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Bitter Fruit: Marshall McLuhan and the Rise of Fake News. McLuhan’s impact on journalism was significant. His message was that all the values of journalism should be discarded. The old-fashioned search for truth, using the tools of balance, objectivity, and impartiality, no longer applied.
3 hours ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from quillette.com
Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay talks to book author and Skeptic editor Michael Shermer about why scientific media, professional organizations, and academic departments are increasingly succumbing to progressive ideological fads.
1 day ago by Chipit to /s/science from quillette.com
Remembering Richard Leakey (1944–2022), the Last Victorian Scientist. A white man who brought the message of science and natural history to scores of thousands of black Kenyan schoolchildren and university students who might otherwise have become uncritical creationists.
8 days ago by Chipit to /s/science from quillette.com
Naturally Selective: Female Orgasm and Female Sexual Selection
12 days ago by jet199 to /s/women from quillette.com
A Trans Pioneer Explains Her Resignation from the US Professional Association for Transgender Health
14 days ago by jet199 to /s/Health from quillette.com
A Conversation with E.O. Wilson (1929–2021). "I think I may have been the only scientist in modern times to be physically attacked for an idea. The idea of a biological human nature was abhorrent to the demonstrators and was, in fact, too radical at the time for...many on the far-Left."
18 days ago by Chipit to /s/science from quillette.com
My APA Resignation. What we don’t need is our science organizations going all-in on one side of our polarized divide and stoking furor with hyperbolic statements. Unfortunately, that is exactly what the APA and other left-leaning organizations did.
18 days ago by Chipit to /s/Psychology from quillette.com
Remembering Berlin’s Post-Communist Art Colony—Before It Became ‘Kitsch for the Rich’
21 days ago by Chipit to /s/Art from quillette.com
Academic Ideologues Are Corrupting STEM. The Silent Liberal Majority Must Fight Back. I received a flood of encouraging emails from others who share my concern with the process by which radical political doctrines are being injected into STEM pedagogy.
23 days ago by Chipit to /s/Education from quillette.com
On the Issue of Female Athletics, the IOC Has Shirked Its Duty to Lead
1 month ago by BiologyIsReal to /s/GenderCritical from quillette.com
The Push for Equity in Education Hurts Vulnerable Children the Most. None of them achieve their equity goals by improving the academic performance of low-performing groups. Instead, “equity” almost invariably requires hiding deficiencies of low-performing groups or lowering standards.
1 month ago by Chipit to /s/Education from quillette.com
History Lessons from the Toronto Mob Targeting a 19th-Century Gay Icon. Hint: he's ciswhite and they're calling him a sexual predator.
1 month ago by Chipit to /s/politics from quillette.com
Podcast #173: Batya Ungar-Sargon on the Growing Gulf Between Ordinary Americans and the Progressive Journalists Who Cover Them
1 month ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from quillette.com
Confession and Conspiracism in the Church of Social Justice. Canadian progressives, once defined by fastidious secularism, are now experiencing a sort of Indigenous mystical awakening—the phenomenon described aptly by the new book, Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America.
1 month ago by Chipit to /s/OpinionPieces from quillette.com
An Astronomer Cancels His Own Research—Because the Results Weren’t Popular. Astronomy seems to be in trouble, as it is increasingly populated by researchers who seem more concerned with terrestrial politics than celestial objects, and who view the search for truths about nature as threatening.
2 months ago by Chipit to /s/science from quillette.com
Watching My Great Nation Lapse Into a Cult of Self-Abasement. Under Trudeau's government, it has become fashionable, even necessary, to apologize, not just for egregious historical episodes or policies, but for the existence of Canada itself.
2 months ago by Chipit to /s/OpinionPieces from quillette.com
A Review of Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters by Steven Pinker. . In folk psychology, emotion is often seen as antithetical to rationality. This idea is not correct. Like other heuristics, emotions get us “in the right ballpark” of the correct response rather quickly.
