Scientists Being Dicks
The organisers of the Consensus science event at the ExCel centre in London don’t have much regard for inclusivity, we note. A quite spiteful question was added to (and then pulled from) their FAQ (screen grab below).
I am a fanatical, misandristic ‘feminist’. May I drone on about the lack of women in the line-up and despatch abusive, bigoted, ungrammatical missives to the organisers and presenters?
The world’s smallest anthropomorphized violin sheds a single tear, its bottom lip wobbling. MISANDRYYYYYYYYY
To us, the most interesting part is the contention that
as scientists we have no choice but to accept reality
Did you hear that? No choice! We see this kind of thinking all the time. Trying to hide behind fabricated intellectual integrity is common for people in the sciences, but here’s the rub: it’s weak as hell. Employing a precise, analytical approach to life doesn’t excuse you from empathy. If you find empathy difficult, you need to admit that – don’t just wash your hands of it. Being smart doesn’t mean you’re too smart to be sexist.
Comedian and noted feminist Bill Bailey is speaking at the event. We hope he is disappointed to be associated with such sentiments. Richard Dawkins is speaking at the event too but let’s face it, he probably doesn’t care.