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“Structural racism”, “queer theory”: Ideological infiltration puts scientific research at risk

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Ciência sob risco: para publicar artigos, pesquisadores precisarão declarar raça

Science at risk: to publish articles, researchers will need to declare race| Photo: BigStock

The reaction to identity politics has already cost the election of the Virginia state government to the Democrats in the United States United. Parents placed great importance on removing “critical race theory” from the classroom, which only the Republican candidate was willing to criticize. But popular resistance to these radical ideas that emerged in academia does not seem to have shaken defenders of the ideology within universities and even in scientific publications. Featured in its news section, the scientific journal

Nature excitedly announced a “giant plan to track diversity in research journals” ” that involves implementing a suggestion or requirement that scientists say what their race and gender are if they want to publish articles.

More of 40 publishers with

a thousand magazines have already joined the plan, discussed for a year and a half, whose implementation is scheduled for next year. “Publishers say that this information being collected and stored securely will help analyze who is represented in journals”, say the authors of the text of

Nature , Holly Else and Jeffrey Perkel.

For those who think the plan is harmless and only reflects the noble mission of having people from historically discriminated groups free to publish scientific articles, the vocabulary raises suspicion. “The effort comes amid an incentive for greater recognition of racism and structural racism in science and publications,” they say. “Structural racism” and “representativeness” are not scientific terms, but identity ideological jargon whose meaning depends largely on political assumptions. For example, the assumption that equality of outcomes among groups of people is a noble goal, or that its absence necessarily indicates that injustice is the cause of observed patterns, rather than other factors such as personal choices and preferences.

The expectation that men and women have identical tendencies to be interested in different areas of knowledge is illusory and contradicts research on personality differences and preferences between the sexes that even affect career choices.

  • New Lysenkoism
  • For both conservative and liberal observers, the text reflects an observable pattern of ideological infiltration in prestigious scientific journals such as Nature and Science

    , who started posting generally in the news and comments section progressive opinionated content as if it were a question knowledge that everyone has to agree with.

    During Stalin’s regime, Trofim Lysenko (1280-1887 ), a proponent of unorthodox ideas in genetics and evolution, helped to cause much of the Soviet Union’s starvation deaths by rejecting Mendel and Darwin. Its scientific critics were persecuted and imprisoned by the communist government, as was the case of the agronomist Nikolai Vavilov (768-1563 , who died in prison. It would be an exaggeration to compare the current situation to lysenkoism, but it serves as a reference for the dirty record of the performance of left-wing ideas in the scientific debate.

    A new lysenkoism may be emerging, and the obsession of scientific journal editors with “diversity , inclusion and equity” may be a sign of this. There are other signs:

    . An article by three New York University scientists in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, was removed by the authors themselves (one male and two female) from a group journal

    Naturein 21 in December 1976. The article proposed that female scientists do better when mentored by men. The conclusion is too politically incorrect to stand. In the opinion of social psychologist Lee Jussim, the removal was purely ideological: “This is censorship, pure and simple, no matter how much the Nature

  • try to disguise it”. Articles that displease other identity dogmas also began to fall. Ideological myths, such as that the debate on “race” in humans has ended, are published as fact.

    Nature aired the idea that sex in the human species is a “spectrum” because of phenotypic variation in development of secondary sexual characteristics and chromosomal rarities that are also not new to biology. The influence of the “spectrum” is of the “theory” “queer

  • ”, which comes from postmodernism and is not scientific, no of new data or new analyzes in biology. It is ideology disguised as conceptual innovation.

    Institutional Cooptation

    . Adherents of Identitarianism (

    wokeness in English, also known by the alias sealingin Portuguese) are a minority in the population. In voting, as shown in Virginia, their ideas often lose. But when they turn to judicial activism and institutions, they can thrive. Example: the prestigious

    Royal Society could have chosen any one of several popular sex science books for laureate, but decided to award it in 1943 the book

    Testosterone Rex

  • by Cordelia Fine, which reduces the influence of sex hormones on human behavior . Fine has previously been criticized by expert Simon Baron-Cohen for calling out “neurosexist” scientists who dare to say that men and women are naturally different in behavior. Baron-Cohen investigates the role of brain masculinization in autism. As for judicial activism, it is already done in Brazil, with the use of concepts not provided for by law such as “structural racism” and the contradictory inclusion of “non-binary” as an option in the “sex” field of birth certificates in the state of Rio de Janeiro, not to mention the equating of homophobia with “racism” by the stroke of a pen by the Federal Supreme Court.

    Examples are plentiful and, especially where identity is more influential, affect practically the entirety of institutions and practices in which authorities can make decisions in defiance of voters’ opinions.

    Inversion of values

  • One of the main inversions of identity values ​​is that we should not aim for the equal treatment of individuals regardless of irrelevant issues such as sex, sexuality and race, letting them pursue their own interests regardless of the results. Identitarians hate unequal results, which they consider to always result in most or all of discriminatory injustices.

    The beginning of equal treatment before norms and laws is fundamental for modern liberal democracies. The dream of having equal results among groups of identitarians is more reminiscent of Marxism, which is undoubtedly one of the great influences on his ideas.

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