Archive for May, 2017

American Jim Crow Racism Inspires the Nazis

May 22, 2017

by David Swanson Writer, Dandelion Salad Let’s Try Democracy, April 21, 2017 April 23, 2017 James Q. Whitman’s new book is called Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law. It is understated and overdocumented, difficult to argue with. No doubt some will try.

via How U.S. Race Laws Inspired Nazis by David Swanson — Dandelion Salad


Academia run a-mock: The “conceptual penis” satire is taken seriously by a so-called “high quality” peer reviewed journal

May 21, 2017

It’s been 21 years since physicist Alan Sokal submitted a bogus paper to a special “Science Wars” issue of the cultural studies journal Social Text. His paper, “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity“, maintained that quantum gravity was a social construct, using many bizarre quotes from postmodern scholars to make its case. Almost immediately […]

via A new academic hoax: a bogus paper on “the conceptual penis” gets published in a “high quality peer-reviewed” social science journal — Why Evolution Is True

The Scopes Trial: Suppressing the Right to Teach Science in the Name of Religion

May 14, 2017

Scientific American recently made its January, 1959 issue available free to the public, but you have to go through a complex procedure of registering, ordering it for $ 0.00, and then downloading it when your order is accepted. Reader Barry has done the work for us and sent me a pdf of the issue. The […]

via Free article on the Scopes Trial — Why Evolution Is True

Academic Research Gone Nuts!

May 10, 2017

I’ve written about dumb papers connecting Halloween pumpkins and Pilates with racism, and about how “feminist glaciology” could expel patriarchy from geology, but the paper I’m about to highlight takes the cake. First, two preliminary comments: 1.) I have never been so ashamed to be an academic, and 2.) This paper is the kind of “scholarship” that is making […]

via More academic madness: Published feminist analysis of squirrel diets and reproduction shows that squirrels, like marginalized human groups, are otherized, gendered, and fat-shamed — Why Evolution Is True