Author: Hamadryad

Hamadryad is a long-time science observer who wishes to remain anonymous.

Minding the Sciences — Death of a Science Academy

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine forget … Science In July 2020, just two months after the killing of George Floyd, chairwoman of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, 84-year-old civil-rights pioneer Eddie Bernice Johnson, asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) [T]o take action on research […]

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Affirmative Action Forever

In a 2003 Supreme Court decision, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor famously said, “We expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary.” Five years to go and … fat chance. Academia’s support for racial preferences has only increased since 2020—the year of racial hysteria and COVID panic—and it shows […]

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Against Merit

Science should be just and representative, says Science editor “It matters who does science,” reads the headline of a recent editorial by Holden Thorp, editor-in-chief of the top American general science journal, Science. Well, of course it matters. Science should be done by people who are knowledgeable, honest, curious, and open to criticism. But that’s […]

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Never Mind Science—Be Authentic

“Animal Cognition” becomes “Human Ideology” “Allies … will have ‘ALLY’ presented on their name badges at the conference.” What kind of conference is this, one wonders? Athletic? Religious? Political? None of the above. This is the 2023 conference of the Comparative Cognition Society (CCS), a small scientific organization devoted to understanding the intelligence and learning […]

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