Friday, November 12, 2021

Diversity Police come for CalTech

Nature magazine reports:
Human Betterment Foundation (HBF), one of the most prominent eugenics groups of its time, begun in Pasadena in the same decade that Caltech transformed from a sleepy small-town technical school into a science and engineering powerhouse. ...

In June 2020, shortly after the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, student groups including the Socialists of Caltech, a group to which Panangaden belongs, put the spotlight on Caltech’s most famous former president — Nobel-prizewinning physicist Robert Millikan — and his involvement with the Human Betterment Foundation as a trustee. ...

At Caltech, events progressed quickly last year. The institute assigned a committee to investigate its links to eugenics advocacy. And after a months-long process that sometimes pitted students against administrators, leaders decided in January to remove Millikan’s name and several others from prominence on campus. This week, they announced some of the names that will replace them.

It’s a meaningful move for Panangaden, who identifies as multiracial and disabled. “I find it important to rename the buildings just because I don’t want to have that constant reminder that the people who built this institution didn’t want me to be there, and didn’t even want me to exist.”

But she says it would be a hollow effort without further steps to address the institution’s diversity gaps.

I am not going to defend forced sterilization, but what does that have to do with George Floyd, affirmative action quotas, and a student identifying as socialist/multiracial/Indian/disabled/female?

Perhaps in another century, forced sterilization will be seen as morally similar to vaccination mandates or child support. So will today's scientists be eventually canceled if they advocated vax mandates?

Millikan was a great physicist, and a CalTech pioneer. He had no power to force any medical procedure on anyone. If he expressed some opinions about some proposed laws, why should anyone care now?

The worse accusation against Millikan is that he allowed his name on this pamphlet. The opinions expressed appear to be sincere policy suggestions to make the world better for everyone. It says:

There can be no question that a very large portion of feeblemindedness is due to inheritance. The same is tru of mental disease
This is true, but people do not like to admit it. I think the critics of this pamphlet ought to explain exactly where is goes wrong. I have my own opinions, but I suspect that the leftist critics have other issues, and would rather not spell them out.

This weirdo students dig this stuff up as an excuse to make childish demands.

1 comment:

  1. There is more than one kind of inheritance. If your parents had poor living habits, were lazy, and taught you the same, it can be said you inherited a bad upbringing. Monkey see, monkey do, much like all people who ever drew breath since the beginning of time.

    To be woke is to be a pathetic ignorant brat with a sledge hammer who thinks if they demolish enough of the world that offends them that they will still have a pot to piss in at the end of their zealous labors. They will be in for an unpleasant surprise.

    Truth is, everyone in history is offensive in one way or another to someone else from another time and place, especially to the immature and ignorant. Silly children who wish to think themselves virtuous paragons by destroying all they think flawed is nothing new, but encouraging it as acceptable behavior is.