and the medieval chantries where a priest is paid to sing millions of masses to accumulate otherworldly credit to the benefactor’s soul.

  12. @Achmed E. Newman

    It’s almost as if America really likes a smart black guy.
     
    He's got to be a pretty smart black guy. He may even be a really smart black guy. How can we trust that a really smart White guy shouldn't have been in all those positions and had all those honors instead of Professor Gates? Affirmative Action has made it to where you may never really know and can't trust that this guy is really the smart guy he's cracked up to be. Too bad for him ... probably.

    Replies: @International Jew, @usNthem, @Hypnotoad666

    Yep. And it’s easy to forget that though “septuagenarian” sounds old, today the entire career of a septuagenarian has played out in the affirmative action era.

  13. “It’s almost as if America really likes a smart black guy.”

    Oh, my goodness. Judging by the commercials, this is the guy who’s voice could be an automatic fill in for Morgan Freeman. After all, if Freeman could play God, then Gates could do physics.

  14. I once had a chance to interact with Gates. For What’s It’s Worth: I found him to be personally a very decent individual. If anyone is to be over-praised because of their race, let it be him!

  15. Remember, he had to work twice as hard to write all those papers and get them published. No wonder his hair’s half white.

    • LOL: Old Prude
  16. Physics is so…………20th century. Who really cares anymore?

    We’ve entered the Metaverse, baby! Humans are now limited only by their bandwidth.

    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein
    @Mr. Anon


    Physics is so…………20th century. Who really cares anymore?
     
    If you want to get technical about it, physics was actually 19th century. 20th century physics is Gnosticism with tensor fields.
    , @Truth
    @Mr. Anon


    Humans are now limited only by their bandwidth.
     
    You're kinda like the 4th most-powerful AM station in Okmulgee, OK, Grasshopper.
  17. This is a big fuss over not much. They are going to pick one or more fellows a year. The fellowship lasts for 5 years. Fellows do not have to be American and it is anybody’s guess how many will be. How many universities in Latin America and Africa even offer theoretical physics at the doctoral level? I have no idea. Will more blacks, Hispanics and indigenous people now go into the field because they can apply for the Gates fellowship for theoretical physics? I doubt it.

    I have never heard the term “minoritized” and the more I think about it, the more I do not like it. It suggests that whoever is the dominant group deliberately and unfairly made others become a minority. It is also kind of dumb since in some White nations the Whites themselves are being minoritized. Do the Woke people see the immigrants doing that as villains too?

    https://www.fnal.gov/pub/forphysicists/fellowships/sylvester-james-gates/

    • Agree: Mr. Rational
    • Replies: @James N. Kennett
    @notsaying


    Fellows do not have to be American and it is anybody’s guess how many will be.
     
    This poses a dilemma if the candidate is a Mexican of European descent, applying from Mexico. Can he claim to have been "minoritized" when he belongs to the majority in his home country?

    I have never heard the term “minoritized” and the more I think about it, the more I do not like it. It suggests that whoever is the dominant group deliberately and unfairly made others become a minority.
     
    Yes, it is an unpleasant and obfuscating term.

    White British people are a minority in London, but I doubt they will be considered "minoritized" for the purposes of this fellowship.

    You may belong to a minority, but that does not mean you have been "minoritized": the latter means simply that you are not at the bottom of the intersectional totem pole.
  18. The septuagenarian Professor Gates is now in the Life Is Good portion of his career…

    “It’s the truth! It’s ackshul! Everything is satisfackshul!”

    • LOL: Bardon Kaldian
  19. The Minoritzer is a particularly devious ray gun with special effects.

    It works like the Floydizer, but leaves out the Fentanyl part. When you hear the ZAP, you are transported to a food desert with the fuzz manhandling you even though you didn’t do nothing.

    Sometimes it misfires, then you just get Havana Syndrome.

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
    @El Dato

    I don't get it, but somehow it makes sense.

  20. It’s almost as if America really likes a smart black guy.

  21. Gates is literally the *only* black who can compete at the highest levels of math and physics as far as I’m aware.

    He made his bones in string theory, the highest IQ profession in the world.

    • Disagree: Dingo bay rum
    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Whereismyhandle

    You'll notice that I have no opinion whatsoever on string theory other than it's over my head.

    Replies: @Whereismyhandle, @Dingo bay rum, @Bardon Kaldian, @G. Poulin

    , @James N. Kennett
    @Whereismyhandle


    Gates is literally the *only* black who can compete at the highest levels of math and physics as far as I’m aware.
     
    The numbers are small, but Gates is not unique. There is also Shirley Ann Jackson, who earned her degrees before Affirmative Action. No doubt there are others who have received less publicity.
    , @Calvin Hobbes
    @Whereismyhandle


    Gates is literally the *only* black who can compete at the highest levels of math and physics as far as I’m aware.
     
    David Blackwell (April 24, 1919 – July 8, 2010) was a great mathematician and a great man.

    https://stat.illinois.edu/news/2020-07-17/david-h-blackwell-profile-inspiration-and-perseverance

    If there ever was another black mathematician who was remotely comparable to David Blackwell, I don’t know who it was.
  22. Anon[125] • Disclaimer says:

    I’ve become obsessed by the hairline of Sylvester James Gates, Jr. Do a Google Images search. Is that a kinky natural toupe? The weird shadow-casting hairline is in all his photos. And there is one photo showing him in a shoulder length afro-bob that seems really fake and doesn’t match the hair on the sides of his head. I though the head shave was the universal baldness adaptation for black men.

  23. We need more Jews in physics. They’ve been historically “minorita..whatever”. And many of them consider themselves a non-white minority, as I write.

    So, give Jews, along with Inuits, blacks, Amazon Indians, Hmongs …. this fellowship, because they were & are, somehow, “disadvantaged”.

  24. Anon[125] • Disclaimer says:

    Sylvester James Gates, Jr. had quite a career trajectory:

    Then from 1982 to 1984, he was an assistant professor of applied mathematics at MIT. In 1984, at the age of 33, Dr. Gates was promoted to Professor of Physics, a position he held for the next four years before taking an appointment at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1991, Dr. Gates left University of Maryland at College Park, to become a professor and physics department chair at Howard University.

    MIT to the University of Maryland to Howard University.

    After that, a 2-year city college somewhere? Then a high school?

    He left MIT as a tenured, full professor. It’s not that he moved on because he was passed up for tenure. I wonder what the story there is.

    • Replies: @Mike Tre
    @Anon

    "I wonder what the story there is. "

    A pregnant white post grad?

    , @Hibernian
    @Anon

    Notice he was department chair at Howard. Maybe he wanted to mentor Black students.

    Replies: @Hangnail Hans, @Anon, @Jon, @Justvisiting

    , @Hangnail Hans
    @Anon


    MIT to the University of Maryland to Howard University.

    After that, a 2-year city college somewhere? Then a high school?
     

    The biggest step downward was the first.


    Bathos definition: a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @Alden
    @Anon

    So Gates never got tenure anywhere? Reminds me of those rotating big city affirmative action black police chiefs. 3 years here 3 years there because they were so incompetent their contracts weren’t renewed. And some other big city was encouraged to hire them.

    , @Anon
    @Anon

    I noticed a massive red flag after looking at Gates' list of publications 282 publications. About 14/15ths of them were written with co-authors. However, the vast majority of Gates' solo authored papers have ZERO citations, meaning they weren't considered groundbreaking or important by other scholars in the field. The co-authored papers are the ones getting almost all the citations.

    It is not unheard of in academia for a prof to climb the career ladder parasitizing his grad students' ideas. It may be that students got tired of him getting credit for the students' work and complained to the administration, which got him pushed out.

    Replies: @Unladen Swallow

  25. Two publications?? They sound chatty.

  26. Anonymous[130] • Disclaimer says:

    Not unrelated:

    “Why Indian-born CEOs dominate Silicon Valley”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-59457015

    “This is the result of a drastic shift in US immigration policy in the 1960s,” write the authors of The Other One Percent: Indians in America.

