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Racist Botanist would be a good name for a band.

From the Associated Press:

College cites ‘scientific racism,’ renames Linnaeus building

2 hours ago
ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) —

A private college in Minnesota has renamed its arboretum that honored an 18th-century Swedish botanist who has been criticized for classifying humans in a way now seen as racist, school officials said Tuesday.

The popular greenspace at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, located about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of the Twin Cities, has been known as the “Linnaeus Arboretum” since 1988. It recognized Carl Linnaeus, who popularized a system of classifying living things and divided them into the animal, plant and mineral kingdoms.

The father of modern taxonomy, Linnaeus was a scientific giant:

Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau sent him the message: “Tell him I know no greater man on earth.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote: “With the exception of Shakespeare and Spinoza, I know no one among the no longer living who has influenced me more strongly.”

Yeah, but what did Rousseau and Goethe know? Back to the science denialist 21st Century:

Recently, though, Linnaeus has been criticized for his 18th century book “Systema Naturae,” in which he classified four varieties of human, largely based on skin color and geography, which became the basis for scientific racism.

“Gustavus has historically sought to build an inclusive and just community,” said Scott Anderson, chairman of the college’s board of trustees. “In recent years, and especially since George Floyd’s murder, we have strengthened our efforts to pay attention to underrepresented voices and discovered how painful Linnaeus’ name and legacy are for some of our students and visitors.” …

Uhhhmm … This sounds a little Lutheran-centrist. My impression is that while it appeals to Swedish guilt to believe that numerous African-Americans are psychologically oppressed by the name and legacy of Swedish scientists, that’s not really high on the list of black problems. White executives who say things like this should be asked to quote three rap lyrics complaining about Linnaeus.

This story has been corrected to show that the chairman of the board of trustees at Gustavus Adolphus College is Scott Anderson, not Mark Anderson. It also corrects that Carl Linnaeus was Swedish, not Swiss.

Whooping crane (Grus americana in the binomial nomenclature system established by Linneaus), whooping cough, what’s the difference?

Enlightenment geniuses like Linnaeus were so stupid for categorizing races based on something as skin-deep as skin. If they lived today, they’d know that what really counts is hair.

 
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  1. Polistra says:

    How dare someone in the 1700s notice that people had different skin colors? I say we cancel that whole century.

    • Agree: Charon
  2. Mr. Grey says:

    Are we sure this isn’t just another example of the Norwegian-Swedish rivalry, and not a cancelling of an dead white man? Any evidence of Norwegians behind this move?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  3. watziw says:

    Cancelling Darwin by woke people will create strange bedfellows (like the olde alliance between bootleggers, baptists and women…): woke antifa and fudamentalist christians marching together: Maybe sometime we will see “progressive” students wearing the t-shirt from the movie “Paul”: https://www.tvstoreonline.com/products/paul-movie-evolve-this-jesus-shooting-darwin-t-shirt

    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
  4. anonymous[271] • Disclaimer says:

    In retrospect a few Televangelists briefly trying the ‘Darwinism is racism’ strategy in the mid 2000s probably bought Charles another ten years, just by making the Left not want to tread there.

    Quick some conservative somewhere say something bad about Newton, because he’s hanging on by a thread.

    • LOL: Liza, El Dato
    • Replies: @Stan Adams
  5. This makes no sense. I thought the Smart Fraction ran everything? Racial loyalty means nothing, right? It’s an anachronism from an age gone by. Time to join the “modern world”.

    And yet, you fellas got your ass kicked on an epic scale. It’s as if self-interested rats can’t make a sustainable society. As if you need pro-social loyalty based on an actual people. As if some sense of group loyalty and preference for your own people is the beginning of morality for a social species.

    • Agree: Bardon Kaldian
    • Thanks: Stan d Mute, 3g4me
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  6. I think “Racist Arboretum” is catchier.

  7. I am nearly (well, in interest of prurience I wont say what I am nearly doing), er, um. You can perhaps read between my lines.

    In any case, the schadenfreude is orgasmic.

