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Default [OT] 'Gravity is racist?'

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Gravity is racist? Sheffield Uni. wants disclaimers on Isaac Newton‘s
theories, says he benefited from colonial activity‘

Newton‘s 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 ”historical context• that
should be added to lessons is left unexplained, and it is not clear how
Newton may have benefited from ”colonial-era activity.•

Yet Newton isn‘t 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.

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 ”oppression• of this world.

It‘s been applied to history and political science, and invoked to topple
statues of famous figures considered offensive to modern tastes. However,
it‘s also been applied to some unlikely subjects. Academics have argued
that classical music, mathematics and ecology are all ripe for
”decolonization,• on account of their domination by the white West.


Also contains links to:

It‘s now white, male and elite‘ to spell properly, say woke UK

Writing music down like Mozart did is white hegemony‘, proposed reform
of Oxford‘s curriculum reportedly claims.

I noted, a couple of years ago, that in South Africa studenst were
objecting to "White Science". Had they thoughtb it through, they might
have realised electricity come via "White Science", so turn it off.

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