Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science Commits to DEI
“Does anyone who is reading this now believe that Cornell perpetuates slavery?”
As I have warned repeatedly, the left’s committment to DEI is eclipsing the pursuit of scholarship. It is being treated as more important than the subjects being taught.
Randy Wayne writes at Substack:
The Search for Truth at Cornell University
There is a fork in the road for the future of Cornell University. Cornell must choose between what Jonathan Haidt calls two mutually exclusive telos—the search for truth or social justice activism. The fact that these two teloi are mutually exclusive has been highlighted at Cornell University where the SIPS Diversity and Inclusion Council claims on an official website of the CALS School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS):
The Council’s vision is for an inclusive SIPS community that flourishes because it values and supports diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. It recognizes that our institution was founded on and perpetuates various injustices. These include settler colonialism, indigenous dispossession, slavery, racism, classism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, antisemitism, and ableism.
Does anyone who is reading this now believe that Cornell perpetuates slavery? Does anyone in charge of perpetuating this website care whether this claim is fact or fiction, true or false—a fundamental concern of science at a university? Sadly, as documented in The College Fix and by Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley, the answer is no.
When the search for truth is subservient to another telos, authoritarianism becomes more likely. As reported in Current Biology, in an 2020 interview with Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, former President Obama admonished,
If we do not have the capacity to distinguish what’s true from what’s false, then by definition the marketplace of ideas doesn’t work. And by definition our democracy doesn’t work. We are entering into an epistemological crisis.
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There’s your problem. Somebody went and made the Plant Sciences department “integrative.” Shouldenna done that.
What is Integrative Plant Science?
It’s exciting, because there is absolutely no derivative research.
It’s anti-derivative plant science.
Add another ism to Cornell’s list: derivativism. Or maybe anti-derivativism. I can’t keep track anymore.
Next year, the Definite Integrative Plant Scientists will be feuding with the Indefinite Integrative Plant Scientists. The Left always eats their own.
Actually, he is branching out.
How far does this reach? If they’re comin for my wine, this isn’t a game any more.
Cornell AgriTech has developed several cold-hardy, yummie wine grape cultivars of hybridized vitus vinifera and vitus lambruca varieties — continental wine grapes, and North American native grapes that make jelly on a good day, respectively. By example, one makes wine, in upstate, comparable to an Argentine Malbec.
If this woke stuff gets in the way of that development, now it’s war.
(As a side-note, even national-level wine and grape advocacy and information programs are completely frakking biased. Checking spellings, tripped on one of these proclaiming: “only recently … East of the Rocky Mountains.”
Upstate wines have been beating those jackholes since they started showing up to international blind tastings about a generation and a half ago, with production at that quality going on for generations before.
These days, I’ll take a Herman Weimer (upstate vintner) Cab Franc (vinifera red) over … any Cab Franc I’ve had out of Cali, now that I think about it. The Walla-Walla vinyard (interior of Washington state) Cab Franc is as good, not better.