    You all ignored Detriot (the economic engine of your Nation) and laughed at us. You mocked us. Relentlessly. Every night on TelAviVision I saw you laughing at me and my Brothers (and our children). “Ha Ha!” You all laughed.

    Excuse me for my lack of compassion as you all experience my life. Excuse me when I laugh at you for whining that your son now wears a dress and your daughter has dumped a mulatto on your pathetic Boomer ass.

    You COMPLETELY lacked fidelity with ME. You MOCKED me and all my Brothers. You ignored me when I cried out about being a Refugee from Detriot.

    Enjoy your future. You have earned it. Good and hard.

    • Replies: @Undisclosed
  8. AndrewR says:

    George Floyd was not murdered. But we owe him a debt for helping to expose just how demonic and rotten this empire is. I hope he’s breathing well wherever he is now.

    • LOL: Bardon Kaldian
    • Replies: @Tony massey
  9. I think “Racist Arboretum” is catchier.

    I think they could start out as “Racist Arboretum” and then when they achieve success, change their name to “Racist Botanist”. Then you could say you were into them before they sold out.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  10. @Polistra

    How dare someone in the 1700s notice that people had different skin colors? I say we cancel that whole century.

    Amen Bro! Indeed, how dare anyone look at Nature or Reality and conclude that the JewGod Dogma of “we’re all exactly the same and created in (Jewgod’s) image?

    How dare some bastard cracker abandoned in the negro ghetto question our Pieties (as the economically elite who escaped to Oakland County ordained)? L Brooks Patterson was our “conservative” messiah (okay, maybe Sherpa is more accurate).

    I have had time to organize my life so that my dependents are largely immune from your insanity. My kids have a trust fund. Do yours? My kids will never have a mortgage. Nor will they ever have to work for a negro or negro idolater. And yet if they examine their family photos they will find half their parents’ wedding party was African. Oops!

    Narrative collapse.

    If you haven’t already organized your estate for the protection of your descendants, oh well. Evolution works.

    We might disagree with it, but our disagreement is about as important as the CO2 level in our atmosphere. I can grow massive Cannabis plants with the 1600 ppm CO2 levels in my garden. Put that shit in your stupid Boomer pipes and smoke it. (Wish I could anonymously post pics, I’m proud of my brown thumb gardening!).

    Think for yourselves. Try it. I dare you. I know that you were all the morons I couldn’t figure out in elementary, junior, and high school. (Actually, I hope the readers here are among the minuscule cohort who weren’t imbeciles).

    It’s not so much that we are doomed (h/t Derbyshire) but it’s that our species has a long way to go yet. I’m far from optimistic about the near term future, but remain optimistic about our future in the next 10,000-100,000 years. Nature is our friend. Embrace the bitch and profess your love.

    • Replies: @Anon
  11. @watziw

    Cancelling Darwin by woke people will create strange bedfellows (like the olde alliance between bootleggers, baptists and women…): woke antifa and fudamentalist christians marching together:

    I am saddened that you can’t see the forest for the trees.

    As Ron’s newest blogger has pointed out, your SJW is your XTian evangelist in the

    current year

    . “Rhymes with triggers” indeed.

    Our ancestral gods were exterminated by the Jews. Our ancestral culture was expunged. Our ancestral mores were grafted onto the JewGod mythology and your parents unwittingly indoctrinated YOU. We’re not all equally gifted in discerning the truth and I forgive you for being a tool. But only if you can see the truth when someone (at enormous risk to themselves) schools you.

    After that, if you refuse to see, I have nothing for you.

    How did we get here indeed…

  12. @kaganovitch

    Yes, and along the way they could produce some offensive album art that they will later have to retract.

    (The only problem is, there is no longer any need or place for album art. It’s a pity that.)

  13. We are all racists now.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  14. @AndrewR

    what is your share of this debt?
    You just finding out about it all?