2 months ago by Chipit to /s/books from quillette.com
A Canadian Academic Case Study. The report’s main theme is that university leaders must decisively reject the idea of “colour-blindness” (“colour evasion”) in favour of becoming “race-conscious individuals” who “explicitly reflect on their ethno-racial identity and group membership.”
2 months ago by Chipit to /s/Education from quillette.com
A review of Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America by John McWhorter. The Elect’s ideology, like so much contemporary social justice, is a grotesque contest of elite moral exhibitionism, inordinately preoccupied with policing speech and regulating behavior.
I was fighting the overwhelming tide of a system intent upon handing over diplomas. Over half of my students would have failed if I gave them the grade they earned. But the unwritten, yet well-communicated, rule was that teachers should never fail a student if it could be helped.
The Vox Formula: Telling Privileged People What They Already Believe. Vox’s trademark style would be a smugness that flatters its readers into believing that by reading the website they can rest assured that they are among the ranks of the correct, the informed, rather than one of the stupids.
2 months ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from quillette.com
Academia’s image of itself as the vanguard of social change in America, burdened with the grave responsibility of fighting its evils. But this is largely a fantasy. Very little of academic work has a notable influence on society.
Cancel Culture Has a Lot to Answer For. Sometimes our most precious cultural institutions fail to live up to their high educational and moral commitments and responsibilities. These failures especially damage the social fabric because they tend to harm many people who rely on them.
How the ACLU closed mental hospitals and created homelessness. Said a leading civil rights attorney in 1974, “They [the patients] are better off outside the hospital with no care than they are inside with no care. The hospitals are what really do damage to people.”
2 months ago by Chipit to /s/history from quillette.com
The Gulag of higher education. What they present, in summary, is a chilling perspective of the pervasive and divisive atmosphere that is continuing to develop in educational and scientific institutions.
Seldom discussed, let alone acknowledged, is that right-wing vaccine rejectionism has its roots in mainstream left-wing doctrines. Twenty-five years after Alan Sokal’s celebrated hoax, anti-scientific nonsense from the Left continues to inspire and inform anti-vaxxers’ absurd abuse of science.
In Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy. Elite left-wing journalists have embraced a race-based view of American inequality and abandoned any sort of class-based analysis. They’ve done this because it largely absolves them of having to apologize for their own elite lifestyles.
My Late Father Was a Great Teacher. He Wouldn’t Last a Week in the Modern Classroom. My father would probably be appalled to learn that the Socratic method is woefully out of step with a generation of young people who find feelings—not facts, evidence, or knowledge—to be sovereign.
3 months ago by Chipit to /s/Education from quillette.com
Enlightenment Now author Steven Pinker speaks with Jonathan Kay about his newly published book, Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters
3 months ago by Chipit to /s/podcasts from quillette.com
The Implosion of Boston’s Pride Parade Is a Sign of Things to Come. Boston Pride celebrated a half-century-plus of existence by collapsing into social panic and cancelling itself. And what are the QTBIPOC community’s “concerns.” Well, it’s a long, surreal, and tragicomic story.
3 months ago by Chipit to /s/politics from quillette.com
The implosion of Boston’s Pride Parade is a sign of things to comeLGB Erasure
3 months ago by Chunkeeguy to /s/LGBDropTheT from quillette.com
Simping and the Sexual Marketplace. Simping is a trend born out of the challenges of an unbalanced sexual marketplace where romance has become increasingly sporadic, fleeting, and transactional. Moreover, the ineffectiveness of simping reveals something about female mate preferences.
3 months ago by Chipit to /s/OpinionPieces from quillette.com
The Harassment of Professor Kathleen Stock. This attack is yet another unsettling example of how independent thinkers are subject to intimidation in today's climate. The notion that biological males should not be allowed to enter female-only spaces was a widespread view a mere five years ago.
