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    • Would you believe a "scientist" who thinks that the idea that all humans originated in one geographical area of the planet and migrated from there to all other points on the planet is a biased white man's view of indigeneous peoples?

      Listen to this episode from the December 25 broadcast of "Science Friday."

    • No I don’t accept cultural relativism. Native ways of knowing aren’t equivalent to western science. And I’m well aware of the many faults of western science particularly after just reading Science Fictions by Stuart Ritchie. As a teacher I was exposed to another teacher who was trying to teach this aboriginal ways of knowing in science class. Truth is she didn’t know much science and floundered when questioned by someone who did. Having received a masters degree in sociology with a focus on history of science and technology, and having personally researched and written a huge paper on the sociological influences on science and technology, I can tell you cultural reletavism has a very small amount to contribute to science. Dumbing science down isn’t going to magically increase aboriginal enrollment and success in STEM. There are serious issues in First Nations education and it begins way way before they get to the post secondary level. It is sad however what a wasted resource we have with the aboriginal challenges. This is an issue that nobody has a good answer to and many great thinkers have worked on it.

    • Although I agree with what you said about "cultural relativism" what really irked me is the fact that this so-called anthropologist was rejecting the common ancestry of all humanity. She is not a geneticist but she sits herslf in judgment on those who have demonstrated that the genetic ancestry of all humans is one common ancestry.

    • I can tell you from personal experience that there are lots of professors in university in sociology and women’s studies that reject many well established scientific ‘facts’. They preach tabula rasa and that it’s all upbringing and cultural influences. One of my professors vehemently denied sexual dimorphism among humans for example and when I referenced assorted well regarded scientists she refused to pass my paper. Everything had to be as she preached it. This was in a masters class. The other students just basically looked at her wide eyed but no one other than me would speak up because they were afraid of not passing. I had other professors that were tearing down scientists work when they clearly hadn’t read it (I had). It’s one of the reasons I left academia and turned to studying and teaching science.