Monday, March 13, 2006

Poison Ivy League

Yale giving a scholarship to the Taliban spokesman and Harvard's busting its president for "sexist" comments are part of their Marxist heritage - they think human beings can be reprogrammed. That's bad science.

Here's the WSJ's take on Yale's terrorist:

Never has an article made me blink with astonishment as much as when I read in yesterday's New York Times magazine that Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, former ambassador-at-large for the Taliban, is now studying at Yale on a U.S. student visa.

In the spring of 2001, I was one of several writers at The Wall Street Journal who interviewed Mr. Rahmatullah at our offices across the street from the World Trade Center. His official title was second foreign secretary; his mission was to explain the regime's decision to rid the country of two 1,000-year-old towering statues of Buddha...

He...said the West had no business worrying about the statues, because it had cut off trade and foreign aid to the Taliban. "When the world destroys the future of our children with economic sanctions, they have no right to worry about our past," he told us, according to my notes from the meeting.

As for Osama bin Laden, Mr. Rahmatullah called the Saudi fugitive a "guest" of his government and said it hadn't been proved that bin Laden was linked to any terrorist acts, despite his indictment in the U.S. for planning the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He said that if the embassy bombings were terrorist acts, then so was the Clinton administration's firing cruise missiles into his country in an attempt to kill bin Laden.

After the meeting I walked him out. I vividly recall our stopping at a window as he stared up at the World Trade Center. We stood there for a minute chatting, but I don't recall what he said. He then left. I next thought about him a few months later, on Sept. 11, as I stood outside our office building covered in dust and debris staring at the remains of the towers that had just collapsed. I occasionally wondered what had happened to Mr. Rahmatullah.

If the Yale administration is not itself evil, why would it import this evil man into its community? It's because they consider evil mutable - with the right sort of education he'll stop murdering gays, oppressing women, destroying history and protecting mass murderers.

And here's VHD on Harvard (my ellipsis):

...outgoing Harvard President Larry Summers, (has) in the past year...apologized repeatedly. His crime? Saying that institutionalized bias might not completely explain the dearth of female scientists and mathematicians on university faculties.Despite trying to placate campus feminist groups by pledging $50 million "to bring about a set of very important cultural changes," he still lost his job.
Same problem - his critics think that men and women can be made to think alike.

The staff of both universities are scientifically ignorant. It's a fact that about 4% of males are psychopaths - like the Taliban spokesman. You cannot reform psychopaths. It's a fact that men and women are wired differently, and excel in different professions. Steven Pinker reviews the science - cognitive science, neuroscience, behavioral genetics and evolutionary psychology - and its implications in The Blank Slate : The Modern Denial of Human Nature. It's a must read of you want to make sense of the destructive ignorance of the left (and, to a lesser degree, of the right).

Science alumni of both universities should never give these dumps another cent.