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Default [OT] 'Gravity is racist?'

On 29 Apr 2021 at 11:31:07 BST, "Dex" wrote:

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.

€˜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.

Its always some unnamed professors or consultants....

Isn't this what the Americans call "fake news"? Like most of the stories
about silly EU rules, and made up by the same people?

What is true is that most major scientific theories have many origins, and it
is often a bit arbitrary (and nationalistic) who gets chosen as the main

Roger Hayter