The rival Constitution. “The most zealous civil rights activists of all races, saw whites as having entered a guilty plea in the court of history, and thus as repudiating the moral posturing on which the good name and the good conscience of their constitutional republic had rested.”
Cancelling the Beat Generation. From Jezebel to the Guardian and Salon, left-leaning publications are turning against the very writers who helped make possible the freedoms and attitudes they now take for granted.
3 months ago by Chipit to /s/Philosophy from quillette.com
Jonathan Kay speaks with NYU professor and Coddling of the American Mind Co-Author Jonathan Haidt about the emotionally destructive effect of social media on many young users.
3 months ago by Chipit to /s/SocialMedia from quillette.com
The Social Science Monoculture Doubles Down
3 months ago by penelopepnortney to /s/WayOfTheBern from quillette.com
The Status Game: Male, Grandiose, Humiliated
4 months ago by jet199 to /s/Men from quillette.com
States might not be allowed to lawfully protect “eugenic abortions,” which Harvard scholar Michael Stokes Paulsen has described as “the deliberate killing of children with a disability because of their disability. Eugenics is intervention which aims to decrease the number of people with disabilities
4 months ago by Chipit to /s/politics from quillette.com
Peter Boghossian (of the Grievance Studies hoax) on Why He Quit Portland State University
4 months ago by Chipit to /s/podcasts from quillette.com
Cancel Culture and the Logic of Torture. Scholarship on public executions and torture can help to illuminate the logic. For both public shaming and cancellation are structured like public acts of torture, and their aims are disturbingly similar means of enforcing political or cultural conformity.
The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality—A Review. Is a left-wing author allowed to believe in genetics? Doctrinaire progressives are inclined to cringe (at least for public consumption) at the idea that one’s DNA might drive real differences that shape our lives.
4 months ago by Chipit to /s/books from quillette.com
The Truth about Autogynephilia. Women’s attire was not the true object of such a man’s affections, he concluded: rather, the clothes were the means whereby a man gave life to that object, namely himself in female form. “Autogynephilia” means love of oneself as a woman.Discussion
4 months ago by Chipit to /s/LGBDropTheT from quillette.com
“If 80 percent of the league is black, that means that black players are better than white players ... the black players are superior.” If Ibram X. Kendi says, “When I see racial disparities, I see racism,” then basketball is a racist sport, and the NBA is a racist organization. Isn't it?
4 months ago by Chipit to /s/OpinionPieces from quillette.com
The Truth about Autogynephilia
4 months ago by BiologyIsReal to /s/GenderCritical from quillette.com
The Truth about Autogynephilia. Women’s attire was not the true object of such a man’s affections, he concluded: rather, the clothes were the means whereby a man gave life to that object, namely himself in female form. “Autogynephilia” means love of oneself as a woman.
4 months ago by Chipit to /s/Psychology from quillette.com
Jessie Tu and the Fashionably Regressive Approach to Reading. Jessie Tu’s recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald is symptomatic of an increasingly prevalent trend in literature, according to which the identity of the writer is more important than the words on the page.
4 months ago by Chipit to /s/literature from quillette.com
The War on Porn: Cancel Culture on Steroids. Perhaps the most influential of these is the New York Times journalist Nick Kristof, who has helped spread anti-trafficking propaganda, including false claims.
4 months ago by Chipit to /s/censorship from quillette.com
Jonathan Kay speaks with Comedian and Podcaster Jamie Kilstein about the challenges he's faced since his excommunication from California's progressive entertainment circles. This is the far leftist who got "metoo'd" after he described women he slept with as "road fucks" on a podcast.
The Social Science Monoculture Doubles Down. Cognitive elites load the tests with things they know and that privilege their own views. Then when people just like themselves do well on the tests, they think it validates their own opinions and attitudes.
