The progressive outlook truly is rooted, as billionaire Elon Musk put it, in a “woke mind virus” that has now found a way to qualify even space, and primarily the study of it, as “steeped in systemic racism and white supremacy.”
Natalie Gosnell is an assistant professor of physics at Colorado College for which the motto, “scientia et disciplina,” loosely translates to “learning through hard work.” Despite having earned her bachelor’s in physics, master’s in astronomy, and Ph.D. in Astronomy with a physics minor, the assistant professor didn’t seem too keen on that concept as she lamented in a recent interview that her strict, “hyper-masculine” field is limiting her creativity.
Speaking with Colorado College News, Gosnell, who describes on her website that her work aims “to cross typical disciplinary boundaries to create art-science pieces that re-inscribe outer space as feminist space,” attempted to simplify her studies as no different than art and said, “Both artists and scientists are just observing things about the world, interpreting those observations, and then sharing their interpretation.”
The assistant professor, with pronouns in her bio and a protected Twitter account, went on to peddle victimhood and told the outlet, “As an astrophysicist, I am a product of institutions steeped in systemic racism and white supremacy.”
“The tenants of white supremacy emerging [in physics] of individualism and exceptionalism and perfectionism…it’s an either-or thinking and there’s no subtlety, there’s no gray area,” she continued, sounding like a spokesperson for Common Core math. “All of this is manifested in the way we think about our research and what counts as good research, what counts as important research.”
One of Gosnell’s main gripes appeared to be with language itself as she took umbrage with violent, and therefore subjectively not feminist, terms like “Vampire star” and “Cannibal star” while also making an obscure reference to a metaphor not typically used describing a particular kind of colliding star as “bad boys.”
“I think because science and art were so separate, and there’s […] systemic questions within science, the metaphors that are often chosen [to discuss science] are very violent and hyper-masculine,” she argued.
Without going further into the fact that the two most recognizable physicists in the United States, and perhaps the world, today would both be considered minorities in this country, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Michio Kaku, Gosnell’s position seemed founded on her own desires to stray from “hard science” to provide students, not with a better understanding of physics. (you know, the reason they enrolled in a course teaching physics), but with a stronger “physics identity.”
As the outlet wrote, “She also has created a new curriculum in which creativity is directly embedded into classes, which is not the norm in the physics classroom. In true astrophysicist fashion, she is conducting research on her teaching method by following students’ progress in physics identity and belongingness after they’ve taken her class. She’s conducted it three times thus far and has already seen that people (everyone–not just white males) have a stronger sense of physics identity following her classes.”
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