30 May 2017

Fighting the Oppression of Newtonian Physics

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The College Fix:

‘Binary and absolute differences’ are ‘exploitative’

A feminist academic affiliated with the University of Arizona has invented a new theory of “intersectional quantum physics,” and told the world about it in a journal published by Duke University Press.

Whitney Stark argues in support of “combining intersectionality and quantum physics” to better understand “marginalized people” and to create “safer spaces” for them, in the latest issue of The Minnesota Review.

Because traditional quantum physics theory has influenced humanity’s understanding of the world, it has also helped lend credence to the ongoing regime of racism, sexism and classism that hurts minorities, Stark writes in “Assembled Bodies: Reconfiguring Quantum Identities.”

A researcher in culture and gender studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, Stark also holds an appointment in women’s and gender studies at the University of Arizona through its Institute for LGBT Studies.

She is a member of the Somatechnics Research Network, hosted by UA, whose scholars “reflect on the mutual inextricability of embodiment and technology.”

Stark identifies Newtonian physics as one of the main culprits behind oppression. “Newtonian physics,” she writes, has “separated beings” based on their “binary and absolute differences.”

“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,” according to Stark.

These structures of classification, such as male/female, or living/non-living, are “hierarchical and exploitative” and are thusly “part of the apparatus that enables oppression.”

Therefore, Stark argues in favor of combining intersectionality and quantum physics theory to fight against the imperative to classify people based on hierarchical categories.


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IMHO “marginalized” people are mentally ill. I don’t mean that as a pejorative but simply as a common sense observation. In most cases they marginalized themselves as a defense to avoid the controversy that their mental illness directed actions generates.

Ask yourself why a women, young or old, chooses to dye their hair pink, blue or purple. This isn’t “normal”. A very small example to be sure but most people would agree that dying your hair pink isn’t normal and is in fact a desperate plea for help. There are a million or so of these “tells” and it is simple human nature that we humans can pick them out and respond to them. Even a baby can tell things about an adult who acts out of the normal range. Marginalization is a self imposed action intended to compensate for the inevitable discovery that the person in question is simply not normal. The attempt to “mainline” the marginalized is an attempt to redefine “normal”.

Dick the Butcher

GWTW: You are the man!

Seen elsewhere: The long journey into darkness of the sick liberal (redundant) psyche – mental illness forged into political ideology.

A friend of one of my excellent (All three are) sons posted on Facebook (another alternate universe of abstract bullshit) something to the effect of the following: White privilege – the benefit to be called a racist by someone that knows nothing about you, except that you are white.

Something observed a while back: In the insane asylum that once was the Academy facts, grammar, History, literacy, mathematics, punctuality, personal responsibility, truth, and now physics are racist, sexist, classist, etc.-ist.

America has devolved past the point of hoisting the black flag and cutting throats.


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