    [MORE]

    I feel for ya. Reminds me of that injun from my youth(actually i think he was Italian but whatever same damn thing) that had that tear running down his cheek when he saw a potato chip bag or something go blowing by him. Yeh sad shit.
    Dude whatever you do don’t look back. It only gets worse with such knowledge, that much is true i can assure you hell it ruined me (made me turn to guys like William h Bonny for a hero, THE Kid had the right idea get your first body under ya by the time your 13 and your set for life and T’kid by god would set this country good in a week says i) yessir made me think…what’s next niggers flying airplanes at the county fair? That’d be great don’t ya think?
    I get that from vonnegutts hocus pocus. See the nigger fly the airplane. Reckon he’ll be remembered for that? Kilgore trout will prolly be remembered longer than vonnegutt i dare say. Innyhoo i go off track at times genuflecting to the current troubles.
    Anyway lemme know what your share of the debt is. If you send a card along with your share it’ll be fine if you sign my name somewhere on it. Don’t write anything faggy like hope you can breathe.
    He got like dozens of fucking statues and I’m sure much property to be re-named George Floyd x so their is that.
    We haven’t even gotten started on the biopic(who do you think should re-enact the Legend) or the books and his name really hasnt even been memorialized into rap…yet. Oh lots and lots of tribute coming big georges way andrewr.
    Of course whatever your share is will be a little more and that’s all that’s ever really mattered in the annals of black White relations…more. Ain’t That right? More.

  15. J says: • Website

    Linneaus based his system on plants’ sex life and wrote in Latin, hiding that it was porn. Noticing human skin color was his lesser sin. But declaring Linnaeus a non-person does not solve the problem. The Arboretum needs to be renamed and celebrate the REAL founder of universal scientific classification who you know was an Afro-Swedish non-binary scientist.Keep us posted.

    • Replies: @Dmon
  16. @R.G. Camara

    Every human being is a racist, just as every member of every species of life on Earth is a “speciesist.” This arises necessarily out of the natural competition of life itself.

    We are now not allowed by the powers that be to behave according to this simple truth, nor to express it. Instead, we are forced to wander around like bubble-headed boobies with balloon hands and club feet.

    My hands just felt like two balloons.
    Now I’ve got that feeling once again.
    This is not who I am.

    • Agree: Rob McX
  17. Pericles says:

    I find it painful that this whatever it is, is naming itself after Gustav Adolf. How about they go for something like the George Floyd and Ilhan Omar College instead?

  18. Americanus

    Red, choleric and straight
    Straight, black and thick hair; gaping nostrils; [freckled] face; beardless chin
    Unyielding, cheerful, free
    Paints himself in a maze of red lines
    Governed by customary right

    Europaeus

    White, sanguine, muscular
    Plenty of yellow hair; blue eyes
    Light, wise, inventor
    Protected by tight clothing
    Governed by rites

    Asiaticus

    Sallow, melancholic, stiff
    Blackish hair, dark eyes
    Stern, haughty, greedy
    Protected by loose garments
    Governed by opinions

    Africanus

    Black, phlegmatic, lazy
    Dark hair, with many twisting braids; silky skin; flat nose; swollen lips; Women [with] elongated labia; breasts lactating profusely.
    Sly, sluggish, neglectful
    Anoints himself with fat
    Governed by choice [caprice]

    then there were monsters:

    The fifth variety of ‘monstrous’ humans included groups which were allegedly shaped by their environment: the Alpini, living high in the mountains, for instance, are ‘small, agile and shy’. In the ‘monstruous’ variety, Linnaeus also placed the Hottentots who according to him were less fertile, owing to the fact that they had only one testicle (hence the name Monorchides), and European girls with artificially constricted waists (‘Juncae puellae abdomine attenuato’).

    https://www.linnean.org/learning/who-was-linnaeus/linnaeus-and-race

    I recall Linnaeus included also the Cynocephali in the taxon of Monsterous Humans …

    and then there was a category of Feral Humans, like Feral (“Wolf”) Children.

    amusing stuff … could there also be something problematic in the name Gustavus Adolphus College

    btw I suspect the Form of government might have a mix up between the Reds and Whites in the article

    • Thanks: S Johnson
    • Replies: @S Johnson
  19. These Woke pygmies make the Red Guards look like saints and scholars. Funny how Trump winning set off an attack of communicable kuru-like brain spongification among the shitlibs. I remember when Germain Greer was an early victim of these hysterical lunatics when she criticised the trans-gender loonies and the implicit misogyny of than insane cult.

