So much to blog about! So little time! So much of interest, yet I don’t always have much to say about them!
So I want to experiment with a new feature on this blog: short bits of information, oddities, and observations. A “miscellany,” which means “a miscellaneous collection or group of various or somewhat unrelated items.”
I might do this weekly, I might do it occasionally, or I might never do it again, depending on how you like it. Here goes:
New Zealand and Maori Science. New Zealand schools must now teach Maori “ways of knowing,” grounded in myth and tribal lore, alongside courses in modern science. Militant atheist Richard Dawkins is raising the alarm about this, calling Maori beliefs a form of “creationism” (the worst critique he can imagine). He has a point, though, that animistic worldviews are not on a par with the scientific method. But this is what happens when we adopt the postmodernist assumptions that there is no objective truth and that knowledge is determined by culture. Throw in critical theory’s concerns about “white supremacy” and “colonialism,” and the science we take for granted and depend on cannot survive. (HT: Bob Foote)