    This cohort of Indian immigrants did not “resemble any other immigrant group from any other nation”, the authors say. They were “triply selected” – not only were they among the upper-caste privileged Indians who could afford to go to a reputed college, but they also belonged to a smaller sliver that could finance a masters in the US, which many of Silicon Valley’s CEOs possess. And finally, the visa system further narrowed it down to those with specific skills – often in science, technology, engineering and maths or STEM as the preferred category is known – that meet the US’s “high-end labour market needs”.

  27. I suspect ‘minoritized’ here may be a way to include women.

  28. Minoritized sounds like it’s perfect for Jews who lived in the third world. I have heard that mathematics departments goosed their diversity numbers with Argentine Jews. They are Hispanics! Third-world jews would be doubly minoritized.

    Minoritised might mean anyone who can kinda-sorta be a pretendian, like Big Squaw Elizabeth Warren. Like, if you are 15/16ths white, the rest black, then you are minoritized and they don’t have to worry about whether you are actually a minority.

    Maybe the fellowship is meant for Igbo. They are a minority of Nigerians, after all. This would fit with Steve’s prediction that woke America will pull out of Africa the one in a million with > 130 IQ. There are more Africans than African Americans, and they will have a much better attitude as well. The Afromericans think America is oppressive, but the smart Africans lived in Wakanda. They know they have a much better deal in rapidly decaying America. Perhaps there is a deal to be made with smart Africans whereby they can be the face of immigration restriction. Maybe the brains behind it as well. They worked hard to escape continent-scale Black Undertow. It would be a shame if the Undertow crossed the ocean.

    • Replies: @Mr. Rational
    @Rob


    It would be a shame if the Undertow crossed the ocean.
     
    It already did centuries ago.
  29. @Paperback Writer
    To Physicist Dave: is this guy for real?

    Obviously, he's got real chops. But is he a mere Gell-Mann type genius, or a Feynman-magician? Or a solid journeyman?

    Replies: @tyrone, @Alden, @Roger

    “Gell-Mann type genius, or a Feynman-magician? Or a solid journeyman?”………. Oh no, think the ultimate magic negro……when he stands up at a conference everyone feels so good …..that’s better than muons.

  30. @Whereismyhandle
    Gates is literally the *only* black who can compete at the highest levels of math and physics as far as I'm aware.

    He made his bones in string theory, the highest IQ profession in the world.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @James N. Kennett, @Calvin Hobbes

    You’ll notice that I have no opinion whatsoever on string theory other than it’s over my head.

    • Replies: @Whereismyhandle
    @Steve Sailer

    That rapscallion Lubos Motl once said something to Scott Aaranson like, "you're just not smart enough to do what I do." And Aaronson replied, "you're right, Lubos, I'm not."

    To nearly everyone else in the world, Aaronson is a mathematical-scientific genius.

    , @Dingo bay rum
    @Steve Sailer

    String theory is nonsense. Complicated involvement passing for deep.intelectual pursuits.

    , @Bardon Kaldian
    @Steve Sailer

    Apart from math technicalities, string theory is actually conceptually primitive & has virtually nothing new in comparison with the QM of the 1920s.

    And, most of all - it is sterile & doesn't work.

    My objections would be some less frequently encountered:

    a) it is mathematically ugly, not beautiful
    b) it does solve a few very important issues, but it leads to others
    c) it is basically new epicycles model, not a true breakthrough
    d) it works with two theories, GR & QM/QFT which are, at best, approximations and conceptually unsatisfactory- now
    e) the idea of one, "final" theory is silly
    f) its efforts at compactification (trying to end up with 4 dimensions from 11 mathematically necessary) are simply a wrong way of thinking

    , @G. Poulin
    @Steve Sailer

    Strings that are over somebody's head are called "nooses", at least in theory.

  31. Concerning the friend with inside info on Gates, did he consent to be quoted? There’s enough there to dox him.

  32. In a normally distributed population with mean 85 and standard deviation 15, the highest value would be expected to be about 167.

    • Replies: @Rob
    @astrolabe

    Keep in mind that the black standard deviation is smaller. It’s around 12 if I remember right. That’s somewhat surprising, as one would expect a mix of populations to have a larger σ, especially when the parental populations have different means.

    Approximating that IQ is built by a finite number of genes with alleles that increase or decrease IQ on “top” of a basic human brain that does not differ all that much between populations, though for every allele that is fixed, n is smaller for that population. Taking p as the probability of the + allele, we can model IQ as the sum of trials of a binomial variable! I’m too lazy to do math or look up anything but the occasional simple equation, but we can probably learn something.

    The standard deviation of the sum of a series of “coin flips” increases as the number of flips increases, though more slowly. The internet informs me that the standard deviation of the sum of binomial variables is:

    σ = sqrt(p(1 - p)*n)

    Where p is the probability of the “coin” coming up 1 and n is the number of “coin” flips. p(1-p) has minima at 1 and 0, with a maximum at p = 0.5.

    If we assume that blacks have fewer copies of the +IQ alleles, so p is smaller, ie. They tend to be nearer fixation for the -IQ allele or they have fewer genes with variant alleles that affect IQ, so n is smaller.

    It seems unlikely that blacks could have a smaller n, given that they had white admixture not that long ago. Not much could have been selected to zero. They could have started with fewer genes with extant alleles that influence IQ.

    That depends on + allele frequency in whites being closer to 0.5 than in blacks. We should be able to tell this from GWAS, but I don’t know. Does anyone know GWAS well enough? This depends on + versions being closer to 0.5 frequency in whites than they are in blacks.

    I feel like a dumb La Griffe du Lion. We should expect both the mean and standard deviation of IQ to vary between different populations! I dunno if no one has made this case before, but it’s news to me, and I’ve been hanging around the HBD-sphere for a long time.

  33. @Paperback Writer
    This is for Physicist Dave.

    Is this Gates guy the real deal, or is he over-promoted? I imagine he's got to have some real chops, but is he a Feynman-type magician, or even just a genius?

    Replies: @glib, @Mike Tre, @Truth

    And WTF is up with his hair? Einstein envy, or what?

    They better get Morgan Freeman to play him in a movie asap, before Freeman is too old.

  34. @Anon
    Sylvester James Gates, Jr. had quite a career trajectory:

    Then from 1982 to 1984, he was an assistant professor of applied mathematics at MIT. In 1984, at the age of 33, Dr. Gates was promoted to Professor of Physics, a position he held for the next four years before taking an appointment at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1991, Dr. Gates left University of Maryland at College Park, to become a professor and physics department chair at Howard University.
     
    MIT to the University of Maryland to Howard University.

    After that, a 2-year city college somewhere? Then a high school?

    He left MIT as a tenured, full professor. It's not that he moved on because he was passed up for tenure. I wonder what the story there is.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Hibernian, @Hangnail Hans, @Alden, @Anon

    “I wonder what the story there is. ”

    A pregnant white post grad?

  35. @Steve Sailer
    @Whereismyhandle

    You'll notice that I have no opinion whatsoever on string theory other than it's over my head.

    Replies: @Whereismyhandle, @Dingo bay rum, @Bardon Kaldian, @G. Poulin

    That rapscallion Lubos Motl once said something to Scott Aaranson like, “you’re just not smart enough to do what I do.” And Aaronson replied, “you’re right, Lubos, I’m not.”

    To nearly everyone else in the world, Aaronson is a mathematical-scientific genius.

  36. I’m the boy for this.

    prioritizes the inclusion of first-generation college graduates

    I’m not, but neither of my parents went to university and that’s doubtless as far back as they could check.

    and the representation of historically and contemporarily minoritized individuals

    My father was an orphan – that is demonstrably a minority thing.

