“when acting on behalf of Science, we scientists have a responsibility to stick as much as possible to reality, evidence, reason, logic, etc.; however strongly we personally feel about political or moral issues.”
This is exactly the right attitude. Science overrules political ideology.
The College Fix reports:
Scientists must not ‘cower to the latest political ideologies’: Physicist challenges ‘DIE’ dogmas
When not spending his time studying gravitational field theory and particle cosmology, Yi-Zen Chu may be found discussing diversity, inclusion and equity in the sciences — and why such topics should have no place in STEM.
Chu, an associate professor at National Central University in Taiwan, attended college in the United States, earning his PhD at Case Western Reserve University in 2010.
He told The College Fix in a recent interview that what he sees going on in American sciences today with what he calls the “DIE” ideology is destroying scientific and academic standards — and he is not willing to let it happen without a fight.
Chu maintains a blog that not only delves into “gravitational radiation” and “odd dimensional flat spacetimes” but also topics such as “are some physicists more equal than others” and “ideological corruption.”
While his target is largely equity activities unfolding at his alma mater, Case Western, his critiques also target the overall field, including taking on the “Particles for Justice” and “#ShutDownSTEM” movements.
Chu is an outspoken critic of the embedding of social justice into the sciences, to the extent that some of his peers at Case Western have denounced him. He said his critiques of “DIE” have not made as much of a dent as he’d like, but he is glad he took a stand publicly.
“At least I achieved one goal — speaking up publicly — with the hope that others in STEM would, at some point, follow suit,” he told The College Fix.
‘Struggles in Physics’
Originally from Singapore, Chu lived, studied, and conducted research in physics in the United States from the fall 1999 through the summer 2017.
On his personal “Struggles in Physics” blog, Chu argues that “when acting on behalf of Science, we scientists have a responsibility to stick as much as possible to reality, evidence, reason, logic, etc.; however strongly we personally feel about political or moral issues.”
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