Videocast discussion of the Coyne/Maroja paper this evening

July 6, 2023 • 9:00 am

Just a reminder that this evening, starting at 7 p.m. Eastern Ti9me, Luana Maroja and l will discuss our Skeptical Inquirer paper “The ideological subversion of biology” (free at the link.) It would be nice if you read it beforehand, but it’s not essential. The discussion will be started and moderated by moderated by Robyn Blumner, the head of the Center for Inquiry and of the Richard Dawkins Foundation,

The total time should be about an hour, and there will be a few questions for us, posed by listeners, at the end.

My announcement of the even was here; and the official site and registration are here, or click on the screenshot below. You have to register to get the link, but it’s only a matter of providing your name and email.

Fom the site:

In “The Ideological Subversion of Biology,” the cover feature of the July/August 2023 issue of Skeptical InquirerJerry A. Coyne and Luana S. Maroja deliver a powerful and provocative warning about the dangers of trying to make scientific reality conform to the political winds. It’s an absolute must-read for anyone who agrees that science must be objective and empirical—not ideological.

Join us on Thursday, July 6, at 7:00 p.m. ET for a special Skeptical Inquirer Presents livestream with Jerry A. Coyne and Luana S. Maroja, hosted by Robyn E. Blumner, CEO and president of the Center for Inquiry. They’ll discuss how the field of evolutionary and organismal biology has been “impeded or misrepresented by ideology,” how the erosion of free inquiry in science due to progressive ideology is damaging both intellectually and materially, and, most importantly, what can be done about it. If things don’t change, they warn, “in a few decades science will be very different from what it is now. Indeed, it’s doubtful that we’d recognize it as science at all.”

See you there!

8 thoughts on “Videocast discussion of the Coyne/Maroja paper this evening

  1. I sent the flyer to friends and registered the day you first mentioned it and the sponsors have been excellent about sending out periodic reminders, even as recently as yesterday. So i am looking forward to it tonight.

  2. I ‘successfully registered’ at Zoom, but subsequently I had to download all kind of things and accept all cookies (the ‘manage my settings’ didn’t work), so I can’t listen to the video, to my regret. If Zoom told you it was just a registration of name and email, they lied to you.

  3. I enjoyed the talk, but I want to reinforce one idea that I think didn’t (and doesn’t in general) get enough emphasis.

    Robyn Blumner asked, “Why not go after the Right Wing?”

    Because “progressives” are the ones who have taken over university administrations.
    Because “progressives” are the ones who have taken over research funding agencies.
    Because “progressives” are the ones who have taken over journal editorships.
    Because “progressives” are the ones who have taken over conferences.
    Because “progressives” are the ones who have taken over textbook production.
    Because “progressives” are the ones who have purged opposition views from Academia.
    Because “progressives” are the ones who have taken over professional societies (such as the AMA).
    Because “progressives” are the ones who have taken over K-12 education.

    Nothing coming from the Right has ever come anywhere close to this level of control. Never have the Right-wingers ever attempted so strongly to undermine the very concept of science. Right-wingers may dislike the results of much scientific research, but they have never shown the level of totalitarian authoritarianism we see coming from the Left.

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