  37. Reminds me of a good “dad joke”:

    I was really surprised to learn that Albert Einstein was a real person. All my life I had been told he was a theoretical physicist.

  38. @Anon
    Sylvester James Gates, Jr. had quite a career trajectory:

    Then from 1982 to 1984, he was an assistant professor of applied mathematics at MIT. In 1984, at the age of 33, Dr. Gates was promoted to Professor of Physics, a position he held for the next four years before taking an appointment at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1991, Dr. Gates left University of Maryland at College Park, to become a professor and physics department chair at Howard University.
     
    MIT to the University of Maryland to Howard University.

    After that, a 2-year city college somewhere? Then a high school?

    He left MIT as a tenured, full professor. It's not that he moved on because he was passed up for tenure. I wonder what the story there is.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Hibernian, @Hangnail Hans, @Alden, @Anon

    Notice he was department chair at Howard. Maybe he wanted to mentor Black students.

    • Replies: @Hangnail Hans
    @Hibernian


    Maybe he wanted to mentor Black students.
     
    Could have stayed at Maryland for that. But this is clearly a guy--however smart he may be--engaged in a lifelong search for lower standards.
    , @Anon
    @Hibernian


    Notice he was department chair at Howard. Maybe he wanted to mentor Black students.
     
    But would a black kid talented in math and quantitative science waste his time at Howard? Even a black kid who bought into mismatch theory who didn't want to be crushed at an Icy or MIT or Caltech would shoot higher than Howard, maybe Cal Poly?
    , @Jon
    @Hibernian

    That was my thought. MIT to Maryland to Howard is no-blacks to many-blacks to all-blacks. I wonder if he got disillusioned in his quest to find and mentor smart blacks like himself? From US News:


    Half the applicants admitted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology have an SAT score between 1510 and 1580 or an ACT score of 34 and 36
     

    Half the applicants admitted to Howard University have an SAT score between 1130 and 1260 or an ACT score of 22 and 26
     
    , @Justvisiting
    @Hibernian

    I spent many of my earlier years in life at an "elite" prep school, an "elite" college, and an "elite" graduate program.

    I did not encounter one black student I would classify as truly brilliant--not one.

    There were a few that were average for the class, but most were blatant affirmative action admissions that did not belong there.

    In my work life of decades I never met one truly brilliant black person--again not one--and I worked in some environments where blacks were represented at a higher percentage than the general population.

    Mentoring at Howard in theoretical physics is a truly thankless task--it is like going to a horse farm and trying to train Unicorns.

    Replies: @Abolish_public_education, @The Germ Theory of Disease

  39. Reality in the Shadows (or) What the Heck’s the Higgs?, (with Steven Jacob Sekula and Frank Blitzer)

    Proving Einstein Right: The Daring Expeditions that Changed How We Look at the Universe, (with Cathie Pelletier)

    Don’t Call Me Sly: My Life in Theoretical Physics by Sylvester James Gates, Jr. (as told to Dick Schaap)

  40. @Achmed E. Newman

    It’s almost as if America really likes a smart black guy.
     
    He's got to be a pretty smart black guy. He may even be a really smart black guy. How can we trust that a really smart White guy shouldn't have been in all those positions and had all those honors instead of Professor Gates? Affirmative Action has made it to where you may never really know and can't trust that this guy is really the smart guy he's cracked up to be. Too bad for him ... probably.

    Replies: @International Jew, @usNthem, @Hypnotoad666

    This is the typical big fuss made over the one black who happens good at something dozens, hundreds or thousands of Whites would excel at. It’s all so tiresome.

    • Agree: Mr. Rational, Alden
    • Replies: @Truth
    @usNthem

    A "white nationalist" is the one who "made a big fuss" about it, on a white nationalist website, and will garner hundreds of responses.

    Otherwise you would never have heard of him.

  41. @Anon
    Sylvester James Gates, Jr. had quite a career trajectory:

    Then from 1982 to 1984, he was an assistant professor of applied mathematics at MIT. In 1984, at the age of 33, Dr. Gates was promoted to Professor of Physics, a position he held for the next four years before taking an appointment at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1991, Dr. Gates left University of Maryland at College Park, to become a professor and physics department chair at Howard University.
     
    MIT to the University of Maryland to Howard University.

    After that, a 2-year city college somewhere? Then a high school?

    He left MIT as a tenured, full professor. It's not that he moved on because he was passed up for tenure. I wonder what the story there is.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Hibernian, @Hangnail Hans, @Alden, @Anon

    MIT to the University of Maryland to Howard University.

    After that, a 2-year city college somewhere? Then a high school?

    The biggest step downward was the first.

    Bathos definition: a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Hangnail Hans


    Bathos definition: a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace.
     
    Actually, John Quincy Adams and William Howard Taft stepped "down" after their presidential to "lesser" positions. They deserve our respect for that.. Beats founding a personal "library" nobody visits.

    I can't wait for Kamala to take office. Nothing would deflate the Presidency and its arrogance more.

    Replies: @Rob McX, @Ralph L, @Russ

  42. @Paperback Writer
    To Physicist Dave: is this guy for real?

    Obviously, he's got real chops. But is he a mere Gell-Mann type genius, or a Feynman-magician? Or a solid journeyman?

    Replies: @tyrone, @Alden, @Roger

    More like a competent journeyman I’m sure.

  43. @Hibernian
    @Anon

    Notice he was department chair at Howard. Maybe he wanted to mentor Black students.

    Replies: @Hangnail Hans, @Anon, @Jon, @Justvisiting

    Maybe he wanted to mentor Black students.

    Could have stayed at Maryland for that. But this is clearly a guy–however smart he may be–engaged in a lifelong search for lower standards.

  44. String theory is a joke. Actual science can be tested. The idea that spouting gibberish makes you smarter than someone with real results is comedy: “you know, like, we could be living a different timeline on another planet! Hey, want to come back to my place?”.

    A clue for everyone that thinks string theory = genius: how many people that changed the world with science hid in universities for their entire life? The answer is zero.

    • Agree: Dingo bay rum
  45. @Anon
    Sylvester James Gates, Jr. had quite a career trajectory:

    Then from 1982 to 1984, he was an assistant professor of applied mathematics at MIT. In 1984, at the age of 33, Dr. Gates was promoted to Professor of Physics, a position he held for the next four years before taking an appointment at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1991, Dr. Gates left University of Maryland at College Park, to become a professor and physics department chair at Howard University.
     
    MIT to the University of Maryland to Howard University.

    After that, a 2-year city college somewhere? Then a high school?

    He left MIT as a tenured, full professor. It's not that he moved on because he was passed up for tenure. I wonder what the story there is.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Hibernian, @Hangnail Hans, @Alden, @Anon

    So Gates never got tenure anywhere? Reminds me of those rotating big city affirmative action black police chiefs. 3 years here 3 years there because they were so incompetent their contracts weren’t renewed. And some other big city was encouraged to hire them.

  46. Anon[130] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hibernian
    @Anon

    Notice he was department chair at Howard. Maybe he wanted to mentor Black students.

    Replies: @Hangnail Hans, @Anon, @Jon, @Justvisiting

    Notice he was department chair at Howard. Maybe he wanted to mentor Black students.

    But would a black kid talented in math and quantitative science waste his time at Howard? Even a black kid who bought into mismatch theory who didn’t want to be crushed at an Icy or MIT or Caltech would shoot higher than Howard, maybe Cal Poly?

  47. @Whereismyhandle
    Gates is literally the *only* black who can compete at the highest levels of math and physics as far as I'm aware.

    He made his bones in string theory, the highest IQ profession in the world.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @James N. Kennett, @Calvin Hobbes

    Gates is literally the *only* black who can compete at the highest levels of math and physics as far as I’m aware.

    The numbers are small, but Gates is not unique. There is also Shirley Ann Jackson, who earned her degrees before Affirmative Action. No doubt there are others who have received less publicity.

