When the ‘dark academia’ fashion craze came to an end
When the “dark academia” fashion craak was over, many people were left with the impression that this had been the last gasp of the “modern academia” that had long dominated the academic world.
It wasn’t until the mid-1990s that many of the academic “gurus” who had been advocating for the demise of “modern academics” (or at least the academic elite) began to publicly talk about the “death of the modern academic”.
One such “guru” was the late Australian Professor Geoffrey Miller, whose work on the “genealogy of science” was so influential that he was named as one of the 15 “ten greatest scholars of science ever” by Science magazine.
A few years after Miller died in 2010, the “G.E. Miller Prize” was established, which was awarded annually to the “geneticist, archaeologist, historian and biographer of the century”.
A recent example of this “greed” is the recent discovery of “a rare human fossilised on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in the area of the Middle Passage”.
This “coveted” fossil had been “thrown in the sea”, along with its “genome”, in hopes of being “transferred” into the DNA of the future generations.
But instead, it was returned to its rightful owners in a very brief period of time, only to be found several years later by another “gorgeous” archaeologist.
In another example of the greed that is rampant within the “science” establishment, in September 2016, an award was announced for a “genomic geneticist”, which was supposed to “reinvent” the field of genetic research by “creating a new field of knowledge, science, technology and innovation”.
But the person named to this award, Dr William Kornbluh, was actually the founder of the infamous “Big Science” company, Biogen, which has been the subject of multiple lawsuits and accusations of fraud and unethical practices for decades.
Another “greece of science”, which had been touted as the “new” academic “model”, was also found to have been funded by the US government to the tune of $5.5m, including an $800,000 grant to the American College of Pediatricians to “develop and promote a comprehensive, culturally responsive, multidisciplinary, multilayered and integrated pediatrics programme for the development of paediatricians and paediatric specialists in the US”.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has been in “denial” for decades that they have anything to do with the “reform” of “child protection”.
It is this denial that is causing so much concern.
The “gravestone” of the world of academia, and the academic profession, is being demolished.
The science that is being taught in colleges is being replaced with a new “gospel” of relativism and multiculturalism.
Academia is being pushed into the 21st century, and many of its practitioners are being forced to live in “alternative lifestyles”.
In the United States, where I live, the American Psychological Association (APA) is being forced out of its current “mission statement” by the “American Psychological Association”, which is an organization which has long advocated the idea of “cultural relativism”.
The APA “statement” declares that “we are in the midst of a cultural transformation” and states: “The APA Statement of Purpose states that the purpose of the APA is to advance the science, the profession and the profession of psychology.
In our view, this is an essential component of advancing the mission of the American Psychology Association, to advance knowledge and to make the profession the best of all professions.”
The “science of psychology” is being reduced to a “cultural theory” that promotes the “value of diversity”.
There are now over a million “postdoctoral positions” open at universities in the United Kingdom.
In Australia, we are in a position where many “postdocs” have been forced to leave their jobs because of their “postdoc” status, and now have to live on “student stipends” that are based on “the quality of their teaching experience”.
As a result, a number of people are leaving the academic community, and becoming self-employed.
It is now clear that the “golden age” of academic work, which for so many decades was seen as the pinnacle of human achievement, has been transformed into a nightmare.
The new “gold standard” in academic research, in fact, is a field called “post-doctoral research”.
This has been described by the journal Nature as “the last great frontier of research”, where researchers can pursue “new and unexpected research directions”.
This is being transformed into the equivalent of “postgraduate training”, where students are being “educated in a field of study in which they are not