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August 21, 2007

Queered Science: Researcher Harassed And Slandered For Politically Incorrect Theory About "Transgendered" Persons

Even if a scientific theory -- or even just a hunch -- is wrong, certainly science shouldn't label theories blasphemous. And yet that's what an aggressive network of "queer studies" types attempted to do, attempting to hound a man out of his job because he dared to contradict their politically preferred theory of transgender disorders.

They preferred the biological explanation. He dared to suggest it had a significant psychological component. This threatened them, so sexual harassment claims (among other things) seem to have been manufactured against him.

A very interesting piece on the sort of "science" we get in decidedly soft-science areas where what little science there is is easily politicized by an aggressively political "consensus."

Keep it in mind when you read about global warming. The damage here is not just borne by the guy in question, but by even those associated with him; some of his colleagues have been warned to distance themselves from him if they ever want to see federal financing for one of their research projects again.

I think it's safe to say that few scientists, if any, will push the psychological theory of transgenderism again. It's now blasphemous, and the biological explanation is established as the orthodox religion.

And if anyone tells me this sort of thing isn't happening in climatology, I'll tell you you're a buffoon, a dupe, or a liar.

You can't get tenure at a college if you're, say, a historian with a conservative bent. And I'm supposed to believe that those permitted to get jobs in university or government climate studies programs are permitted to contradict AGW without suffering damage to their careers? I'm to believe AGW skeptics are even offered jobs in the first place?

"Consensus." And how is this vaunted consensus achieved, I wonder? Purely through the disinterested majesty of free and full scientific exploration?

Or by less elevated means?

Thanks to Ken.

Thanks to "Danny Elfman" for suggesting a better headline.

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