January 3, 2024 | Jerry Bergman

Back in Print: Bergman’s “Slaughter of the Dissidents” Series

5 volumes of discrimination books reprinted.
And is academia a meritocracy?

 

by Jerry Bergman, PhD

For the last two years, my three Darwin-doubter discrimination books and two Doorway books have been out of print. Consequently, I have been unable to fulfill orders for these books. However, new editions of five of my books are now again in print. The main focus of these books is that academia, which claims to be, and is often believed to be, a meritocracy, very often is not.

A meritocracy is where hiring and promotion is based on merit. In academia, merit refers to degrees earned, publications, and other achievements related to the subject one is teaching. My writings show that awards are all too often not based on merit but irrelevant criteria such as sex, race, or sexual orientation.

The titles of the books released in new editions are:

  • Slaughter of the Dissidents: The Shocking Truth About Killing the Careers of Darwin Doubters
  • Silencing the Darwin Skeptics: The War Against Theists
  • The War Against Theists, Censoring the Darwin Skeptics: How Belief in Evolution is Enforced by Eliminating Dissidents

In addition, two of my other books have been reprinted:

  • Science is the Doorway to Creation: Nobel Laureates and other Eminent Scientists who reject Orthodox Darwinism
  • Darwinism is the Doorway to Atheism: Why Creationists Become Evolutionists

These five books focus on the problems that creationists and Intelligent Design (ID) supporters commonly experience at all levels of academia, mostly the high-school and college levels. This problem has been especially acute in the natural science and behavioral science areas, and less so in areas like music, art, literature, history, and the applied sciences such as medicine.

One concern is that so many people, including myself—until I did the research—questioned the accuracy of many of the accounts documented in my books. Critics believed that university professors are generally very well-educated, tolerant academics, allowing their academic colleagues to hold eccentric ideas and views. These books show otherwise.

Academia and Meritocracy Today

It is also commonly believed that academia is the ideal meritocracy. My view as a student was my professors were very professional and collegial, defending the value of academic freedom and scholarship above common petty concerns, such as is common in politics. New scholarly academic research has challenged this naïve view.

First, research has documented that scientific racism, i.e., that Darwinism generated negative views of Blacks, was in some colleges a serious problem.[1] I have written much about his problem, including the fact that academia helped to create the problem of scientific racism.[2]

A second example concerns the current case of Claudine Gay, Harvard University’s president. She was not promoted to her high position based on merit, but on other criteria, such as race and sex. One op-ed by The Washington Times writers Max Eden and Jay Green wrote:

Anyone who listened to the college presidents defending calls for the genocide of Jews with condescending smirks in their Dec. 5 congressional testimony could see they were insufferably smug. But then we got evidence that Ivy League universities may not have selected the best and brightest to lead them. Consider Harvard President Claudine Gay, who evinced no ability to think on her feet or even adjust wording undoubtedly scripted for her by lawyers. … After her shameful performance [to Congress], however, it should come as no surprise that Ms. Gay rose to this post despite a shockingly unimpressive scholarly record…. Over about two decades, Ms. Gay has written 10 journal articles and no books. This is about half the average rate for a political science professor, even at a middling university. By comparison, Amy Gutmann — who like Ms. Gay is a political scientist and until early last year served as president of the University of Pennsylvania — has published more than a dozen books and well over 100 articles…. In “Knowledge Matters” [an article she wrote]. Ms. Gay found that political ignorance is a key reason why African Americans support Democrats despite policy disagreements. Who knew?[3]

Eden and Greene concluded the following about the Gay case, a very familiar event to Darwin doubters:

Ms. Gay’s institutional rise was marked by a pattern of destroying the careers of genuinely brilliant Black scholars who had the stature to point out her mediocrity. Harvard economist Roland Fryer, for example, has published more in a single year than Ms. Gay has in her entire career. But while serving as the dean of faculty, Ms. Gay led the charge to strip Mr. Fryer of almost all of his academic privileges on trumped-up charges of having run an office with a hostile work environment.[4]

Ed. note— Harvard stood up for Ms. Gay for weeks, the Board unanimously supporting her despite increasing criticisms about her antisemitic views and growing evidence of plagiarism in her writings. Under increasing pressure because of the scandal, she resigned on January 2, 2024, blaming “racial animus” against her. (Breitbart News, Newsmax).

A final example (of many that could be cited) is a new appraisal published this year by Boivin et al. about mistreatment of women in academia. Their mistreatment ignores, or negates, their academic merit.[5] The five authors begin with the following case history:

Before she helped develop COVID-19 vaccines, going on to jointly win the Nobel Prize for Medicine, Katalin Karikó’s story was one that was familiar to many women: she faced lack of funding and recognition demotion and was ultimately pushed out of her university. Although Karikó managed to overcome these extraordinary barriers, many more women respond to pervasive gender discrimination and harassment by departing academia. A huge study of a quarter of a million U.S. academics adds to the growing weight of evidence for this gender-based attrition. As current and former institutional heads and research leaders, we make the case that such departures, and the associated loss of female talent, exact a massive scientific and economic toll.[6]

This huge study involving a quarter of a million academics resembles my findings that those who conclude from their research that the Darwinian view of the world is incorrect face enormous challenges. Many of these Darwin doubters are unable to survive in academia. Among the mistreatment of women interviewed for the study, Boivin et al. found examples of incivility, academic sabotage, name-calling, derogatory comments about their work, ostracism, online abuse, stalled promotions, unequal or limited access to resources, and malicious, often misleading or incorrect, allegations.

This kind of treatment is familiar to Darwin doubters. It results in severe attrition of creation academics in whom substantial investment in their specialized education and training has been made by the university. These problems are not unique to advocates of creation and intelligent design, but are widespread in academia. My newly reprinted books document a systemic problem.

Summary

Those who go against the flow in Darwinism are not the only academics that run into problems. The idea of a passionate researcher pushing forward, objectively looking for scientific truth, as portrayed by the common image, is often an inaccurate picture. Too many academics are intolerant of certain ideas and those persons who are different than the norm, just like we find in many professions outside of academia. Academia holds no monopoly for objective searching for an understanding of the universe. Its ranks are often intolerant of those who take unpopular positions, such as questioning the ability of evolution to create the universe and all life in it. In these cases they ignore merit and judge on other criteria, such as the worldview they hold.

References

[1] Creation-Evolution Headlines. Racism of Darwin and His Followers Exposed; https://crev.info/2018/10/darwin-scientific-racism-eugenics/, 2018.

[2] Bergman, Jerry. Darwinism Played a Central Role in Nazi Crimes; https://crev.info/2023/11/darwinism-played-a-central-role-in-nazi-crimes/, 2023; Darwin’s Racism Under Fire; https://crev.info/2021/06/darwins-racism-under-fire/, 3 June 2021.

[3] Eden, Max, and Jay P. Greene. A Failing Grade for Harvard’s Claudine Gay. Washington Times; https://www.aei.org/op-eds/a-failing-grade-for-harvards-claudine-gay/, 21 December 2023. Note: Gay resigned on January 2, 2024 under increasing pressure for her views and for numerous accusations of plagiarism.

[4] Eden and Greene, 2023.

[5] Boivin, Nicole, et al. Sexism in Academia is Bad for Science and a Waste of Public Funding. Nature Reviews, 2023.

[6] Boivin, et al., 2023.


Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology for over 40 years at several colleges and universities including Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored are in over 1,800 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 60 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.

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