Science. Who needs it? Not Sara Giordano, Women's Studies professor at the University of California-Davis. She used to be a neuroscientist, but then decided that science is bad, and that we need to, according to a recent essay she wrote for a feminist theory magazine, get to work "rewriting knowledge" through a feminist lens. The essay, written for the magazine Catalyst is entitled, "Those who can't, teach: critical science literacy as a queer science of failure," and argues that it's time to "challenge the authority of science." Yes, this woman left the field of neuroscience to become an academic who argues that science is bad.
According to Campus Reform, Giordano is terribly concerned that science has "earned its epistemic authority through its co-constitution with colonization and slavery," and, therefore, "relies on a colonial and racialized form of power." But wait, there's more: "At the root of the justification for social inequality then is western science," because science's distinction between "humans and non-humans" has allowed "capitalism [to become] justified as a natural economic system." This is a person who is paid taxpayer dollars to educate America's children.
There's good news, though. If we can implement a "feminist science practice that explicitly unsticks Science from Truth" we can do the work we need to do to reach the ultimate goal:
"We need to disrupt the epistemic authority of Science (and) the assumption that science = truth."
Let that sink in for a minute.
Giordano hopes that her bizarre essay "opens up questions about what kinds of scientific illiteracy we might embrace to destabilize science and remake knowledge production." When that is considered, her desire is that people will "embrace an irreverent disdain for traditional science and instead practice feminist science," because this is the time for a "much needed anti-science, antiracist, feminist approach to knowledge production."
A lot of people are going to be feeling disdain after reading your essay, Ms. Giordano, but the target isn't going to be science.