4 months ago by Chipit to /s/science from quillette.com
Host Jonathan Kay talks to author Simon Edge about his new book, in which a fictional flat-earth advocacy group campaigns against the idea of a spherical earth (not to mention the "globularist" "TERGs" who oppose the new 'True Earth' orthodoxy) in the name of social justice.
Alan Stratton: The 'Gender Supremacist' Threat to the Progressive Alliance 1/3.LGB History
5 months ago by [deleted] to /s/LGBDropTheT from quillette.com
Newly published research indicates that people who more frequently signal their victimhood (whether real, exaggerated, or false) are more likely to lie and cheat for material gain and denigrate others as a means to get ahead.
5 months ago by carn0ld03 to /s/studies from quillette.com
Who Will Save Us From Racist AI? The ML models were able to predict self-reported race with astonishing precision. "There are a lot of people in medicine, unfortunately, who still think race is biological rather than a social construct."
5 months ago by Chipit to /s/Health from quillette.com
20 Hungarian Lessons the West Is Still Missing. The lingering presence of Western-fêted ex-Communist elites was tragically corrosive, fears of demographic decline and “population replacement” should not be scoffed at, speech curbs were initially cheered by the Left.
5 months ago by Chipit to /s/WorldNews from quillette.com
Political Correctness: A Sociocultural Black Hole—A Review. Either you succumb to these apparent virtues, or you will be embarrassing. There are no longer different opinions, but only one glorious morality surrounded by darkness and disgrace.
5 months ago by Chipit to /s/books from quillette.com
The idea that Canada is currently waging a campaign of mass extermination against Indigenous people may sound like something emitted by Russian social-media bots or Chinese state media. But no, this is an official statement from the Canadian Historical Association.
5 months ago by Chipit to /s/OpinionPieces from quillette.com
The Society of Cultural Anthropology’s Campaign to Present American Populism as Fascism. The actual contents were intellectually disingenuous, with most authors watering down the definition of fascism in order to fit an identifiably partisan narrative.
5 months ago by Chipit to /s/politics from quillette.com
The Incoherence of Gender Ideology. Claims of “misgendering” have swelled from being regarded as instances of impoliteness, to “human rights” violations (language previously reserved for exclusive use in reference to torture, genocide, atrocity, and crimes against humanity)
The Accomplishments of Black Conservative Thought
5 months ago by Chipit to /s/Philosophy from quillette.com
A review of Facing Reality: Two Truths about Race in America by Charles Murray. There are only two big ideas being forwarded: that different races in America “have different violent crime rates and different means and distributions of cognitive ability.” That’s it.
Gender Transition and Desistance in Teenage Girls: Two Psychotherapeutic Case Studies
5 months ago by Chipit to /s/Psychology from quillette.com
The Subversive Simone Weil—A Review. Praised by André Gide as the “patron saint of all outsiders,” known to her fellow students at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) as the “Categorical Imperative in skirts,” and dismissed by Charles de Gaulle as “a crazy woman,” Weil was certainly unusual.
Life as a Stand-Up Comic Can Be Brutal. ‘Safe Space’ Call-out Culture Is Making it Unbearable
5 months ago by Chipit to /s/comedy from quillette.com
Forget What Gender Activists Tell You. Here’s What Medical Transition Looks Like [authored by trans-man]Transing Children
5 months ago by IridescentAnaconda to /s/LGBDropTheT from quillette.com
How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed (1991) told us about everyday survival under communism, its textures and minutiae as felt by normal people.
6 months ago by Chipit to /s/books from quillette.com
Asian Americans have become an unfun topic in Silicon Valley corporate life. Certainly, they embarrass the diversity-obsessed gurus at Google and Facebook. That’s because Asians are no longer considered “diverse” in the progressive tech world.
6 months ago by Chipit to /s/OpinionPieces from quillette.com
The Faith of Systemic Racism. Of course, if a system is nefarious, it must be blown up, and the bricks and rubble must be redistributed to the politically favored, and anyone who opposes that—anyone who does not loudly and enthusiastically embrace the new dogma—must be a tool of white subjugation.