  20. First Blonde jokes, and now this. Am I a man and not a brother?

    BTW, seems likely that Scandos discovered the Aztecs, and Quetzalcoatl (often described as a white man with beard who came from the east) was a Viking leader. The plumed serpent is the same as the dragon prow of a boat.

    https://www.medievalists.net/2021/10/italians-north-america-14th-century/

    Further westwards there is another land, named Marckalada, where giants live; in this land, there are buildings with such huge slabs of stone that nobody could build with them, except huge giants. There are also green trees, animals and a great quantity of birds. However, no sailor was ever able to know anything for sure about this land or about its features.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  21. @Buzz Mohawk

    Vinyl is back, Buzz. The local WallyWorld has more vinyl than CDs now.
    But we won’t get really good cover art anymore is sadly probably correct.

  22. @Buzz Mohawk

    From the Department of “The Best Defense is a Good Offense”:

    https://spectatorworld.com/book-and-art/rolling-stones-cancel-themselves-brown-sugar/

    The Spectator (U.K.) piece points out the absurdity of deleting “Brown Sugar” from the Stones’ live sets when so many other tracks merit Current Year excoriation: “Under My Thumb,” “Street Fighting Man,” “Some Girls,” “Satisfaction” and “Let It Bleed” (they missed “Stupid Girl,” “Rocks Off,” “Star Star” and “Bitch,” just to name a few).

    Speaking of “Star Star,” which was probably cancelled because it spoke approvingly of John Wayne:

    Ali McGraw got mad at you
    For givin’ head to Steve McQueen
    Yeah, you and me we made a pretty pair
    Fallin’ through the silver screen

    Honey, I’m up for anything
    I don’t know where to draw the line
    Yeah, I’m takin’ bets that you gonna get
    Mick and Keef before they die.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    , @Ben tillman
  23. @Gary in Gramercy

    “Brown Sugar” has always been one of my favorite songs.

  24. “Carl Linnaeus, who popularized a system of classifying living things and divided them into the animal, plant and mineral kingdoms.”

    What? Some living things are in the mineral kingdom? Name a few such species, please.

    • Replies: @Lurker
  25. Ian Smith says:

    I knew a guy in the early 2000s who was both a Marxist and a young earth creationist Christian who though that Darwin only came up with his ideas to excuse racism. Maybe he was just ahead of the curve!

  26. dearieme says:

    This story … also corrects that Carl Linnaeus was Swedish, not Swiss.

    Bless; the American mastery of geography remains at its traditional level.

  27. White executives who say things like this should be asked to quote three rap lyrics complaining about Linnaeus.

    LOL. This requirement could be tailored and applied to many manifestations of Substitute Savior Syndrome.

  28. The taxonomy is still in Latin … what could be more rayciss than that?

  29. @Buzz Mohawk

    Yesterday Whitlock said Gruden violated the taboo of Big Lips Matter.

  30. @anonymous

    He was a virgin incel.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  31. Jack D says:

    quote three rap lyrics complaining about Linnaeus.

    I ain’t no rapper, my lyrics are in the crapper.

    But I throw down to all: write me three lyrics about Carl.

    I don’t need no beat, I know you ain’t no Amadeus

    Just gimme a rap about that cracker Linnaeus.

  32. usNthem says:
    @Polistra

    Shoot, White European history from 1965 back to the Greeks and Romans needs to be cancelled – gotta blackwash it all away.

  33. Dr. X says:
    @Jack D

    Clearly not an authentic rap lyric. You don’t use the words “ho,” “bitch,” “muthafucka” or “nigga.” Nowhere do you refer to guns, killing “po-leece” or doing time in prison.