  48. @Intelligent Dasein

    Seriously, I presume that “minoritized” is used analogously to the more common term “racialized,” which I would guess is chosen to square the circle of the dogma of race not existing but also with the reality of the woke being obsessed with race: blacks aren’t a race, instead they are racialized by Society.
     
    No, I think they're just using "minoritized" because that would include not only racial minorities but any other fringe identity group, such as LGBT, the disabled, etc.

    Replies: @Jon, @CCZ

    This is exactly what it is. Minoritized is just a catch-all to cover anyone who isn’t a straight, White, male.

  49. @Hibernian
    @Anon

    Notice he was department chair at Howard. Maybe he wanted to mentor Black students.

    Replies: @Hangnail Hans, @Anon, @Jon, @Justvisiting

    That was my thought. MIT to Maryland to Howard is no-blacks to many-blacks to all-blacks. I wonder if he got disillusioned in his quest to find and mentor smart blacks like himself? From US News:

    Half the applicants admitted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology have an SAT score between 1510 and 1580 or an ACT score of 34 and 36

    Half the applicants admitted to Howard University have an SAT score between 1130 and 1260 or an ACT score of 22 and 26

  50. @El Dato
    The Minoritzer is a particularly devious ray gun with special effects.

    It works like the Floydizer, but leaves out the Fentanyl part. When you hear the ZAP, you are transported to a food desert with the fuzz manhandling you even though you didn't do nothing.

    Sometimes it misfires, then you just get Havana Syndrome.

    Replies: @Mr. Rational

    I don’t get it, but somehow it makes sense.

  51. Well, Tom Sowell is pretty much real, but it’s safe to assume that Gates is over-promoted.

  52. Recently Gates has been featured in TurboTax and Verizon commercials.

    This seemed a little out of place, coming as it did between his being a member of the National Academy of Sciences and being a featured presenter at the World Science Festival.

  53. @notsaying
    This is a big fuss over not much. They are going to pick one or more fellows a year. The fellowship lasts for 5 years. Fellows do not have to be American and it is anybody's guess how many will be. How many universities in Latin America and Africa even offer theoretical physics at the doctoral level? I have no idea. Will more blacks, Hispanics and indigenous people now go into the field because they can apply for the Gates fellowship for theoretical physics? I doubt it.

    I have never heard the term "minoritized" and the more I think about it, the more I do not like it. It suggests that whoever is the dominant group deliberately and unfairly made others become a minority. It is also kind of dumb since in some White nations the Whites themselves are being minoritized. Do the Woke people see the immigrants doing that as villains too?

    https://www.fnal.gov/pub/forphysicists/fellowships/sylvester-james-gates/

    Replies: @James N. Kennett

    Fellows do not have to be American and it is anybody’s guess how many will be.

    This poses a dilemma if the candidate is a Mexican of European descent, applying from Mexico. Can he claim to have been “minoritized” when he belongs to the majority in his home country?

    I have never heard the term “minoritized” and the more I think about it, the more I do not like it. It suggests that whoever is the dominant group deliberately and unfairly made others become a minority.

    Yes, it is an unpleasant and obfuscating term.

    White British people are a minority in London, but I doubt they will be considered “minoritized” for the purposes of this fellowship.

    You may belong to a minority, but that does not mean you have been “minoritized”: the latter means simply that you are not at the bottom of the intersectional totem pole.

    • Agree: notsaying
  54. @Rob
    Minoritized sounds like it's perfect for Jews who lived in the third world. I have heard that mathematics departments goosed their diversity numbers with Argentine Jews. They are Hispanics! Third-world jews would be doubly minoritized.

    Minoritised might mean anyone who can kinda-sorta be a pretendian, like Big Squaw Elizabeth Warren. Like, if you are 15/16ths white, the rest black, then you are minoritized and they don’t have to worry about whether you are actually a minority.

    Maybe the fellowship is meant for Igbo. They are a minority of Nigerians, after all. This would fit with Steve’s prediction that woke America will pull out of Africa the one in a million with > 130 IQ. There are more Africans than African Americans, and they will have a much better attitude as well. The Afromericans think America is oppressive, but the smart Africans lived in Wakanda. They know they have a much better deal in rapidly decaying America. Perhaps there is a deal to be made with smart Africans whereby they can be the face of immigration restriction. Maybe the brains behind it as well. They worked hard to escape continent-scale Black Undertow. It would be a shame if the Undertow crossed the ocean.

    Replies: @Mr. Rational

    It would be a shame if the Undertow crossed the ocean.

    It already did centuries ago.

  55. @glib
    @Paperback Writer

    Over-promoted.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    Receipts?

  56. @Steve Sailer
    @Whereismyhandle

    You'll notice that I have no opinion whatsoever on string theory other than it's over my head.

    Replies: @Whereismyhandle, @Dingo bay rum, @Bardon Kaldian, @G. Poulin

    String theory is nonsense. Complicated involvement passing for deep.intelectual pursuits.

  57. Remember when people thought that Wokeness would stay confined to liberal arts etc, and not science? Hell even at engineering conferences now, I am asked to “state my gender identity” on the registration. One reason I’ve lost interest in attending any more.

  58. @Steve Sailer
    @Whereismyhandle

    You'll notice that I have no opinion whatsoever on string theory other than it's over my head.

    Replies: @Whereismyhandle, @Dingo bay rum, @Bardon Kaldian, @G. Poulin

    Apart from math technicalities, string theory is actually conceptually primitive & has virtually nothing new in comparison with the QM of the 1920s.

    And, most of all – it is sterile & doesn’t work.

    My objections would be some less frequently encountered:

    a) it is mathematically ugly, not beautiful
    b) it does solve a few very important issues, but it leads to others
    c) it is basically new epicycles model, not a true breakthrough
    d) it works with two theories, GR & QM/QFT which are, at best, approximations and conceptually unsatisfactory- now
    e) the idea of one, “final” theory is silly
    f) its efforts at compactification (trying to end up with 4 dimensions from 11 mathematically necessary) are simply a wrong way of thinking

  59. @Mr. Anon
    Physics is so............20th century. Who really cares anymore?

    We've entered the Metaverse, baby! Humans are now limited only by their bandwidth.

    Replies: @Intelligent Dasein, @Truth

    Physics is so…………20th century. Who really cares anymore?

    If you want to get technical about it, physics was actually 19th century. 20th century physics is Gnosticism with tensor fields.

  60. Gates is a solid, legitimate string theorist, but not a star. You don’t have to believe me; You can check for yourself. Go to scholar.google.com and search for SJ Gates. You’ll see his publications, ordered by the number of citations. His most cited is a free re-print of a book that he co-wrote, but after that the items are legitimate peer reviewed papers . The most cited has 976, followed by 345, 275, 169, 152, 144, etc.

    What constitutes a lot of citations depends on how many people work in a field, and how much they publish. You can get an idea of whether or not his numbers are impressive by clicking on the links associated with his co-authors to see how many citations they have. For example, Rocek, https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7Dw2wEIAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra one of Gates’ co-authors has 2021, 1335,1218,926,597,… and of course he’s not nearly as well known. A minute of two of browsing will convince you that Gates is solid, but not a star.

    • Thanks: John Regan, Calvin Hobbes
  61. @Hibernian
    @Anon

    Notice he was department chair at Howard. Maybe he wanted to mentor Black students.

    Replies: @Hangnail Hans, @Anon, @Jon, @Justvisiting

    I spent many of my earlier years in life at an “elite” prep school, an “elite” college, and an “elite” graduate program.

    I did not encounter one black student I would classify as truly brilliant–not one.

    There were a few that were average for the class, but most were blatant affirmative action admissions that did not belong there.

    In my work life of decades I never met one truly brilliant black person–again not one–and I worked in some environments where blacks were represented at a higher percentage than the general population.