As a Gay Child in a Christian Cult, I Was Taught to Hate Myself. Then I Joined the Church of Social Justice—and Nothing Changed
How All My Politically Correct Bones Were Broken. "My colleagues and I now found it risky to discuss the achievement problems of blacks openly. We found ourselves self-censoring, privately lamenting the arrival of implicit rules and taboos."
6 months ago by Chipit to /s/Education from quillette.com
Jonathan Kay speaks to film writer Christian Toto about his RealClearInvestigations look into the increasingly direct identity-politics messaging that now is being pushed on North American toddlers through television, books, and marketing.
6 months ago by Chipit to /s/politics from quillette.com
Standing up to the Social-Justice Mobs Within the Jewish Community. In the name of racial justice and “Jewish values,” Jews, even rabbis, now see fit to bully other Jews on social media. These “kindly inquisitors” shame and ostracize others for daring to think differently.
Standing Up to the Gender Ideologues: a Quillette Editorial. The controverted speech in question was a 2019 blog post, “a woman is an adult human female (not an identity or feeling),” and that trans women are “biological males [who] choose to live as a woman, or believe they actually are women.”
A Conversation with Daniel Elder, the Choral Music Composer Who Was Cancelled for Opposing Arson
6 months ago by Chipit to /s/censorship from quillette.com
Why Is the Society for American Archaeology Promoting Indigenous Creationism?
7 months ago by Chipit to /s/science from quillette.com
Silicon Valley’s ‘Mission Protocol’ Revolution Is Beginning to Attain Critical Mass
7 months ago by carn0ld03 to /s/business from quillette.com
Are Activists Protecting Asians from Hate—or Protecting Their Narrative of White Supremacy from Criticism? Explaining why black attacks on Asian victims is really the fault of white supremacy may seem difficult, but a surprisingly large number of writers are eager to take up the challenge.
7 months ago by Chipit to /s/politics from quillette.com
Critical Race Theory Isn’t a New Civil Rights Movement. The civil rights movement was based on a hopeful and optimistic vision of modern Americans turning the country’s ideals into reality. CRT presents a dystopian vision in which ubiquitous bigotry and oppression defines America’s national soul.
For censors, the effects of impure art are foreseeable: A work with the wrong message could turn audiences away from or even against their religion’s teachings or the pursuit of justice; neutral art could make them apathetic to the causes deemed imperative, so is in its own way threatening.
7 months ago by Chipit to /s/censorship from quillette.com
Sorry, Demi Lovato: You Can’t Fight Sexism by Opting Out of WomanhoodWomen's Issues
7 months ago by sadbihours to /s/LGBDropTheT from quillette.com
In Defense of the Universal Values of Science. The postmodern notion that empirical scientific knowledge is somehow culturally derived, with little or no objective underpinning, has continued to persist in various social science corners of academia far removed from the rush of scientific progress.
Lesbians Aren’t Attracted to a Female ‘Gender Identity.’ We’re Attracted to Women - Quillette article by Kathleen StockLesbian
7 months ago by reluctant_commenter to /s/LGBDropTheT from quillette.com
Modern Europe and the Enlightenment—A Review. It effectively dismantles the consensus opinion: that policies supporting mass immigration and a generous asylum policy are best described as “liberal,” while those opposed to such policies are best understood as unenlightened populist reactionaries.
7 months ago by Chipit to /s/books from quillette.com
The Sad Truth About Traditional Environmentalism. What if you’d dedicated most of your life to trying to save the planet, but then you realised that you may have actually—potentially—made things worse? I was one of the leading spokespeople for Extinction Rebellion as recently as last year.
7 months ago by Chipit to /s/environment from quillette.com
White Lotus, Red Dragon—China’s History of Millenarian Dissent. A good rundown of Eastern Lightning and the Taiping Rebellion.
