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Default [OT] 'Gravity is racist?'

On 29/04/2021 10:50, Spike wrote:


Gravity is racist? Sheffield Uni. wants disclaimers on Isaac Newtons
theories, says he benefited from €˜colonial activity

Newtons discoveries are not controversial, yet if the documents are to
be understood correctly, the fact that they were made during a time of
European colonialism makes them suspect. The €œhistorical context€ that
should be added to lessons is left unexplained, and it is not clear how
Newton may have benefited from €œcolonial-era activity.€

Yet Newton isnt the only thinker being re-examined by the university.
Pioneering scientists like Paul Dirac, Pierre-Simon Laplace and
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz are all up for review.

Does this mean the unit of force will be called the Mandela? Better to
be named after a terrorist.

€˜Decolonization is a hot term among social justice-minded academics.
Put simply it involves rethinking the notion that Western science,
philosophy, and knowledge in general are superior to theories from the
non-Western world, and contribute to the €œoppression€ of this world.

Its been applied to history and political science, and invoked to
topple statues of famous figures considered offensive to modern tastes.
However, its also been applied to some unlikely subjects. Academics
have argued that classical music, mathematics and ecology are all ripe
for €œdecolonization,€ on account of their domination by the white West.


Also contains links to:

Its now €˜white, male and elite to spell properly, say woke UK universities

Writing music down like Mozart did is €˜white hegemony, proposed reform
of Oxfords curriculum reportedly claims.

Most of these ideas get very little traction, but will always exist.