    Mentoring at Howard in theoretical physics is a truly thankless task–it is like going to a horse farm and trying to train Unicorns.

    • Replies: @Abolish_public_education
    @Justvisiting

    [During my long life] I did not encounter one black .. I would classify as truly brilliant–not one.

    In my long, insular, politically painful life, I knew one. He was also very anti-AA. He ultimately became a professor at an HBC.

    how can physicists claim to understand the lived experience of black body radiation when few have black bodies?

    Only the vertically challenged can truly understand the quantum realm.

    Gates narrated a ballet “The Elegant Universe”, where he gave a public presentation of the artistic forms connected to his scientific research

    The collaborative stuff between science and dance, college professors is truly awful and pretentious. For that matter, politics and music don't mix well, either. I once heard a symphony performance of Copland's Portrait of Lincoln, narrated by a 2nd-tier famous, totally crooked, black preacher. Disgusting. I do, however, like Beethoven's Fifth.

    Caltech is unusual in that its TAs are a mix of graduate students and professors

    I'll bet. The typical, State U teaching situation a bad joke. The TAs are exclusively foreigners with horrible, English language skills. The profsters limit their teaching "burden" to collaborating with a hand-picked group of graduate students. Sorry, standing up in front of a cavernous lecture hall, before hundreds of 101-levels (at U TX, > 1,000?!), doesn't count (though of course we know even that task -- an insult to taxpayers -- has been largely outsourced to lecturers.)

    , @The Germ Theory of Disease
    @Justvisiting

    Back when I was a student at Most Prestigious University, I knew four or five black fellow students who I would classify as "brilliant" --- but they were all brilliant within an arts/performative context, and they all had serious eff-ed up behavioral problems. In my actual classes of Difficult Intellectual Stuff, I never even saw a single black student, let alone a brilliant one.

  62. Anon[265] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon
    Sylvester James Gates, Jr. had quite a career trajectory:

    Then from 1982 to 1984, he was an assistant professor of applied mathematics at MIT. In 1984, at the age of 33, Dr. Gates was promoted to Professor of Physics, a position he held for the next four years before taking an appointment at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1991, Dr. Gates left University of Maryland at College Park, to become a professor and physics department chair at Howard University.
     
    MIT to the University of Maryland to Howard University.

    After that, a 2-year city college somewhere? Then a high school?

    He left MIT as a tenured, full professor. It's not that he moved on because he was passed up for tenure. I wonder what the story there is.

    Replies: @Mike Tre, @Hibernian, @Hangnail Hans, @Alden, @Anon

    I noticed a massive red flag after looking at Gates’ list of publications 282 publications. About 14/15ths of them were written with co-authors. However, the vast majority of Gates’ solo authored papers have ZERO citations, meaning they weren’t considered groundbreaking or important by other scholars in the field. The co-authored papers are the ones getting almost all the citations.

    It is not unheard of in academia for a prof to climb the career ladder parasitizing his grad students’ ideas. It may be that students got tired of him getting credit for the students’ work and complained to the administration, which got him pushed out.

    • Replies: @Unladen Swallow
    @Anon

    I think his popularity is mainly a function of being pretty much the only black theoretical physicist working in string theory or M-theory ( which is what I believe string theory is called nowadays ). I remember perusing Brian Greene's popular work, who is a younger Jewish-American theorist involved in string theory who has a written a bunch of books on it, and noticed that Gates was never mentioned once in his first book in the index, even though he was featured in some PBS special about the book, all the other people interviewed for the program were cited many times.

    The same with all of Greene's books, not one mention of him in any of them, despite the fact that Greene is your typical very liberal Jewish academic who I am sure would tout him if he thought his work was important to the field. Additionally there have books on string theory written by other practitioners of that theory that I can find no mention in of Gates in of those books either. Lisa Randall is a highly cited female physicist working in string theory and can find no mention of him in her books either, nor books by Leonard Susskind, who is one of the founders of string theory and wrote a book about how he proved Stephen Hawking wrong over some point about black holes, none of his books once mention Gates even once.

  63. @astrolabe
    In a normally distributed population with mean 85 and standard deviation 15, the highest value would be expected to be about 167.

    Replies: @Rob

    Keep in mind that the black standard deviation is smaller. It’s around 12 if I remember right. That’s somewhat surprising, as one would expect a mix of populations to have a larger σ, especially when the parental populations have different means.

    Approximating that IQ is built by a finite number of genes with alleles that increase or decrease IQ on “top” of a basic human brain that does not differ all that much between populations, though for every allele that is fixed, n is smaller for that population. Taking p as the probability of the + allele, we can model IQ as the sum of trials of a binomial variable! I’m too lazy to do math or look up anything but the occasional simple equation, but we can probably learn something.

    The standard deviation of the sum of a series of “coin flips” increases as the number of flips increases, though more slowly. The internet informs me that the standard deviation of the sum of binomial variables is:

    σ = sqrt(p(1 – p)*n)

    Where p is the probability of the “coin” coming up 1 and n is the number of “coin” flips. p(1-p) has minima at 1 and 0, with a maximum at p = 0.5.

    If we assume that blacks have fewer copies of the +IQ alleles, so p is smaller, ie. They tend to be nearer fixation for the -IQ allele or they have fewer genes with variant alleles that affect IQ, so n is smaller.

    It seems unlikely that blacks could have a smaller n, given that they had white admixture not that long ago. Not much could have been selected to zero. They could have started with fewer genes with extant alleles that influence IQ.

    That depends on + allele frequency in whites being closer to 0.5 than in blacks. We should be able to tell this from GWAS, but I don’t know. Does anyone know GWAS well enough? This depends on + versions being closer to 0.5 frequency in whites than they are in blacks.

    I feel like a dumb La Griffe du Lion. We should expect both the mean and standard deviation of IQ to vary between different populations! I dunno if no one has made this case before, but it’s news to me, and I’ve been hanging around the HBD-sphere for a long time.

  64. @Paperback Writer
    To Physicist Dave: is this guy for real?

    Obviously, he's got real chops. But is he a mere Gell-Mann type genius, or a Feynman-magician? Or a solid journeyman?

    Replies: @tyrone, @Alden, @Roger

    Gell-Mann and Feynman worked on understanding the physical world. Gates worked in areas that have no known relation to anything observable.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @Roger

    So how does anyone know if he's legit or not?

  65. Doesn’t Gates’ own career rather put a doubt on his new scholarship plan to help “historically” disadvantaged persons?

    He didn’t need such “help” and neither would anyone else actually talented.

    If some poor white kid (White!) from West Virginia gets one of these gifts (parents in prison, etc.) then we’ll know if this is just another disguised anti White racist effort or not.

    Of course if it’s his own money or private funds, not my business.

    I get pretty tired of black racist (Black!) TV shows, networks, scholarships, colleges, awards (Plaques for Blacks!) and other special set asides based on skin color.

    It is somehow “racist” to note the open single race racism of these things. Were they dedicated only to Whites (as say, 100 years ago) they would be harshly condemned by the same people now lauding them.

    • Replies: @Prester John
    @Muggles

    Spot-on Muggles but, speaking for myself, I have long since passed the point of being just "pretty" tired of watching people trying to square a circle. It's too close to the classic definition of insanity,

  66. Would you want to be in the vicinity of a particle collider being operated by one of these guys?

    Wonder if Chernobyl was actually caused by an overpromoted Chechen.

  67. @Justvisiting
    @Hibernian

    I spent many of my earlier years in life at an "elite" prep school, an "elite" college, and an "elite" graduate program.

    I did not encounter one black student I would classify as truly brilliant--not one.

    There were a few that were average for the class, but most were blatant affirmative action admissions that did not belong there.

    In my work life of decades I never met one truly brilliant black person--again not one--and I worked in some environments where blacks were represented at a higher percentage than the general population.

