As mentioned in the previous chapter, everything in Clown World is now political. Like a toxic gas, the political world has seeped into every pore of every realm of being. The scientific world has not escaped this phenomenon. Clown World science is very far from a sober examination of reality.
In theory, the beauty of science is that it is apolitical. The archetypal scientific mind is one that has no fear for the truth, nor any fear of worldly terrors. As such, the true scientist is not influenced by political concerns. They have no desire for the world to be a particular way; they only wish to discover the world as it is, in all its florid, multivariate glory.
Unfortunately, true scientists are extremely rare in this phase of the political cycle. They’re even more rare in the university system, because the maverick mentality that makes a true scientist gets ostracised by the politically correct groupthink of the academy. This has led to a scientific establishment which is extremely easily influenced by the political fashions of the day.
In Clown World, science is subordinate to politics. What science says is one thing, but what politics says that science says is another. This is mostly because of cancel culture. In Clown World science, many topics of scientific study are taboo. Any scientist who speaks honestly about them risks having their entire lives destroyed by social pressure mobs.
The greatest taboo in Clown World relates to the science of human biodiversity. Although Nature is replete with diversity, with life flowing into every possible niche, the Clown World dogma is that all human groups are precisely the same when it comes to genetic intellectual potential. Anything one human group can achieve can be achieved by any other.
The reality is very different, with the science suggesting that between 60-80% of intelligence is hereditary. If intelligence is 70% hereditary, that means that the often-noted IQ gap between whites and blacks is mostly attributable to inherent genetic differences between the two populations, and not to environmental factors such as poverty during one’s upbringing.
Indeed, experts believe that 45% of the variance in socioeconomic status can be explained by intelligence alone. Once one factors in things like conscientiousness, drive and luck, there is very little room left over for structural discrimination to explain variance in socioeconomic status between races.
However, this line of reasoning is forbidden in Clown World. This is because the scientific facts about race and IQ demonstrate a major flaw of neoliberalism. If intelligence is mostly hereditary, then it isn’t possible to simply import cheap labour from overseas and have their offspring grow up to behave indistinguishably from the natives.
The offspring of immigrants will behave as their genes induce them to behave, with a small amount of variation due to environmental influence. This means that immigrants from low-IQ countries will tend to have children with low IQs, and being low IQ they are likely to end up criminal and poor. This, in turn, means that immigration from low-IQ countries ought to be opposed – but this belief is a threat to the powers that profit from it.
In Clown World, a scientist cannot publicly state the facts about race and IQ without their reputation getting destroyed. This even happened to no less a luminary than the discoverer of DNA himself, James Watson. Watson was stripped of honourary titles because he stated that genes caused a difference in IQ test results between blacks and whites.
Not even winning a Nobel Prize is sufficient to make you a scientific authority in a subject if your opinions contradict the political fashions. Anyone with an interest in race and IQ is a racist, and therefore the findings of that entire field of science can be dismissed (and replaced with political dogma).
Sex differences between men and women also are another taboo subject where the science is denied. Clown World scientists talk about something called the Gender Equality Paradox. This refers to the observation that the proportion of women in STEM subjects is lower in countries where women are more free (such as Scandinavia) than in countries where women are less free (such as the Islamic ones).
Clown World dogma holds that women have been unfairly excluded from scientific communities because of the prejudices of men. Men wanted to subjugate women and keep them in the kitchen, and so women were not allowed in. This dogma contrasts sharply with the observed reality that free women tend not to study STEM subjects.
The reality is that women don’t think the same way that men do, and so they don’t value the same things. In all species, the female is the gatekeeper of sex. As such, the male must strive to distinguish himself from the other males if he wants to reproduce. So the male is generally much more motivated than the female to strive for high status: this is true of nearly every species.
Women in free countries choose not to study STEM because women in general are interested in other subjects. There is no paradox. When a woman is free to study what she likes, without the pressure to earn prestige for her family that exists in less free societies, she will study what’s in her nature to study. Usually that isn’t STEM.
The rulers of Clown World don’t want to admit that the different sexes are motivated by different things, because they want cheap female workers in the labour force, and not at home raising children. The real threat, too dangerous to be spoken, is that if women were given absolute freedom most of them would prefer homemaking to the pointless stress of the Clown World workplace. This would drastically reduce the supply of labour and cause wage costs to spike.
In Clown World, even mathematics gets decolonised. The rise of the concept of ethnomathematics represents the absolute pollution of scientific space with political influence. The true absurdity is that the politically correct deny that human subgroups are different when it comes to IQ, but also assert that those populations are different enough that each one has its own mathematics.
The push to diversify everything has led to a promise from NASA to put a woman on the Moon by 2024. It can be predicted with confidence that, once this is achieved, the next mission will be to put a black man on the Moon, and then a gay man, and so on down the list until every minority group is ticked off.
Science is now pozzed root and branch. Today, many science departments are more worried about diversity than about making original contributions to human knowledge. Clown World logic insists that, because all human groups are perfectly equal in all measures, any proportional under-representation of any group must be because of exclusionary prejudice. Therefore, diversification is an end unto itself.
Because diversity is now prized above merit, scientific journals are flooded with garbage articles about ludicrous concepts like stereotype threat. This concept, invented to excuse away lower black academic performance, has now come under suspicion on account of that it could not be replicated. Unfortunately, so much of social psychology has failed replication that the reputation of the science is now in tatters.
Clown World science is everything science shouldn’t be, which is coming up with a desired conclusion first and then finding evidence that fits it. The reason for this is, as mentioned above, politics. The desire of people to force the world to conform to their political conceptions is stronger than their desire to discover the truth. Many people enter the scientific world with the intent of winning the political battle for their team. These people do not advance science.
In fact, it has now been argued that scientific progress is slowing down. Even worse, scientific literacy is decreasing, which means that we’re going backwards by at least one major measure. In Clown World, scientific activity destroys knowledge as often as it uncovers it.
This article is an excerpt from Clown World Chronicles, a book about the insanity of life in the post-Industrial West. This is being compiled by Vince McLeod for an expected release in the middle of 2020.
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