Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Campus Speech Codes Target the Neurodiverse

There is a fantastic piece by Geoffrey Miller on The Neurodiversity Case for Free Speech in which he makes the argument that Isaac Newton wouldn't have been welcome on today's university campuses.
Ever since the Middle Ages, universities have nurtured people with unusual brains and minds. Historically, academia was a haven for neurodiversity of all sorts. Eccentrics have been hanging out in Cambridge since 1209 and in Harvard since 1636. For centuries, these eccentricity-havens have been our time-traveling bridges from the ancient history of Western civilization to the far future of science, technology, and moral progress. Now thousands of our havens are under threat, and that’s sad and wrong, and we need to fix it.
Now universities actively run off such people. They'll revise your evaluation until they get the low score they're looking for and even claim you weren't "properly hired." Anything to make sure everyone is the same, non-threatening in any way, and completely institutionalized.