7 months ago by Chipit to /s/Religion from quillette.com
Host Jonathan Kay speaks with conservative activist, book author, and Quillette contributor Kenny Xu about the pressures that Asian-Americans now face to toe the line on progressive race orthodoxies—including acquiescing to their own unfavorable treatment in elite school admissions.
Black Lives Matter and the Psychology of Progressive Fatalism. Last year’s racial activism didn’t arise in a vacuum—it was made possible by a deepening progressive fatalism about race in America and the sharp cultural turn toward identity issues in the 2010s.
7 months ago by Chipit to /s/Psychology from quillette.com
The Gathering Resistance to the Stigmatisation of Masculinity. The perceived need for stories and role models that reaffirm traits and values like these is suggestive of how widespread and pernicious the attack on masculinity has become.
7 months ago by Chipit to /s/therearetwogenders from quillette.com
Education and Masculinity—An Interview with Will Knowland. Masculinity is at the heart of the dispute that led to the English teacher’s dismissal from Eton. Extensively covered by mainstream press, the dispute has brought to light the extent to which Eton has been invaded by ideology.
7 months ago by Chipit to /s/Education from quillette.com
I mentioned some statistical data that appeared to challenge the common narrative that racism is widespread and systemic. My interlocutor’s reply was that he simply did not care about the data—his own experiences as a person of color were more important and trumped any appeal to statistics.
7 months ago by Chipit to /s/Philosophy from quillette.com
Claire Lehmann speaks with Cynical Theories co-author (and Grievance Studies Hoax collaborator) Helen Pluckrose about the influence of postmodern ideas in the formulation of the latest iterations of Critical Race Theory, Queer Theory, and other “intersectional” doctrines.
How Liberal Elites Use Race to Keep Workers Divided—And Justify Class-Based Inequities. Liberals have abandoned history, because they have to believe they are superior to both elites of the past and the contemporary working class, at the same time.
8 months ago by Chipit to /s/politics from quillette.com
Lesbians Aren’t Attracted to a Female ‘Gender Identity.’ We’re Attracted to Women
8 months ago by Chipit to /s/OpinionPieces from quillette.com
Review of Cancelling Comedians While the World Burns: A Critique of the Contemporary Left by Ben Burgis. Burgis is particularly concerned with understanding the mindset of those who join online mobs denouncing people for real or perceived slights against marginalised groups.
8 months ago by Chipit to /s/books from quillette.com
Debate and Disinformation: The Ugly Quarrel Over the UK Government’s Race Report. For a segment of the self-proclaimed Left, the words “institutional racism” conjure a threat so cryptic that it requires no evidence, and so evil that it excuses overt racism.
8 months ago by Chipit to /s/WorldNews from quillette.com
A review of Masochistic Nationalism: Multicultural Self-Hatred and the Infatuation with the Exotic. He argues that many Westerners become fascinated by non-Western cultures because they assume this will provide them with an aura of self-critical virtue.
Podcast #149: Lingnan University scholar Peter Baehr on Academic Life Within Hong Kong’s Increasingly Repressive Political Atmosphere. Jonathan Kay speaks about the many ways in which free speech and democratic politics are being suppressed by China’s mainland communist government.
8 months ago by Chipit to /s/podcasts from quillette.com
When Sons Become Daughters, Part V: The Links Between Trans Identity, Gifted Minds, Categorical Thinking—And Anime
Gaslighting the Concerned Parents of Trans Children—A Psychotherapist’s View
8 months ago by BiologyIsReal to /s/GenderCritical from quillette.com
When Journalism Blurs Into Activism—A Canadian Case Study. This all began with an imaginary teachers’ manual. It ended with us challenging Canada’s self-described “national newspaper” about a range of stories in which ideologically-driven narratives seemed to trump fact.
8 months ago by Chipit to /s/media_criticism from quillette.com