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Geophysicist target of awake crowd warns culture cancellation leads to violence

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Dorian Abbot, a professor of geophysics at the University of Chicago, spoke with Tucker Carlson about how culture cancellation and diversity, equality and inclusion tactics can lead to violence and to individuals not treated with dignity and respect.

Abbot explained that he became increasingly concerned during the height of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.

“A year ago, I wasn’t comfortable with the way things are going on campus and off,” Abbot, a Harvard graduate in 2004, told the FOX host.

“I was uncomfortable with ideologies that discourage discourse because if you can’t talk to the other side, the only recourse is violence and I saw that play out in the summer of 2020 and that made me uncomfortable.”

In addition to the riots that often turned violent, Abbot also began speaking out against diversity, equality and inclusion at many universities across the country.

“On campus, I felt uncomfortable with the variety of diversity, equality and inclusion efforts that I felt discriminated against certain groups of people and did not treat them as individuals deserving of dignity and respect. For me, that should be the foundation of any moral system we implement.’

Dorian Abbot, a University of Chicago geophysicist, spoke to Tucker Carlson about the downsides of cancellation culture and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) tactics

Abbot was told a scheduled lecture he was due to give at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology had been canceled due to his stance on DEI

Abbot was told a scheduled lecture he was due to give at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology had been canceled due to his stance on DEI

Tucker Carlson talked about DEI with Abbot on his show Tucker Carlson Today

Tucker Carlson talked about DEI with Abbot on his show Tucker Carlson Today

Carlson agreed with the professor and expanded his point when he said, “That individuals have value as individuals separate from their group identity.”

Abbot explained that he believes in helping underprivileged people and listed some of the charitable work he does, but ultimately said his problem is that: ‘Ultimately we have to treat each person as an individual and I don’t feel in my own right. convenience that a university said well, you’re an Asian student, so we’re not going to give you the same chance as another student.’

Abbot is a Ph.D. in applied mathematics who received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard before joining the University of Chicago as a Chamberlin Fellow in 2009 and then as a faculty member in 2011.

His research focuses on atmospheres, oceans, ice and climate and planetary sciences and cosmochemistry.

On his University of Chicago page, Abbot wrote, “I practice fair admissions: I select students and postdocs based on scientific ability and promise, and I don’t discriminate against any applicant on the basis of anything else. I encourage freedom of expression and creative exploration of ideas in my group.”

Abbot’s appearance on Tucker Carlson Today comes after he published an Oct. 5 piece in Bari Weiss’ Substack newsletter explaining that his MIT lecture was canceled due to his opposition to DEI admissions tactics.

“I’m a professor who just had a prestigious public science lecture at MIT canceled because of an outraged crowd on Twitter,” he wrote.

‘My crime? Advocating for scientific evaluations based on scientific merits.’ Many progressives now argue that equality – equality of results – is more important than equality – giving everyone the same opportunities.’

Abbot wrote that he has been the target of “awakened” students since last year when he posted several videos on YouTube denouncing the Chicago riots that erupted in the wake of the police-involved murder of George Floyd.

The professor said he normally dislikes speaking out about politics, “but the street violence of the summer of 2020, some of which I personally experienced in Chicago, and the justifications and dishonesty that came with it, convinced me.” that I am no longer silent in good conscience.’

Abbot posted clips on YouTube in which he “advanced the importance” of “treating every person as an individual deserving of dignity and respect” and “giving everyone fair and equal opportunities when applying for a position and express an opinion. opinion openly, even if you don’t agree with it.’

According to Abbot, this did not sit well with a group of graduate students from the Department of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago, where he worked.

Abt wrote that he was “immediately the target of cancellation.” A graduate student organized a letter that was posted to the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program listserv, making it easier for an organization to send an email to a group of people.

The Ford Foundation Fellowship Program is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote its commitment to “creativity and free expression.”

