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Professor of Astrophysics Detonates Credibility After Fusing Questionable Science with Woke Art

Professor of Astrophysics Detonates Credibility After Fusing Questionable Science with Woke Art

In an interview related to her art project, “The Gift”, Dr. Natalie Gosnell also attacks individualism and exceptionalism.

We have been exploring the ideological takeover of the sciences, especially its impact on innovation and the advancement of knowledge.

A fascinating example of ideological bondage to wokeness recently appeared at Colorado College. A professor of Astrophysics recently complained that the field is paralyzed by “systemic racism and white supremacy” and “very violent and hyper-masculine” terminology.

“As an astrophysicist, I’m a product of institutions that are steeped in systemic racism and white supremacy,” Natalie Gosnell, PhD, an assistant professor of physics at Colorado College, said in an interview published in the school’s newspaper this month.

Gosnell, who holds a doctorate in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and is a recipient of the prestigious Cottrell Scholar Award, argued that “tenets of white supremacy” like “individualism and exceptionalism and perfectionism” shape everything from the direction of physics research to the language used by scientists.

Gosnell made these distasteful and irrational remarks in an interview supporting her recent immersive art piece entitled “The Gift.”

Gosnell’s new immersive art piece entitled “The Gift” walks the line in between creativity and science, and exemplifies that which was missing for Gosnell in the sharing of science: creativity. The piece is experienced in a room with audial and visual stimuli, and through a book about an astrophysical phenomenon of a dying star as seen through the eyes of Gosnell and her co-creators, Janani Balasubramanian and Andrew Kircher.

The story goes as follows: Two stars are orbiting one another, and just before one is about to die it swells up to hundreds of times its previous size — in doing this, it transfers its mass to its orbiting star. Then the swollen star dies, while the other one shines brighter and bluer than it did before thanks to its companion.

Contemporary journalism views this mass-transfer process through a violent, hyper-masculine lens, seeing as the mass-receiving star has been dubbed “Vampire star” or “Cannibal star.” Gosnell adds they are viewed as the “bad boys” of the universe.

“I think because science and art have been so separated, and there’s […] systemic issues within science, the metaphors that are often chosen [to discuss science] are very violent and hyper-masculine,” she says.

There is so much to unwrap here. Let’s start with the term “Vampire Star.” It’s pretty sexist to assume all vampires are male. For example, The Hunger has plenty of female vampires.

Next, there has been plenty of creativity in astrophysics, especially from the James Webb Space Telescope. It discovered an Earth-sized exo-planet as a counter to Gosnell’s inane assertion.

Formally classified as LHS 475 b, the planet is almost exactly the same size as our own, clocking in at 99% of Earth’s diameter. The research team is led by Kevin Stevenson and Jacob Lustig-Yaeger, both of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.

…“These first observational results from an Earth-size, rocky planet open the door to many future possibilities for studying rocky planet atmospheres with Webb,” agreed Mark Clampin, Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Webb is bringing us closer and closer to a new understanding of Earth-like worlds outside our solar system, and the mission is only just getting started.”

Finally, the “anti-masculine” lens is toxic. And woke feminism is equally poisonous.

Legal Insurrection readers may recall covered the feminist attack on Dr. Matt Taylor, the brilliant British scientist who helped achieve the seemingly unachievable by landing a scientific probe on a comet hundreds of millions of miles away.

He was brought to tears in the wake of a successful launch because of the shirt he wore.

You can see it easily in this photo, but on the video you have to really be looking for trouble to find it. The camera is pretty far away, and Taylor is only a relatively small part of the overall report.

The woman who complained obviously was looking for something to complain about, and she made it all about her own personal insecurities as a female scientist.

For that sin, Taylor was attacked at his moment of glory. Taylor was reduced to tears while offering an apology on live stream TV.

However, Gosnell’s attack on individualism and exceptionalism is the biggest issue with her hot take and a clear indication of her being a warning example of the ideological takeover of science.

