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Scientist chased out of Evergreen State thumbs nose at #ShutDownSTEM day with live podcast

The supposedly one-day movement is anti-intellectual and “antiblack” in practice

Scientists, science journals and academic institutions are bowing before their woke would-be conquerors today in a movement known as #ShutDownSTEM, which is basically the science version of #BlackoutTuesday.

Nature is participating, and as it explains in a tweet, it will take a day off from work “to focus on what we can do better, and plan how we can play our part in eradicating anti-Black racism in academia and STEM.”

Science and its publisher, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, are also participating. One prominent academic institution self-censoring today is Penn State Research.

Bret Weinstein (above), the evolutionary biologist chased out of Evergreen State College for criticizing the expected exile of whites from campus on the public institution’s annual “Day of Absence,” finds this foolish and dangerous.

You could say he’s #ReopeningSTEM.

Weinstein is hosting a livestream version of his “DarkHorse” podcast, which “explore[s] questions that matter, with tools that work,” at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Wednesday with his wife and fellow Evergreen State exile, evolutionary biologist Heather Heying.

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He’s been on a tear against #ShutDownSTEM in the past 20 or so hours, calling the movement “a show of force against the process of enlightenment” that mirrors his experience at Evergreen State. “Capitulation by our premier scientific institutions is an absurd display of anti-intellectual cowardice,” he continued, targeting Science for “broadcasting a false message” about science and “emboldening its enemies.”

Weinstein is skeptical that the movement, which he says is “antiblack” in practice, will stick to its one-day plan.

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He retweeted news from Stanford University, where student Alejandrina Gonzalez Reyes (who helped surface this campus mob action) shared an announcement from her lab that it was “adhering to the call.”

Lab participants are not allowed to take a “free day” – they must “reflect alone, or with others,” on how they can “concretely act to eliminate racism towards black people in America,” the announcement reads. (They apparently aren’t allowed to reflect on how to stop the use of the supposedly racist term “Wuhan Virus.”) It’s not clear how the lab plans to enforce this re-education day.

“This is a simple replay of Evergreen ’17,” Weinstein said, referring to the year in which he became targeted by a campus mob that patrolled campus with bats and batons. “Same show of force, same anti-STEM rationalizations, same empty rhetoric.”

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One of Weinstein’s fellow travelers, mathematician and author James Lindsay of the “grievance studies” research project, said one purpose of #ShutDownSTEM was to “find out who doesn’t do it … and to use them against them later,” in the same manner that Weinstein was targeted at Evergreen State.

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Follow Weinstein on Twitter and watch his live podcast with Heying.

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Greg spent several years as a technology policy reporter and editor for Warren Communications News in Washington, D.C., and guest host on C-SPAN’s “The Communicators.” He co-founded the alternative newspaper PUNCH and served as a reporter, editor and columnist for The Falcon at Seattle Pacific University.

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