Petition in Defense of Academic Freedom. “Effectiveness of Face Mask ” Banned From Classroom Discussion?:
Dear President Hamilton,
Herewith I am submitting my petition in defense of academic freedom and free speech, prompted by my unfortunate experience at NYU since Sept. 20, when, as you are well aware, a student in my undergraduate propaganda course, “Mass Persuasion and Propaganda” (MCC-UE 1014), took to Twitter to demand that NYU fire me, for suggesting that the class look into the scientific studies of the effectiveness of masks against transmission of respiratory viruses. It was not the student’s tweets that decided me to publish the petition, but NYU’s response to them: a tweet of thanks from my department chair, with assurances that my department had made her grievance “a priority”; an email from Dean Jack Knott, and Dr. Carlo Ciotoli, to my other students (without myself on copy), hinting that I had dangerously misinformed them, and including links to studies that they should accept without question (studies that I also had encouraged them to read, albeit with an open mind); and pressure from my chair to cancel next semester’s propaganda course (which I’ve been teaching for over twenty years, usually twice a year at least) in favor of two sections of “Film: History and Form” (MCC-UE 1007).
Before giving you some sense of the diversity and eminence of many of the petition’s signatories, I feel it is appropriate to note what’s happened since I published it (although FIRE made you aware of it, in their comprehensive letter of Nov. 13). Evidently angered by its affirmation of my academic freedom, and my request that NYU respect that freedom, a majority of my department colleagues sent Dean Knott a letter on Oct. 21, urging him to order a “review” of my “conduct,” which they deem reprehensible not just because I had suggested that my students read those scientific studies, but, as they assert at length, because I am a menace in the classroom and beyond, engaging in “explicit hate speech,” “intimidation of students, staff and colleagues,” advocating for “an unsafe learning environment,” and otherwise behaving in a manner that bears no relation whatsoever to the way I teach, treat others generally, and always have done. They made that case in hopes that it will obviate my academic freedom, enabling whatever “disciplinary measures” NYU may deem “appropriate.” Although I explained to Dean Knott that my colleagues’ accusations are sheer fantasy, at the urging of NYU’s lawyers he complied with their demand, and ordered that review, which is ongoing…
DB Note: The corporate owned and operated Darwinian-faithful will not contend with heretics and blasphemers, or those who claim that, with respect to THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD, the science is never settled. Oh no, open discussion of so called “settled science” issues is verboten, even though legitimate science is never settled, as any legitimate scientist would concur:
“The Scientific Method is a wonderful tool as long as you don’t care which way the outcome turns; however, this process fails the second one’s perception interferes with the interpretation of data. This is why I don’t take anything in life as an absolute…even if someone can “prove” it “scientifically.”
If what a scientist is pandering as “settled science” is accurate and truthful, then why would this scientist refuse to openly debate with other scientists who disagree with him? Or better yet, why would this “settled science” pandering scientist seek to censor the scientists who disagree with him?
Here’s my answer to both questions: Only liars and criminals refuse to be questioned, because they can’t afford to have their lies, nor themselves, exposed by the facts/truth.
“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution”
Quote from the following article:
At the site, fluoridefreepeel.ca, you will find a number of FOIA requests to public health agencies (see examples here and here). These requests are asking for records showing that SARS-CoV-2 has been isolated. The repetitive and routine reply is: “We have no records at this agency.” Taken together, they paint a picture of egregious fraud.
Mainstream scientists will make two claims: one, we have isolated the virus; and two, it is not necessary to isolate the virus, because we’ve discovered its genetic sequence. Both claims are false.
From reading the arcane language surrounding claims of having sequenced the virus, I see an apparent multi-layered scam composed of leaps of unwarranted assumptions. The researchers say they are using tools that allow them to closely approximate the structure of SARS-CoV-2, even though they don’t have the virus in hand. This is absurd.
It’s like saying: There is a new planet in the solar system. We don’t know where it is or what it looks like. We don’t know what processes are at work on this new planet. But we do know the moon is a very close approximation of the planet. Therefore, we can know everything we need to know about the new planet from our knowledge of the moon.
And a rabbit is spaceship. And there are condos for sale on Jupiter. And new element #267587, which no one has ever seen, is almost an exact copy of Philadelphia Cream Cheese.
The science is settled.