    Mentoring at Howard in theoretical physics is a truly thankless task--it is like going to a horse farm and trying to train Unicorns.

    Replies: @Abolish_public_education, @The Germ Theory of Disease

    [During my long life] I did not encounter one black .. I would classify as truly brilliant–not one.

    In my long, insular, politically painful life, I knew one. He was also very anti-AA. He ultimately became a professor at an HBC.

    how can physicists claim to understand the lived experience of black body radiation when few have black bodies?

    Only the vertically challenged can truly understand the quantum realm.

    Gates narrated a ballet “The Elegant Universe”, where he gave a public presentation of the artistic forms connected to his scientific research

    The collaborative stuff between science and dance, college professors is truly awful and pretentious. For that matter, politics and music don’t mix well, either. I once heard a symphony performance of Copland’s Portrait of Lincoln, narrated by a 2nd-tier famous, totally crooked, black preacher. Disgusting. I do, however, like Beethoven’s Fifth.

    Caltech is unusual in that its TAs are a mix of graduate students and professors

    I’ll bet. The typical, State U teaching situation a bad joke. The TAs are exclusively foreigners with horrible, English language skills. The profsters limit their teaching “burden” to collaborating with a hand-picked group of graduate students. Sorry, standing up in front of a cavernous lecture hall, before hundreds of 101-levels (at U TX, > 1,000?!), doesn’t count (though of course we know even that task — an insult to taxpayers — has been largely outsourced to lecturers.)

  68. @Muggles
    Doesn't Gates' own career rather put a doubt on his new scholarship plan to help "historically" disadvantaged persons?

    He didn't need such "help" and neither would anyone else actually talented.

    If some poor white kid (White!) from West Virginia gets one of these gifts (parents in prison, etc.) then we'll know if this is just another disguised anti White racist effort or not.

    Of course if it's his own money or private funds, not my business.

    I get pretty tired of black racist (Black!) TV shows, networks, scholarships, colleges, awards (Plaques for Blacks!) and other special set asides based on skin color.

    It is somehow "racist" to note the open single race racism of these things. Were they dedicated only to Whites (as say, 100 years ago) they would be harshly condemned by the same people now lauding them.

    Replies: @Prester John

    Spot-on Muggles but, speaking for myself, I have long since passed the point of being just “pretty” tired of watching people trying to square a circle. It’s too close to the classic definition of insanity,

  69. he is now the Brown Theoretical Physics Center Director

    This is hard to parse.

    It’s obvious that Gates is pretty Brown.

    He’s a Director of a center, so he’s ipso factoa Brown Director. Perhaps there’s only one AA directorship on the Board, which would make him the Brown Director.

    Also perhaps the Center is in a Brown building.

    And in Clown World there is probably such a thing as Brown Theoretical Physics.

    Brown is a weird word when you look at it too often.

    Not as weird as ‘being’, though. ‘Being’ looks more fucked-up, the more you look at it.

  70. MIT OCW (open course ware) QM class ….note class 1 has ~ 600K views whereas by end of semester the view count is 10K…..https://www.youtube.com/watch?

    v=jANZxzetPaQ&list=PLUl4u3cNGP60cspQn3N9dYRPiyVWDd80G

    2) MIT OCW Chemistry with Professor Sadoway….this is the largest 1st year enrollment that MIT records…~550 students. Sadoway is a compelling teacher and watching it was enjoyable as I had a solid background in the material

    watched most of it …… in at least one lecture , Sadoway displays a midterm student grade results via a bar graph and one can see the n0n -normal distribution. Sadoway notes that many students are not trying at all, don’t attend tutorials, office hours. Hence, quite a few appear to be failing……..

    2-2)there are some camera views allowing one to see the demographics of the class , or those who attend anyways

    2-3) view count from lecture 1 (~350K) declines to ~ 35K

  71. @Steve Sailer
    @Whereismyhandle

    You'll notice that I have no opinion whatsoever on string theory other than it's over my head.

    Replies: @Whereismyhandle, @Dingo bay rum, @Bardon Kaldian, @G. Poulin

    Strings that are over somebody’s head are called “nooses”, at least in theory.

  72. @Hangnail Hans
    @Anon


    MIT to the University of Maryland to Howard University.

    After that, a 2-year city college somewhere? Then a high school?
     

    The biggest step downward was the first.


    Bathos definition: a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Bathos definition: a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace.

    Actually, John Quincy Adams and William Howard Taft stepped “down” after their presidential to “lesser” positions. They deserve our respect for that.. Beats founding a personal “library” nobody visits.

    I can’t wait for Kamala to take office. Nothing would deflate the Presidency and its arrogance more.

    • Replies: @Rob McX
    @Reg Cæsar

    Kamala has already gone down.

    , @Ralph L
    @Reg Cæsar

    Nothing would deflate the Presidency and its arrogance more.

    Give Biden more time. Kamala will seem like an upgrade soon.

    , @Russ
    @Reg Cæsar


    Actually, John Quincy Adams and William Howard Taft stepped “down” after their presidential to “lesser” positions. They deserve our respect for that.. Beats founding a personal “library” nobody visits.

    I can’t wait for Kamala to take office. Nothing would deflate the Presidency and its arrogance more.
     

    The Taftmeister became Chief Justice of SCOTUS, no? Quite the lateral move, and I dare say he couldn't underperform John "There'll be riots!" Roberts in that role. Harris as president would parallel Roberts as CJ. [Cue Harris cackle.]

    Replies: @Ralph L

  73. @Reg Cæsar
    @Hangnail Hans


    Bathos definition: a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace.
     
    Actually, John Quincy Adams and William Howard Taft stepped "down" after their presidential to "lesser" positions. They deserve our respect for that.. Beats founding a personal "library" nobody visits.

    I can't wait for Kamala to take office. Nothing would deflate the Presidency and its arrogance more.

    Replies: @Rob McX, @Ralph L, @Russ

    Kamala has already gone down.

  74. I don’t understand string theory

    The media made a big deal about Garrett LisI when he wrote a paper arguing against string theory. They portrayed him as some blonde beach bum surfer who somehow figured physics out despite his airhead surfer mystique.

    It was a good story but the reality was a bit more boring

  75. You can’t just be black and brilliant. You have to be shitlibs’ kind of negro.

    Were this not so Thomas Sowell would be considered a national treasure.

    Sowell deserves the Medal of Freedom a hell of a lot more than Joke biden does.

    • Replies: @CCZ
    @Sick of Orcs

    Black Brilliance: Nobel Prize Economist!!!!

    https://twitter.com/lporiginalg/status/1467336554741829633

  76. @Roger
    @Paperback Writer

    Gell-Mann and Feynman worked on understanding the physical world. Gates worked in areas that have no known relation to anything observable.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    So how does anyone know if he’s legit or not?

  77. About 20 years ago I happened to attend his lecture at our university.
    It was well delivered, but what killed it for me was that he provided
    no experimental evidence for his model. Call me old-fashioned but I
    still expect physicists to make predictions and compare them with
    empirical data. I want to see graphs with error bars. None were
    provided. Of course, knowing that his work was in supersymmetry
    and string theory, I was prepared to be disappointed. Feynman,
    before he died in 1988, was already saying “String theorists don’t
    make predictions, they make excuses.” Historically speaking,
    probably the main reason why so many young physicists jumped
    on the string theory bandwagon was that in 1984 Ed Witten,
    winner of the Fields medal (Math Nobel), suddenly dropped everything
    else and started devoting his considerable talents to the topic.
    But that’s the thing – string theories are a fascinating topic for
    mathematicians, but they are not science, and nobody knows
    how to turn them into science.

    • Agree: Dingo bay rum
  78. The world chess championship is underway, and black grandmaster Maurice Ashley is handling the master of ceremonies job for the tv coverage. There are around 1700 grandmasters, and 3 are black. Chess is a perfect meritocracy, one of the few remaining outside of sports. You can diversify the announcer part, but that’s all.

