I don’t have to tell you how American universities are slipping the slope into insanity. Once upon a time, campuses were incubators for smart people. Now, they’re more like nests for inter-dimensional Soviet space blobs, with a serious allergy to alternative viewpoints. Steven Pinker seems to agree.
When (identity politics) spread beyond the target of combatting discrimination and oppression, it is an enemy of reason and Enlightenment values, including, ironically, the pursuit of justice for oppressed groups. For one thing, reason depends on there being an objective reality and universal standards of logic. As Chekhov said, there is no national multiplication table, and there is no racial or LGBT one either.
Good luck explaining that to the race-obsessed crap-goblins who think white supremacists created math to make brown people feel stupid.
Scholars can’t hope to understand the world (particularly the social world) if some hypotheses are given a free pass and others are unmentionable.
I argued leftist politics had distorted the study of human nature, including sex, violence, gender, childrearing, personality, and intelligence.
People who suddenly discover forbidden facts outside the crucible of reasoned debate (which is what universities should be) can take them to dangerous conclusions, such as that differences between the sexes imply that we should discriminate against women.
Keep in mind, Steven Pinker isn’t the sort of guy you’d see sporting a MAGA hat and a Pepe button around campus. He leans left on most issues. Where he differs from other lefties is he values intellectual honesty. Otherwise known as not living in a “progressive” bubble of safe spaces and trigger warnings. Pinker isn’t allergic to opposing viewpoints, unlike his overly-sensitive left-wing peers.
Universities used to be a breeding ground for ideas. Now they’re indoctrination centers for the next generation of neon-haired land whales. Who can quote Marx by heart. Possessing basic reasoning skills, not so much.
When a left-wing heavyweight is saying leftists have a problem, they’ve got a problem. Hopefully universities will heed Pinker’s words and cease their decline into uselessness. Unfortunately, given the current up-and-comers on campuses and conservative blacklisting, we have better luck playing pickup sticks with our buttcheeks.