    Grade: F

  34. So Linnaeus is being cancelled for recognizing “diversity”?

    So it’s okay for blacks to claim there are differences based on race — “diversity”. But not okay if non-SJWs notice and name differences.

    In the name of inclusion, we are to pretend there are inherent differences, but those differences cannot be the source of disparate outcomes.

    Welcome to the Idiocracy!

  35. How long will it be until the college itself gets renamed? It’s a little questionable having a place named Gustavus Adolphus in the current year. I mean, someone could mistakenly think it was named after the OTHER famous Adolf.

  36. Carl Linnaeus got cancelled for recognizing diversity two centuries too soon?

    Welcome to the Idiocracy!

  37. Dmon says:
    @J

    The Leonard Jeffries Sun People Arboretum.
    The last human taxonomy you’ll ever need (or get).

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

    • Replies: @Bridgeport_IPA
  38. @Jack D

    LOL. Now we know you’re not the old Jewish lawyer in Philly you pretend to be.

    You’re black, sitting on the porch in front of one of those row houses. Either that or you grew up in a broken white home like Eminem.

  39. ‘ “In recent years, and especially since George Floyd’s murder, we have strengthened our efforts to pay attention to underrepresented voices and discovered how painful Linnaeus’ name and legacy are for some of our students and visitors.” …’

    It’s early, but that Linnaeus’ name and legacy is painful to anyone may turn out to be the most improbable assertion I read today.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  40. ‘It also corrects that Carl Linnaeus was Swedish, not Swiss.’

    Is it my imagination, or are mistakes like this rapidly becoming more commonplace?

    • Replies: @Ben tillman
  41. Rob McX says:

    At least Sweden is doing its best to ensure it’ll never produce another Linnaeus.

    • LOL: Buzz Mohawk
  42. J1234 says:

    Uhhhmm … This sounds a little Lutheran-centrist.

    Which brings up a good question: Has Luther been canceled yet? The Lutheran church I attend still speaks glowingly of him on occasion, but I don’t honestly know what the rest of the world thinks. And how long before the FBI puts the Missouri Synod on a domestic terrorist watch list?

  43. @TelfoedJohn

    Well, I started to read what you linked to, and I got as far as this:

    These islands are located so far north that the Polar Star remains behind you, toward the south.

    That is patently ridiculous, since Polaris, the “Polar Star,” is about only one degree south of true north. Earth literally revolves around Polaris, practically, so much that the star is a great navigational aid and astronomical one as well.

    The only way for Polaris to be “behind you” is if you are heading south and are somewhat south yourself already.

    Whoever wrote that should have worked on the Bible, the Talmud, the Koran and the Book of Mormon, because he was full of shit.

  44. J.Ross says:

    >Swedish school
    >Everyone’s named Anderson
    kek. This is the kind of thing that got Linneaus started.

  45. Lurker says:
    @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)

    The popular greenspace at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter

    How long before Gustavus Adolphus and St. Peter are cancelled themselves?

    • Replies: @BB753
  46. Anonymous[421] • Disclaimer says:
    @Loyalty Over IQ Worship

    And yet, you fellas got your ass kicked on an epic scale.

    What are you referring to?

    • Replies: @Ben tillman
  47. BB753 says:
    @Lurker

    It’s a foregone conclusion that all Christian names have to go too. No more Trinity College, St. Peter, etc. We are witnessing the final victory of Enlightenment and freemasonic values and the power structure behind them. It’s the Great Reset, the implementation of the totalitarian technocratic luciferian model.

    • Agree: Mulegino1
    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
  48. El Dato says:
    @Stan Adams

    Yeah, but he could have people hanged by order of the crown. Definitely beats angrily posting on /pol/.

  49. @Anonymous

    Right. Many, if not most, of us have followed his prescription to no avail. I mean, I agree completely with everything he wrote *after* the sentence you quoted.

  50. El Dato says:

    This story has been corrected to show that the chairman of the board of trustees at Gustavus Adolphus College is Scott Anderson, not Mark Anderson. It also corrects that Carl Linnaeus was Swedish, not Swiss.

