Social justice has even infected the venerated ranks of science, once a bastion of rational thoughts that has now become the battleground for a feminist researcher with the University of Arizona to air her belief that Newtonian physics is oppressive and hateful, The College Fix reported.
Whitney Stark, who is affiliated with UA’s Institute for LGBT Studies, has proposed a new field of “intersectional quantum physics” that seeks to combine the buzzy feminist concept of intersectionality with the hard science of quantum physics. Doing so, Stark wrote in a journal published by Duke University Press, will increase understanding of “marginalized people” and create “safer spaces” for those disenfranchised science students.
The paper, titled “Assembled Bodies: Reconfiguring Quantum Identities,” goes on to contend that since quantum physics has helped shape our scientific understanding of how the world works, it is also a complicit force behind such ills like racism, sexism, and white supremacy. Because those things also happened in a world governed by science. Or something.
“This structural thinking of individualized separatism with binary and absolute differences as the basis for how the universe works is embedded in many structures of classification,” Stark wrote, suggesting that physics has played a role in creating divisions – like the male/female binary – that are “hierarchical and exploitative.”
Although it is ostensibly about Science, Stark’s paper goes off the rails into familiar SJW territory on multiple occasions. She makes the tenuous argument that quantum physics is somehow responsible for underplaying the role that “black/African American women’s organizing and writing” played in the United States feminist movement.
She also argues for reverse affirmative action (negative action?) by suggesting that white people should actively be removed from certain academic scenarios.
“For instance, I, being white, should not be in all spaces, positions of authority, or meetings,” Stark claims, because by just being there in her oppressive white body, she might “stall” a progressive movement.
Stark holds a master’s degree in “Cyborg and Post Colonial Theory” from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands; it is not clear whether she is actually educated in the realm of quantum physics at all.