That PC has come to this: Academics for Academic Freedom (AFAF) is pissed off with how if academic research stirs controversy for some reason and challenges conventional wisdom, disciplinary action (eg. firing) is being taken against the academic who voiced the research. I thought the whole point of research was to challenge accepted wisdom, otherwise we’d still think the world was flat with heaven above and hell below. The result is that now academics try to avoid controversy – and thus destroy potentially valuable science – in order to not be disciplined in some way. Shouldn’t we be open to free speech and discussion on any subject in the halls of academia?
That this isn’t some weird splinter group is evidenced by the Students for Academic Freedom (SAF) which have a site filled with examples of students being disciplined for “offensive” (ie. someone, somewhere, for some reason doesn’t like it) science.
This makes me sick in the stomach, that we are willing to prefer Political Correctness to furthering knowledge and our understanding of the world we live in, not even allowing for proper debate to refute or support unpopular views.