    I never thought that you might need an Idiocracy Scale, like a Richter Scale.

    This wins a solid 4 on the Idiocracy Scale.

    I hope the original writer commits sudoku, but “shame” and “honor” are no longer even in the dictionary.

    Meanwhile, scientific racism: Beaten hospital-ready by Dagestanis

    ‘They acted like beasts’: MMA coach warns thugs who savagely beat man in Moscow subway assault ‘will learn good & bad in prison’

    A group of men accused of hospitalizing a victim they kicked in the head after he defended a woman on a subway have been condemned by the coach of MMA fighter Magomed Ismailov, who has joined the Kremlin in voicing his disgust.

    A trio of thugs have been charged with attempted murder and threatening police officers following the alleged harrowing incident in Moscow last week, when Roman Kovalev stood up for a woman during an altercation, copping a broken nose and bone under his eye and a cut eyebrow in the violent incident.

    The press secretary of Russian president Vladimir Putin called the perpetrators “scum”, and the mayor of the capital, Sergey Sobyanin, visited Kovalev and pledged financial support for him following an attack by the group identified as Dagestanis.

    Can you see anyone from the administration calling anyone with so much diversity points “scum”?

  51. Gamecock says:

    It’s time to play “Spot the fallacy!”

    Classic presentism fallacy. Judging the past against present standards.

  52. anon[152] • Disclaimer says:

    “quote three rap lyrics complaining about Linnaeus.”

    There aren’t any because blacks can’t figure out how to pronounce “Linnaeus.” I knew one once who couldn’t even pronounce “heroin,” which was much more important to him than “Linnaeus.” He called it “herium.”

  53. anon[152] • Disclaimer says:

    @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY) #25

    “What? Some living things are in the mineral kingdom? Name a few such species, please.”

    Well, there was the “pet rock” craze in the previous century. I don’t know if they were thought to be living except by the girls who owned them, who also might have qualified as being in the mineral kingdom.

  54. In globohomo, there is no such thing as race. How long before the woke declare there is no such thing as species. You are declared virophobic if you take ivermectin.

  55. @Mr. Grey

    Are we sure this isn’t just another example of the Norwegian-Swedish rivalry, and not a cancelling of an dead white man? Any evidence of Norwegians behind this move?

    St Olaf is only 45 miles away. In their review of neighboring Carleton, the Yale Daily News said St Olaf was exactly what you’d expect of a Minnesota college. Gustavus is even more so.

    Fun facts: St Peter, where Gustavus is, lost out to being the state capitol and got the state mental institution instead. When the James Gang raided Northfield, where St Olaf is, the first person killed was a Norwegian who didn’t understand the commands given in Missouri English.

    St Olaf’s posted history starts out with a Canadian-style “land acknowledgement statement”:

    https://wp.stolaf.edu/about/history/

    Gustavus’s announces a 45% male student body, obviously a ploy to attract girls, since it’s well above the average:

    https://gustavus.edu/about/

    • Replies: @Grumpy
    , @Ben tillman
  56. Mulegino1 says:

    There is only one thing the scholar must embrace:

    High Melanin makes the master race.

    Linnaeus did not think so.

    He had to go.

    “At school there is no need for a scientific cracka’!”

    So say BLM and Phi Blasta Kappa.

  57. @Colin Wright

    Colin, new dating system BGF and AGF, goodbye Christ.

  58. @BB753

    BB, not that they wouldn’t do it, but half of California would need to renamed.

    • Replies: @BB753
  59. I am willing to bet serious money that not one percent of black college students would know who Linnaeus was, but on the other hand I could see L’naeus becomining a popular black first name.

    • LOL: Ben tillman
  60. Grumpy says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    It was a Swedish immigrant (Nicholas Gustafson) who was shot and killed during the James Gang raid on the bank in Northfield in 1876. I think he was an innocent bystander outside of the bank when the shooting started. The other townsperson killed was Joseph Lee Heywood, who was working inside the bank. He refused to open the safe.