“As an astrophysicist, I’m a product of institutions that are steeped in systemic racism and white supremacy,” Gosnell says. “The tenets of white supremacy that show up [in physics] of individualism and exceptionalism and perfectionism… it’s either-or thinking, and there’s no subtlety, there’s no gray area. All of this manifests in the way that we think about our research, and what counts as good research, what counts as important research?”

In a quest for further information on Gosnell, I discovered that, for some reason, her Tweets are protected.

It appears Gosnell is not open to a robust debate on her take on the state of astrophysics. As her assertions clearly cannot withstand challenges, they must be discarded for the sake of real science.


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Natalie Gosnell, PhD, an assistant professor of physics at Colorado College says:

“I can attack males all I want, but they better not try to defend themselves or answer back because I’m special. My tweets are protected. So there!”

    Paula in reply to Paula. | January 18, 2023 at 11:13 am

    So it’s really all about sex?
    Men are bad and women are good?
    You seek to advance yourself by putting them down?
    You got it!

      Dimsdale in reply to Paula. | January 18, 2023 at 1:24 pm

      The big phallus shaped rockets clearly pushed her over the edge.

      Reminds me of Physics (surprise!) professor Jennie Traschen of UMASS, who had the bad timing to be calling the American flag a “symbol of terrorism etc.” during an Amherst town meeting on regulating the display of flags in town.

      When did she do this? 9/10/01.

    CommoChief in reply to Paula. | January 18, 2023 at 6:19 pm

    This is a common attitude in many modern women today. It isn’t limited to those on the left but it is more prominent there. Typically it follows the same sort of pattern:
    1. I wanna work with boys cause they do cool stuff
    2. Boys are mean (read playful) and say bad words
    3. Fire the boys and give me their job

    These are the same sorts of women who claim to be strong, fierce, brave, independent demanding they be included and treated like the males in typically male dominated fields. That usually lasts a few few months until they decide they don’t like being subjected to the same male humor and good natured razzing. Then they go to HR and demand that all the sorts of behavior they previously desired to be included in stop immediately. It turns out they don’t want to simply be included, instead they want to take over and rewrite the rules, preferably as
    part of SR management.

Want real Science and Art, check out Joseph Wright painting or Rembrant’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp

Sounds like this professor was educated beyond her intelligence and employed beyond her abilities. Maybe something else is going on in her life that she can’t admit or cope with.

    It’s the leftist sickness afflicting Americans. American voters elected Obama – twice. Even if there were no cheating, over 60,000,000 Americans voted for each of Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. Individualism and exceptionalism cannot be tolerated. Mike LaChance’s story today, “At Least 16 Virginia Schools Allegedly Withheld Merit Awards From Students,” is just another example.

      artichoke in reply to Ira. | January 18, 2023 at 4:17 pm

      “White guilt” is a sickness that is not mirrored in any other racial group I know of. The “self-hating Jew” I think is fundamentally different (from a different cause) although harmful too.

      Every other racial group gets to seek power for itself over others, and nobody complains and there’s no really internal dissent, because it’s so natural.

        henrybowman in reply to artichoke. | January 18, 2023 at 8:22 pm

        White guilt, virtue signaling, or just the appalling alternatives of McCain and Romney — I’ll never be able to decide which is most responsible.

      CommoChief in reply to Ira. | January 18, 2023 at 6:21 pm

      Roughly 10 million Obama voters pulled the lever for Trump so there is some glimmer of a silver lining.

The fact that she received her doctorate from Madison, WI tells you all you need to know. Madison is one of the black holes of wokeness. Whoever hired her should be shown to the door of the physics dept.

    gonzotx in reply to Q. | January 18, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    From Wisconsin amd I was going to say the exact same thing

    Madison went down the rabbit hole a hundred years ago….

    And vote cheating? It’s an art in Madison and Milwaukee

    GWB in reply to Q. | January 18, 2023 at 12:15 pm

    I think they should be shown to the event horizon of a black hole.
    But, since we don’t have one handy, I guess the door will have to do.

    pst314 in reply to Q. | January 19, 2023 at 6:43 am

    I have never known anyone from UW-Madison who was not a leftist, and most were outright communists.

