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The Cosmic Star - Chapter 03_Page_16

April 17th, 2017, 12:54 am
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memBrain April 18th, 2017, 1:49 am
Perpetually offended... You just went up several points in my estimation for that little "rant".
adam (Guest) April 20th, 2017, 8:34 am
To be frank, if that's the highest achievement he can name to an entire university, then he is a great dissapointment. You have an university on a city-starship, likely at the cutting edge of astronomical research and your best introduction to it is "we ain't like those wuss-loving earth universities"? Seriously?

I have yet to read or hear anyone who uses the term SJW unironically to be anything but a giant pissant themselves.
superzentredi April 20th, 2017, 9:45 pm
@adam: Oh don't mind the Professor, hes a grump. There is room for all opinions on the great Cosmic Star. Surely the most important statement was the one he made about people learning how to think for themselves...
adam (Guest) April 22nd, 2017, 9:59 am
@superzentredi:
Having sensitivity and being able to think for yourself are two different, unrelated things. Frankly, "being able to think for yourself" is something that EVERY university, particularly science universities, are supposed to teach. It's kind of like saying they study students how to do research. That's not praise, that's the minimum.

As for sensitivity I actually looked up what "safe places" are on Wikipedia and RationalWiki (we have no such thing in universities in my country and hardly imagine that they are). As far as I can figure out they are about making educational facilities free from hate speech and harassment. Which is what universities are supposed to do and have done in the past. Make them places of learning and intellect, bastions from oppression due to religion, race, nationality and today, sexuality.

Prof's little rant does not come across as "grumpy" but bigoted. Again, the only people who I have ever seen use the term "SJW" unironically are bigots that are outraged that their bigoted beliefs are questioned and have no intellectual resort but mock those that challenge them by painting them with things like "perpetually offended".

Also, I would imagine that an explorer ship's university would be more in name rather than function in traditional function. That it would be populated with undergraduates and other already-qualified students (with actual degrees) who not only can already do science and research but are actually doing them. To put new scientists and students close to the field. Not freshmen who have to be taught science first (unless this is a generation ship), they can do that more cheaply on Earth or on habitats.