    St. Olaf’s School had opened in town a couple of years earlier, but there were not many Norwegians in Northfield then.

  61. S Johnson says:
    @A. Hipster

    If you look at the images of the original Latin the word for the Europeans’ government is ‘ritibus’ (rites/rituals). I imagine that what he is emphasising is more like what we would describe as ‘process’ today: procedural commitments, forms, or norms. Like having constitutions, obeying a king or head of state whose appointment is regulated by legislation, participating in elections and supposedly impartial juridical processes, etc. All of those are still pretty characteristic of European majority nations today. ‘Customary right’ for the Indian Americans I would imagine is more like custom: the head of the tribe won’t necessarily be the oldest son of the last one, and he won’t be appointed by free vote, but he will be the chief man and he’ll be respected. Similarly their religious rituals are more based on tradition and memory than formalised rites as in European churches or synagogues.

    The one that perhaps seems strangest to us today is Asian: governed by opinions. But then look at the most developed Asian nations: China, Japan, South Korea; it’s still common to have one party that’s in power almost continuously (whoever the titular head happens to be). The Asian attitude seems to be much more let the people in charge get on with it, less moralistic or legalistic.

    • Replies: @A. Hipster
  62. Ragno says:

    Because he rarely lets irritating people, trends and/or events capsize his laudable equanimity, it’s hard to actually tell when Steve is good and steamed…..except when the bottom-feeders of our age go out of their way to viciously maim and humiliate one of the quiet, learned, generally-inoffensive geniuses upon whose shoulders we all stand.

    James Watson was one, particularly when that great scientist was reduced to auctioning off his Nobel Prize to raise funds. Carl Linnaeus now joins that august list.

    Attaboy, Steve. Let the bastards have it full on when they’ve got it coming. The only thing this entry was missing is a brief clip of you shouting “Pieces of SHIT!!” as you fling your brandy snifter into the fireplace a little too furiously.

    PS: Dead on about “Racist Botanist”, too.

    • Agree: Ben tillman
  63. Anon[347] • Disclaimer says:
    @Stan d Mute

    And yet if they examine their family photos they will find half their parents’ wedding party was African. Oops!

    What do you mean?

  64. @Gary in Gramercy

    Perhaps their most heretical song is Salt of the Earth.

    • Replies: @Sam Malone
  65. @Reg Cæsar

    One of my cousins is a professor at Gustavus Adolphus. God help us.

  66. Richard B says:
    @Polistra

    How Long Left for Darwin?

    How long left for The Unz Review or Steve Sailer?

  67. @Colin Wright

    The whole Spanish-speaking wold makes this mistake. It calls Sweden (Sverige) Suecia.

  68. @Stan d Mute

    I assume it’s the alcohol, right? I imagine that comments written under the influence are under the influence of either uppers like coke/amphetamine or alcohol.

    Some ambien surely but we only notice covfefe comments when made by the president.

    Weed is amazingly common now and I’ve certainly commented under the influence of weed but…

    Well, I don’t know.

    Steve, have you considered offering a poll to your readers like slate star codex does? You don’t have to publish amy details you don’t want to publish especially if you think that bad agents messed with the results but it would be interesting to know:

    How long have you been reading
    What percentage of articles have you read
    Have you commented
    If you have commented while under the influence – check all that apply.

    So Stan, this comment is probably responding to something other than the titular arricle and implies a level of other-mindedness. More like weed than alcohol. Am I right?

    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
  69. Harold says:

    Don’t categorise people of colour by their colour, they hate that!

  70. @Undisclosed

    Really? 400,000 words published over a decade (more under my prior pseudos like WhyT and others before Ron started counting). I don’t think that there is ambiguity. And yet you claim that you are mystified.

    I am what I am. I accept me. I love my people except those who try to tear down what we have built. I love the primitives and am fascinated by their attempts at civilization. I HATE only my own race who are focused on destroying their patrimony. Nothing is more despicable than a lack of gratitude.