I am guessing that the lovely Natalie is caucasian and is probably a gender affirmative action hire. She, by definition, has her place on the faculty at the expense of an “astrophysicist of color.” After all, life for her ilk is a zero-sum game. If her statements were more than a woke pose and a signal of her enviable virtue and social justice credentials, she would march into the President’s office. There she would confess her sin of being caucasian, lament the privileges that have accrued to her because of her race, and then offer her position on the faculty to an “astrophysicist of color.” (If that astrophysicist were a trans-sexual lesbian using a wheelchair, this would be sheer perfection.) But of course, she won’t do this. For the woke Left, someone else always has to pay the price of virtue and social justice.

… re: “The Gift” … So the prof is anthropomorphizing stars? The act of giving and receiving would seem to require a will / personality … yet in the same way, calling the one star a ‘vampire’ or ‘cannibal’ is also anthropomorphizing.

I don’t like her characterization of “very violent and hyper-masculine terminology … systemic racism and white supremacy” – but agree that language is inadequate to describe the event …

Calling them “source” and “destination” or “losing” and “receiving” or “sacrificial” and “beneficiary” star would be a very sterile description and doesn’t fire the imagination like a more dramatic cultural reference.

I can appreciate her sentiment – having spent my working years in the aerospace industry – in engineering / operations – while on the weekends I was out gigging as a performing songwriter. What is the – lord I hate this word – “intersection” – of engineering technology and artistry? Anyway – I can appreciate the sentiment of an art project that captures the event in “The Gift”.

Kind of reminds me of a death scene in the movie “Cocoon” where the husband, who is at the bedside of his ill wife, begins to tire and transfers what’s left of the ‘life’ in him, to her so that she might live. I see that more as a “Gift” than the profs art project, if only because the giver and receiver are human and giving is an act of the will – of charity. That I am aware, stars do not possess charity …

I’d have rather the professor simply said she wanted a more beautiful way to describe the event than something so violent and ghoulish …

“…it’s either-or thinking, and there’s no subtlety, there’s no gray area. All of this manifests in the way that we think about our research, and what counts as good research, what counts as important research?”

You mean like whether the researcher gets the science right or wrong?

“complained that the field is paralyzed by … “very violent and hyper-masculine” terminology.”

As a gun-rights activist who is constantly treated to jabs from the left about compensating for a “small dick,” I feel more than entitled to suggest that Professor Gosnell should pursue her knowledge of the Big Bang.

Rainbow banner. Transgender, confused, corrupted, albinophobic, color supremacist black and brown excluded, or all of the above?

I missed this… I was too busy binge watching Velma.

As an astrophysicist
who holds a doctorate in astronomy
I’m not a rocket scientist, but I don’t think those two things are quite the same.

audial and visual stimuli
Sprechen sie English? Auditory, audio, aural would all be ok. But audial is not even a word. And this is the college site being quoted.

astrophysical phenomenon of a dying star as seen through the eyes imagination of Gosnell
FIFY. No one alive has ever actually seen a dying star with their eyes.

the mass-receiving star has been dubbed “Vampire star” or “Cannibal star.”
You’d prefer “succubus”?
(We know the feministas would scream bloody murder at that.)

I’m a product of institutions that are steeped in systemic racism and white supremacy
Says the white woman.
Yet another AWFL/SWF.

    henrybowman in reply to GWB. | January 18, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    “I’m not a rocket scientist, but I don’t think those two things are quite the same.”
    Sometimes that’s the school’s fault. The computer science “subfield” had already swamped the EE department proper by the time I graduated, but we still all got “EE” degrees until the CS people finally scored a department of their own.

Women don’t get any satisfaction from the single-minded attack on a theoretical or scientific puzzle. They get satisfaction from social interactions. So that’s what you get.