    Btw, Magnus, the world champ, won a 7.5-hour game yesterday.

  79. Forget about testable predictions. Even without any reference to
    empirical evidence, string theories have many internal problems.
    What we have so far is several computable terms in the perturbation
    expansion for some unknown theory (often called M theory – M for
    matrix or for mystery if you prefer) which lives in a background
    spacetime of 10 space and 1 time dimensions. There are about 10 to the
    power of 500 ways that those extra seven dimensions can be curled up
    (compactified) into ordinary spacetime, so effectively we have
    10 to the power of 500 possible predictions, each constituting
    a universe.

    When a theory makes so many predictions they cannot be
    falsified, physicists sometimes refer to this as the Alice’s
    Restaurant problem, a reference to the refrain of the Arlo
    Guthrie song, “You can get everything you want at Alice’s
    Restaurant.” Mathematicians love Calabi-Yau manifolds
    /(10+1)-dimensional vacua/, physicists not so much.

  80. @Intelligent Dasein

    Seriously, I presume that “minoritized” is used analogously to the more common term “racialized,” which I would guess is chosen to square the circle of the dogma of race not existing but also with the reality of the woke being obsessed with race: blacks aren’t a race, instead they are racialized by Society.
     
    No, I think they're just using "minoritized" because that would include not only racial minorities but any other fringe identity group, such as LGBT, the disabled, etc.

    Replies: @Jon, @CCZ

    “No, I think they’re just using “minoritized” because that would include not only racial minorities but any other fringe identity group, such as LGBT, the disabled, etc.”

    Like below????

    • Replies: @G. Poulin
    @CCZ

    Well, if I absolutely have to pick one of those babes, I guess I'll take the skinny one in the wheelchair.

  81. We must not forget that string theories were developed during
    1984-2003. Why is this important? Because this means that
    the radical predictions made by the string theories, such as
    1. Higher dimensions beyond spacetime (10 or 11 dimensions
    are required); 2. Supersymmetric partners of ordinary particles
    (selectrons, squarks, gluinos etc); 3. Microscopic black holes etc,
    were all hallucinated, as I like to call it, before the Large Hadron
    Collider in Geneva began its first run in 2009, testing some of
    those predictions experimentally. It’s like we witnessed the
    hypothetico-deductive method, presumably the foundation of
    science, going wild with no limit on extravagant hypothesis
    making. In the absence of empirical data before the LHC, it’s as if
    the theorists were in a sensory deprivation tank and started
    hallucinating. The more outrageous the hypothesis the better.
    If you are wrong, nobody will remember it, but if you’re right
    you’ll be hailed as a genius – someone who’s been granted access
    to the Mind of God, and you’d better start planning a trip to
    Stockholm.

    So where do we stand now, after two runs of data taking at
    the LHC (second one ended in 2018)? So far there is no sign
    of any supersymmetric particle or higher dimensions. No gluinos
    for you! Physicists who may have devoted 20-30 years of their life
    to supersymmetry or strings are seeing their careers going up
    in smoke. Partly in jest, any department that still harbors string
    theorists should be referred to as “Department of Hallucinatory
    Physics.”

    Even worse, physics has lost a lot of its prestige due to the string theory
    fiasco. Theoretical physicists are increasingly seen as silly people, not to
    be taken seriously, and physics as a profession is going the way of grape
    picking – best left to people with fewer choices in life, e.g., immigrants.
    John Horgan, columnist for Scientific American and author of “The
    End of Science” (1996), put it succinctly several years ago. He said,
    “Physics has lost its fizz.”

    • Agree: Dingo bay rum
  82. @Anon
    @Anon

    I noticed a massive red flag after looking at Gates' list of publications 282 publications. About 14/15ths of them were written with co-authors. However, the vast majority of Gates' solo authored papers have ZERO citations, meaning they weren't considered groundbreaking or important by other scholars in the field. The co-authored papers are the ones getting almost all the citations.

    It is not unheard of in academia for a prof to climb the career ladder parasitizing his grad students' ideas. It may be that students got tired of him getting credit for the students' work and complained to the administration, which got him pushed out.

    Replies: @Unladen Swallow

    I think his popularity is mainly a function of being pretty much the only black theoretical physicist working in string theory or M-theory ( which is what I believe string theory is called nowadays ). I remember perusing Brian Greene’s popular work, who is a younger Jewish-American theorist involved in string theory who has a written a bunch of books on it, and noticed that Gates was never mentioned once in his first book in the index, even though he was featured in some PBS special about the book, all the other people interviewed for the program were cited many times.

    The same with all of Greene’s books, not one mention of him in any of them, despite the fact that Greene is your typical very liberal Jewish academic who I am sure would tout him if he thought his work was important to the field. Additionally there have books on string theory written by other practitioners of that theory that I can find no mention in of Gates in of those books either. Lisa Randall is a highly cited female physicist working in string theory and can find no mention of him in her books either, nor books by Leonard Susskind, who is one of the founders of string theory and wrote a book about how he proved Stephen Hawking wrong over some point about black holes, none of his books once mention Gates even once.

    • Agree: notsaying
    • Thanks: TruthRevolution.net
  83. @Reg Cæsar
    @Hangnail Hans


    Bathos definition: a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace.
     
    Actually, John Quincy Adams and William Howard Taft stepped "down" after their presidential to "lesser" positions. They deserve our respect for that.. Beats founding a personal "library" nobody visits.

    I can't wait for Kamala to take office. Nothing would deflate the Presidency and its arrogance more.

    Replies: @Rob McX, @Ralph L, @Russ

    Nothing would deflate the Presidency and its arrogance more.

    Give Biden more time. Kamala will seem like an upgrade soon.

  84. @Achmed E. Newman

    It’s almost as if America really likes a smart black guy.
     
    He's got to be a pretty smart black guy. He may even be a really smart black guy. How can we trust that a really smart White guy shouldn't have been in all those positions and had all those honors instead of Professor Gates? Affirmative Action has made it to where you may never really know and can't trust that this guy is really the smart guy he's cracked up to be. Too bad for him ... probably.

    Replies: @International Jew, @usNthem, @Hypnotoad666

    “even the dimmest string theorist is still a genius …”

    I’d be inclined to go the other way and say that the most brilliant string theorist is still a useless dolt. It’s like being the world’s leading expert on astrology, or on how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

  85. @Reg Cæsar
    @Hangnail Hans


    Bathos definition: a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace.
     
    Actually, John Quincy Adams and William Howard Taft stepped "down" after their presidential to "lesser" positions. They deserve our respect for that.. Beats founding a personal "library" nobody visits.

    I can't wait for Kamala to take office. Nothing would deflate the Presidency and its arrogance more.

    Replies: @Rob McX, @Ralph L, @Russ

    Actually, John Quincy Adams and William Howard Taft stepped “down” after their presidential to “lesser” positions. They deserve our respect for that.. Beats founding a personal “library” nobody visits.

    I can’t wait for Kamala to take office. Nothing would deflate the Presidency and its arrogance more.

    The Taftmeister became Chief Justice of SCOTUS, no? Quite the lateral move, and I dare say he couldn’t underperform John “There’ll be riots!” Roberts in that role. Harris as president would parallel Roberts as CJ. [Cue Harris cackle.]

    • Replies: @Ralph L
    @Russ

    The correct title (from the Constitution) is Chief Justice of the United States, not of SCOTUS.

  86. @Russ
    @Reg Cæsar


    Actually, John Quincy Adams and William Howard Taft stepped “down” after their presidential to “lesser” positions. They deserve our respect for that.. Beats founding a personal “library” nobody visits.

    I can’t wait for Kamala to take office. Nothing would deflate the Presidency and its arrogance more.
     