  71. @S Johnson

    thanks

    The one that perhaps seems strangest to us today is Asian: governed by opinions.

    it’s strange if we think opinion as an individual, individualistic thing (“everybody has one”), but maybe what Linnaeus means is more like received wisdom,tradition, set of widely held beliefs that require no proof and are not critically questioned, “common sense” as different from the knowledge of the Philosopher

    • Agree: S Johnson
    • Replies: @S Johnson
    , @Anon
  72. S Johnson says:
    @A. Hipster

    That’s a great point. A lot of commentaries on Asia have made the point that objective truth as Europeans think of it is much less of a concept in their philosophies. Rather than dominating nature they tried to live in harmony and continuity with it. See also Buddhism vs. Christianity. One posits a god who lived on earth at a specific time, could have been seen and touched, etc., the other holds that the world is basically an illusion.

    • Replies: @Anon
  73. Anon[315] • Disclaimer says:
    @A. Hipster

    it’s strange if we think opinion as an individual, individualistic thing (“everybody has one”), but maybe what Linnaeus means is more like received wisdom,tradition, set of widely held beliefs that require no proof and are not critically questioned, “common sense” as different from the knowledge of the Philosopher

    Think “rules.”

    Not even common sense.

    • Agree: S Johnson
    • Replies: @A. Hipster
  74. Anon[315] • Disclaimer says:
    @S Johnson

    Rather than dominating nature they tried to live in harmony and continuity with it.

    The Chinese try to live in harmony with nature?

    • Replies: @S Johnson
  75. S Johnson says:
    @Anon

    Yep. Harmony is the great principle of the Chinese worldview.

    • Replies: @S Johnson
  76. S Johnson says:
    @S Johnson

    Xi Jinping would defend his country’s adoption of western technological methods as necessary to reassert the great ordering principle of nature: the destiny of the Middle Kingdom to rule the rest of the world in harmony.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonious_Society

    The Japanese proclaim a new era with the accession of each emperor. The current one is called Reiwa, which translates as ‘Beautiful Harmony’.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  77. @Ben tillman

    “When I search the faceless crowd…they don’t look real to me, in fact they look so strange.”

  78. @Dmon

    Interesting that he was “Assailed for Remarks on Jews” but not a puff of protestation for his bedrock theories about “inferior” whites.

    https://www.nytimes.com/1991/08/07/nyregion/city-college-professor-assailed-for-remarks-on-jews.html

  79. Anonymous[132] • Disclaimer says:
    @S Johnson

    The Chinese will take whatever ideas are useful from the foreigners, slap Chinese names on them, and within a couple of generations forget where they come from.

    This is already happening with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), where practitioners are quietly incorporating western drugs and procedures into their treatments – but without informing their patients – who believe these are just ancient cures of their ancestors unchanged for millennia. TCM is therefore becoming more, not less, popular as China industrializes, and you will find few Chinese who doubt it is superior to any foreign medical system.

    • Replies: @S Johnson
  80. Gamecock says:

    As a biologist deeply immersed in taxonomy, I can report that this action means nothing. Linneuas references continue to abound.

    I suspect that Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter has done some clever marketing, putting out contemporary nonsense to attract attention. And it has worked. Cirrusly, I had never heard of Gustavus Adolphus College before. Nor St. Peter, Minn.

  81. S Johnson says:
    @Anonymous

    The Chinese are the most unreconstructedly chauvinist people I have come across.

  82. @Anon

    what is “common sense” … if you read the Wikipedia article on “common sense” it’s not clear what is exactly meant by it …

    but I used it in the sense of accepted principles (We hold these truths to be self evident) held by those who are not professional philosophers questioning everything.

    What I’m worried about Chairman Xi is that he could make the same mistake as America, thinks the internal problems come from outside..

    like he goes too Yang …

    he should think how everything already existed in China like thousands years ago , Lao Tzu/Taoism as a slacker lifestyle , anarchism etc ; animal “rights”, vegetarianism and ecology in Buddhism etc

    more Jing please

    of course this is said from the outside position that is just low info prejudices basically.

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