The program also claims non-profit status that allows it to claim tax benefits from the Internal Revenue Service provided it does not engage in “political and legislative (lobbying) activities.”

The letter drafted by the students stated that the abbot “threatened the safety and belonging of all underrepresented groups within the department.”

A copy of the letter was included in Abbott’s op-ed. The students’ names have been redacted, but their pronouns have been added to the end of their signatures.

They demanded that Abt’s teaching and research be “so limited that my ability to function as a scientist would be paralyzed,” the professor writes.

But the letter backfired when UC President Robert Zimmer issued a statement expressing the school’s support for teachers’ right to free speech.

Things took a turn for the worse in August when Abbot co-wrote an op-ed for Newsweek arguing that the “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI) initiative embraced on many national college campuses “violates ethical and legal principles.” of equal treatment’. therapy.’

Abbot was denied the opportunity to deliver the Carlson Lecture, which is devoted to

Abt was denied the opportunity to deliver the Carlson Lecture, which is devoted to “new achievements in climate science” and is organized by MIT’s Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. The image above shows the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Abbot published a piece in Bari Weiss's Substack newsletter about the dangers of cancel culture after his prestigious MIT lecture was canceled

Abbot published a piece in Bari Weiss’s Substack newsletter about the dangers of cancel culture after his prestigious MIT lecture was canceled

Abbot is an outspoken opponent of DEI, which he says does not treat people 'as individuals deserving of dignity and respect'

Abbot is an outspoken opponent of DEI, which he says does not treat people ‘as individuals deserving of dignity and respect’

‘Equality’ vs. ‘Equality’: The New Buzzword Explained

At first glance, ‘equality’ and ‘equality’ seem synonymous when looking up the terms in the dictionary.

According to Merriam-Webster, “fair” means “to deal fairly and equally with all concerned,” while “equal” means “of the same measure, quantity, quantity, or number as another.”

But the social justice movement in the United States uses the terms to mean different things.

While ‘equality’ means that everyone gets exactly the same resources, ‘equality’ means dividing resources according to the needs of the recipients.

Critics of the phrase equality — often used by President Biden — say it’s used by modern supporters to strive for equal outcomes.

They say that equality – meaning everyone gets the same chance – is a fairer way of doing things.

DEI, according to abbot and co-author Professor Ivan Marinovic, “treats persons as mere means to an end, giving precedence to a statistic over the individuality of a human being.”

Abbot and Marinovic instead proposed “an alternative framework called Merit, Fairness, and Equality (MFE) where college applicants are treated as individuals and judged through a rigorous and unbiased process based on their merits and qualifications alone.”

The two academics believe that MFE would “end legacy and athletic eligibility benefits, which favor white candidates.”

In response to the Newsweek opinion, critics on Twitter demanded that Abbot be denied the opportunity to offer science seminars and that other speakers be chosen in his place.

The online campaign against Abt escalated last month when students lobbied MIT to invite him from delivering the Carlson lecture, a “great honor in my field,” the professor said.

Abt, who was invited to deliver the talk last January, writes that a “Twitter crowd” began demanding that MIT invite him to deliver the talk.

‘It worked. And quickly,” says Abt.

He said the chairman of the EAPS at MIT called him on Sept. 30 to inform him that the prestigious Boston University would cancel the annual lecture “to avoid controversy.”

Abbot lamented the fact that “a small group of ideologues mounted a Twitter campaign to cancel a prominent science lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology because they disagreed with some of the political stances the speaker had taken.”

“And they were successful within eight days.”

“I consider this episode an example and a striking illustration of the threat ideology poses to our culture, our institutions and our freedoms,” Abbot wrote.

“I have consistently maintained that the awakened ideology is essentially totalitarian in nature: it seeks to summarize the whole of human existence in one narrow ideological point of view and silence anyone who disagrees with it.”

Abbot’s speech was moved to Princeton University, with thousands of people registering for the remote lecture delivered last Thursday.

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