    The Taftmeister became Chief Justice of SCOTUS, no? Quite the lateral move, and I dare say he couldn't underperform John "There'll be riots!" Roberts in that role. Harris as president would parallel Roberts as CJ. [Cue Harris cackle.]

    Replies: @Ralph L

    The correct title (from the Constitution) is Chief Justice of the United States, not of SCOTUS.

  87. @Oleg Panczenko
    Dr Gates' Curriculum Vitae is at http://www.umdphysics.umd.edu/images/CV/gates_cv.pdf. Appendix B (pgs 23-36) lists 194 published research papers.

    Replies: @GeologyAnon Mk 3

    Thanks. He is first author on a good number of the research papers he lists on his CV, and a good chunk of his first author publications seem to be focused on real, robust research although the most recent was 10 years ago and he has mountains of equity crap polluting what seems to be a very respectable and impressive record as a researcher.

  88. So, is it the fellowships that are theoretical, or the candidates that are theoretical, or is it really the physics that are theoretical?

  89. @Whereismyhandle
    Gates is literally the *only* black who can compete at the highest levels of math and physics as far as I'm aware.

    He made his bones in string theory, the highest IQ profession in the world.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @James N. Kennett, @Calvin Hobbes

    Gates is literally the *only* black who can compete at the highest levels of math and physics as far as I’m aware.

    David Blackwell (April 24, 1919 – July 8, 2010) was a great mathematician and a great man.

    https://stat.illinois.edu/news/2020-07-17/david-h-blackwell-profile-inspiration-and-perseverance

    If there ever was another black mathematician who was remotely comparable to David Blackwell, I don’t know who it was.

  90. @Sick of Orcs
    You can't just be black and brilliant. You have to be shitlibs' kind of negro.

    Were this not so Thomas Sowell would be considered a national treasure.

    Sowell deserves the Medal of Freedom a hell of a lot more than Joke biden does.

    Replies: @CCZ

    Black Brilliance: Nobel Prize Economist!!!!

  91. Nietzsche: “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him.”

    Post-empirical physics: Physics is dead. Physics remains dead. And
    the physicists have killed it.

    Theoretical physicists killed physics with their extravagant and
    hallucinatory (or post-empirical) hypothesis making. In the Lakatosian
    sense, fundamental physics shows all the signs of a degenerating research
    program. Lakatos tried to reconcile Kuhn and Popper with his
    idea of progressing research programs replacing Kuhn’s
    concept of paradigms. But then he was criticized by Feyerabend
    who was against the idea that there was such a thing as
    scientific method.

    None of this should be surprising. Alfred North Whitehead
    (1861-1947) predicted this series of developments in his
    process philosophy. The latter posits that biology trumps
    physics, and psychology trumps biology. And indeed – just
    as in the 20th century we lived through the Age of Physics,
    we are now living through the Age of Biology. Except for
    developing powerful microscopes, physics is turning out
    to be of little help in the Age of Pandemics. The reason why is
    not hard to see: physics addresses the lowest level of organizational
    complexity – living cells are much more complex than inert protons.
    Physics is useless because it’s too simple. Therefore we
    are now living in the Age of Biocentrism.

    It’s amazing how much you can deduce from basic philosophy
    (although the idea that biology trumps physics was already
    suggested by the Anthropic Principle in cosmology).
    True geniuses can now be found in biology, no longer
    in physics.

    As someone said, “Philosophy gave birth to the sciences, and
    parental care is still required.”

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
    @Anon 2

    Great comments on Whitehead--and of course what we need is for great psychology.

    What we have now is garbage--and until we get that right it will be impossible for Homo Sapiens to meet its potential.

    Replies: @Anon 2

  92. @Anon 2
    Nietzsche: “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him.”

    Post-empirical physics: Physics is dead. Physics remains dead. And
    the physicists have killed it.

    Theoretical physicists killed physics with their extravagant and
    hallucinatory (or post-empirical) hypothesis making. In the Lakatosian
    sense, fundamental physics shows all the signs of a degenerating research
    program. Lakatos tried to reconcile Kuhn and Popper with his
    idea of progressing research programs replacing Kuhn’s
    concept of paradigms. But then he was criticized by Feyerabend
    who was against the idea that there was such a thing as
    scientific method.

    None of this should be surprising. Alfred North Whitehead
    (1861-1947) predicted this series of developments in his
    process philosophy. The latter posits that biology trumps
    physics, and psychology trumps biology. And indeed - just
    as in the 20th century we lived through the Age of Physics,
    we are now living through the Age of Biology. Except for
    developing powerful microscopes, physics is turning out
    to be of little help in the Age of Pandemics. The reason why is
    not hard to see: physics addresses the lowest level of organizational
    complexity - living cells are much more complex than inert protons.
    Physics is useless because it’s too simple. Therefore we
    are now living in the Age of Biocentrism.

    It’s amazing how much you can deduce from basic philosophy
    (although the idea that biology trumps physics was already
    suggested by the Anthropic Principle in cosmology).
    True geniuses can now be found in biology, no longer
    in physics.

    As someone said, “Philosophy gave birth to the sciences, and
    parental care is still required.”

    Replies: @Justvisiting

    Great comments on Whitehead–and of course what we need is for great psychology.

    What we have now is garbage–and until we get that right it will be impossible for Homo Sapiens to meet its potential.

    • Replies: @Anon 2
    @Justvisiting

    Thank you!

  93. @Justvisiting
    @Hibernian

    I spent many of my earlier years in life at an "elite" prep school, an "elite" college, and an "elite" graduate program.

    I did not encounter one black student I would classify as truly brilliant--not one.

    There were a few that were average for the class, but most were blatant affirmative action admissions that did not belong there.

    In my work life of decades I never met one truly brilliant black person--again not one--and I worked in some environments where blacks were represented at a higher percentage than the general population.

    Mentoring at Howard in theoretical physics is a truly thankless task--it is like going to a horse farm and trying to train Unicorns.

    Replies: @Abolish_public_education, @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Back when I was a student at Most Prestigious University, I knew four or five black fellow students who I would classify as “brilliant” — but they were all brilliant within an arts/performative context, and they all had serious eff-ed up behavioral problems. In my actual classes of Difficult Intellectual Stuff, I never even saw a single black student, let alone a brilliant one.

  94. @CCZ
    @Intelligent Dasein

    "No, I think they’re just using “minoritized” because that would include not only racial minorities but any other fringe identity group, such as LGBT, the disabled, etc."

    Like below????

    https://twitter.com/lporiginalg/status/1467256746175451139

    Replies: @G. Poulin

    Well, if I absolutely have to pick one of those babes, I guess I’ll take the skinny one in the wheelchair.

  95. @Paperback Writer
    This is for Physicist Dave.

    Is this Gates guy the real deal, or is he over-promoted? I imagine he's got to have some real chops, but is he a Feynman-type magician, or even just a genius?

    Replies: @glib, @Mike Tre, @Truth

    No, his IQ, is I would guess 8-10 points over the African-American mean.

  96. @Mr. Anon
    Physics is so............20th century. Who really cares anymore?

    We've entered the Metaverse, baby! Humans are now limited only by their bandwidth.

    Replies: @Intelligent Dasein, @Truth

    Humans are now limited only by their bandwidth.

    You’re kinda like the 4th most-powerful AM station in Okmulgee, OK, Grasshopper.

  97. @usNthem
    @Achmed E. Newman

    This is the typical big fuss made over the one black who happens good at something dozens, hundreds or thousands of Whites would excel at. It’s all so tiresome.

    Replies: @Truth

    A “white nationalist” is the one who “made a big fuss” about it, on a white nationalist website, and will garner hundreds of responses.

    Otherwise you would never have heard of him.

  98. @Justvisiting
    @Anon 2

    Great comments on Whitehead--and of course what we need is for great psychology.

    What we have now is garbage--and until we get that right it will be impossible for Homo Sapiens to meet its potential.

    Replies: @Anon 2

    Thank you!

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