Can Social Justice Build a Better Bridge?

FIU Bridge Collapse
Image : Reuters via ET

Social Justice Warriors Infiltrate Engineering Schools

Engineering education has been infiltrated by a “phalanx of social justice warriors” who are steadily corrupting the field, according to a Michigan State University professor.

“They have sought out the soft underbelly of engineering, where phrases such as ‘diversity’ and ‘different perspectives’ and ‘racial gaps’ and ‘unfairness’ and ‘unequal outcomes’ make up the daily vocabulary,” asserts Mechanical Engineering professor Indrek Wichman in an essay published Wednesday by the James G. Martin Center. __ Source

If the bridge collapse at Florida International University earlier this year is an example of the kind of work that “social justice engineers” can accomplish, we may want to rethink this entire “social justice engineering” approach to overhauling the US engineering profession.

Can LSD Build Better Disruptive Technologies?

Meanwhile on the US left coast, Silicon Valley’s best and brightest are simmering their brains in a mixture of LSD, Adderall, Ayahuasca, and ectstasy. They are hoping that frying their brains on low heat (microdosing) will give their brains the kind of ideas that “will change everything.”

While the use of mind-altering substances here is nothing new, I spoke to just over a dozen people who all said consumption was increasing once again. Obviously, there are major problems with addiction to opiates and alcohol here, as elsewhere. But people in Silicon Valley tend to view drugs differently from those in places like, say, Hollywood and Wall Street. The point is less to let off steam or lose your inhibitions than to improve your mind.

“No one can afford to lose a step here anymore, so they want to hack the experience to make it work for their time-constrained schedules,” said one techie. “You want to be super lucid now.”

… Another tech executive compares it to what Bradley Cooper did in the movie “Limitless,” about a man who uses a mystery drug to become much smarter than anyone else. “… the idea of a having a heightened sense of awareness and also being totally functional appeals to people now,” he said. “Whatever can get you to that place without a lot of downside — like addiction — is preferred.”

That is why everyone he knows microdoses, saving the longer-acting drugs like Ecstasy for the rare occasions when they want to party and relax. As always, Adderall is often used to plow through work. __ NYT

There is also the suggestion in the article above that Elon Musk’s drug use may be causing him to post tweets of the highly batty variety that can get him into trouble.

LSD vs. Social Justice: Which Way to Choose?

The judicious use of mind-altering drugs may possibly open new “doors of perception” for bright people who have never in their lives stepped away from straight-line logic and simple cause and effect thinking. Caution, pacing, and close supervision are paramount when attempting this approach to innovation.

Modern “social justice,” on the other hand, can never be used judiciously, as from its head to its toes it is designed to cause a revolutionary overturning of social norms and traditions. It is no accident that the “social justice movement” received a massive boost from the Obama administration — sometimes to the tune of $billions in diverted federal funding. The surprise election of Donald Trump as US President upset a lot of corrupt applecarts in the social justice back streets and alleys. Consequently, the links between the radical left and almost all aspects of the mainstream news and entertainment media have never been seen so clearly as in their infantile caterwaulings of the past 21 months.

Forcing revolutionary “social justice” on science and engineering is just another form of sabotage and power grab by radical activists of the gauche persuasion.

A Clear Choice

If humans want to build an abundant and expansive future along with a pristine environment, they will need to get the best out of their engineers. Unleashing the social justice wrecking ball on the engineering departments of universities is a singularly unwise approach to making the world a better place. It may be less clear that using mind-altering drugs is likewise not the best overall approach to the mentally clear evolution of an abundant, expansive, and pristine world.

The basis of most of these poor choices among engineers and engineering education is the horrendous approaches to contemporary child-rearing and education of young children up to the university level. If children cannot see the problems in radical “social justice” and the overuse of brain drugs, then in many important ways they are likely to remain children their entire lives.

And so we see again in too many cases, the academic lobotomy and the perpetually incompetent psychological neotenate as the main products of modern universities — along with ungodly student loan debt.

Fortunately, it is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood © .

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Cognition, Disruptive Technologies, innovation and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Can Social Justice Build a Better Bridge?

  1. J says:

    Apparently the immediate cause of the collapse was the over-tightening of the cables by the workers, that is, the incompetence of the workers. And/or the engineers that ordered that tightening and did not supervise the implementation. I do not think the bridge was badly designed, there are thousands everywhere, it is really low tech.

    • alfin2101 says:

      Improper cable adjustments may well have been a proximate cause for the bridge collapse. But it is best not to stop there in one’s analysis. I have not yet read a reasonable comprehensive explanation for the collapse that takes into account all phases of the bridge-building process, from pre-design all the way to the catastrophically aborted installation. If you can point to such an explanation (not the YouTube videos), I would consider it a service to readers here if you might provide a link.

      It is my understanding that a final report on the disaster will not come until 2019 at the earliest.
      https://www.enr.com/articles/44566-investigators-explain-focus-on-pre-collapse-cracking-in-florida-bridge

  2. yoananda says:

    Don’t you think silicon valley is FULL of SJW ? (look at Facebook Google for example promoting SJW via their algorithms)
    SJW cannot build a bridge, but they surely can build a social network …

    • alfin2101 says:

      SJWs are a parasitic overgrowth in silicon valley, but there is a lot more going on in the South Bay than SJWs. The US left is fragmented in several pieces, of which the SJWs happen to be the most vocal and violent at this time. But the smarter leftists swim in deeper waters than the SJWs, and at the interface there are frequent clashes between various leftist factions. The key to the future of the US left is how government funding to universities (and other cultural institutions) shifts over time. Without a constant infusion of government funding (both from the US government and from a number of other governments including the Russian and Chinese governments) the US left would soon weaken.

  3. Pingback: Burn the rainbow and the SJW caste system. – Dark Brightness

Comments are closed.