A woman in a STEM field will quickly join a Women’s Workplace Issues Committee. The men just beaver away on their jobs. They’re happy to have women around – nobody’s happier than the men. At least until the annual awareness meetings begin spilling over into work.

    henrybowman in reply to rhhardin. | January 18, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    I’m stealing this and putting it in my file of quotes.

    artichoke in reply to rhhardin. | January 18, 2023 at 4:07 pm

    Everyone’s happier than this man. Unless I wanted to date one of them, what good does it do me that a person I am working near is female, and who will be given advantages here and there because of it? I had a good female boss once. She didn’t take any nonsense from the female on our team; none of this coworker’s “feminine wiles” worked with this boss, and her incompetence was just that.

      rhhardin in reply to artichoke. | January 18, 2023 at 4:43 pm

      On the contrary, the men get to talk to these magical beings about stuff that interests men, a new experience. Show them stuff. Mansplain at a high technical level.

    nordic prince in reply to rhhardin. | January 18, 2023 at 7:00 pm

    To be honest, there are women in STEM who are not as you describe; they prefer problem-solving over social interaction, and they despise these trouble-making females.

Camille Paglia wrote that STEM fields are ultimately an escape from women.

    henrybowman in reply to rhhardin. | January 18, 2023 at 1:27 pm

    Until you have customers.

    No, they’re ways of learning to build stuff, so that you can get away from women. 😉

    amatuerwrangler in reply to rhhardin. | January 18, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    This might explain why so many men have “shops” in their garage or shed out back. Probably 90% of what is built there is related to making the shop. They produce shelves, peg-boards, drawers, tool chests, stands for new tools, and the occasional chair or bookcase. Some work in wood, some in metal, occasional a double-threat will appear. But its all solitary work.

    artichoke in reply to rhhardin. | January 18, 2023 at 4:11 pm

    Partly true. The willingness to do all that hard work for moderate financial rewards goes down as the wokeness creeps in. Women are fine, but the changes and gender discrimination in their favor that often accompany them are not.

Who needs “exceptionalism and perfectionism” in astrophysics anyway.

Or any science for that matter…

    henrybowman in reply to Massinsanity. | January 18, 2023 at 4:29 pm

    One of the nice things about astrophysics is that no matter how badly you’re capable of f*ing it up, it’s going to ignore you and do what it was damn well going to do anyway.

nordic prince | January 18, 2023 at 2:11 pm

Rainbow flag… another lesbian with thinly veiled hatred for males and anything masculine.

I wouldn’t be surprised if 99% of that particular demographic has turned out they way they have due to daddy issues.

An art installation is far easier to assemble than a peer reviewed scientific paper published in an astrophysics journal. It’s a front concealing her lack of scientific inspiration, talent and creativity; her art is a third graders version of a clay volcano spewing cotton magma.

Beyond all else – the Woke are uninspired, lazy-minded scolds, freeloading and faking their way through their jobs.

    artichoke in reply to Tiki. | January 18, 2023 at 4:13 pm

    Indeed, she’s not creating new knowledge, she’s complaining about existing knowledge. But it did a slight service: I didn’t know about this phenomenon before and now I’ll learn about why it’s supposed to happen, so she did a bit to popularize astrophysics.

This is the face of a delusional and sadistic totalitarianism. Controlling language and lexicon; vilifying perfectly innocuous terminology and usage. It’s insanity, but, grounded in obnoxious totalitarianism.

Welcome to the near-future.

Her “art” project was her narrating about the accomplishments of others. With any kind of ego, it’s no wonder she has such an inferiority complex.

I know and have met *so* many PhD’s and PhD candidates that simply have no grasp of the real world. They’re good at some of the exercises of a college or university, but a lot of them would be simply lost if they had to go out and make a real living.

How do we have “toxic masculinity” without a phallic symbol ?

As Gosnells go, she’s still not as bad as Kermit.

Thank you for your enlightening remarks, Professor Tiffany.


Wonder if she is related to Kermit, same last name?

BierceAmbrose | January 19, 2023 at 2:53 pm

So Dr What’s-her-name holds *our* Ph D for nothing much? If we throw out individualism and exceptionalism, we’re left with “Why should we listen to you?”

Dr. Much to Say About Nothing Much, there, really didn’t think it through.

Robert Arvanitis | January 19, 2023 at 2:59 pm

No relation to Kermit Gosnell?
Even if not, they’d surely get on famously.