Scientific American, like many older publications, wanted to get into the blogging game. Unfortunately Scientific America was not too picky about whom it let through the door. And it made the mistake of having Danielle Lee write a blog called The Urban Scientist. Urban is liberal code for Black. Obviously Scientific American was looking to push some minority friendly stories. But its focus was on science. It didn’t realize that identity politics and science go together about as well as phrenology and science or as well as Scientology and science. Danielle Lee blogged the usual empty nonsense. Bugs she saw. Food
Count me as another who cancelled their subscriptions to several scientific publications because of the opinionated political slant. Science has always been political to some extent but when conclusions go contrary to the data in an article just to conform with political plans then it has gotten absurd. What kind of power is there that could turn supposedly intelligent people to not revolt against the oxymoronic idiocy in writing things like "there is belief that climate change will cause vast changes in *whatever the article is about*" almost every article in the publications?
Obviously, Scientific American has devolved under its liberal leadership. A true science magazine run by serious people would expect contributors to be mature adults.
In contrast, the code word "Urban" has evolved. It no longer means simply "Black". It is now a sweeping generalization for being a person of any color who is fashionably ignorant and/or emotionally retarded.
Scientific American became a left oriented mildly scientific but opinionated magazine some time ago. They held out longer than most of the ´news´ magazines but finally succumbed to the leftward drift of the entire publishing industry. I take it the fact that most of those publications are struggling to survive now indicates that the rest of the country isn´t also drifting left or at least not as fast.
Ms Lee says her area of study is "examining proximate and ultimate causes of animal behavior from the perspective of the natural history of the subject."
I´d say that just about describes her "urban" behavior. Thin-skinned, combative, quick to pull the race card, sense of entitlement, gutter language to describe things more appropriately described using standard English, etc.
You can take the girl out of the urban, but you can´t take the urban out of the girl.
Me,too #11. As a non-practicing chemist I became disillusioned about the same time or earlier. Sad moment but truly justifies decision. Reminded me of queasy feeling I got when I was working in research and saw the beginning of funding as chased by my boss.
In remember when Scientific America published a wide variety of rigorously selected and challenging scientific papers. it was considered graduate level stuff for scientifically literate readers. Often the math would leave me behind, but the fascinating ideas remained. then it became PopSci Lite, a substandard rehash at a 6th grade level. I canceled. Renew? Not us. Not for many years. Smithsonian and National Geographic, likewise, can peddle their unsupported pseudoscientific propaganda elsewhere. Their pleas go straight to the recycle bin,
I remember signing up for Discover when it first started. I was a subscriber to Scientific American and National Geographic for years. I stopped reading them all years ago, like others here, when they stopped being about science.
It´s ironic that Scientific American could have avoided all this hassle if they had just stuck to being a scientific journal. They let the leftists take over, and it´s the leftists that turned on them. The magazine had a chance to regain a shred of respect but they blew it by giving in.
SciAm started down hill when it was sold and the new owners about 20 years ago and they mandated that any article published had to be authored by a Phd which ended the Amateur Scientist and Mathematical Games and then the entire issue devoted to attacking Bjorn was the end for me, a few years ago was given a free sub and the first few issues were only mildly left but the level of most of the articles were basic at best - then came another full tilt issue and from then on went from PO box to recycle along with all the renewal pleas
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