the latest from YGBSM studies

Caution: spew alert
Also caution: I can’t verify it’s veracity. I hope it’s true, but sci-paper pranks have evolved into a sophisticated art form, lately.

A feminist academic … has invented a new theory of “intersectional quantum physics” … to better understand “marginalized people” and to create “safer spaces” for them ….

Yeah, yeah, I know. Keep reading.

Because traditional quantum physics theory has influenced humanity’s understanding of the world, it has also helped lend credence to the ongoing regime of racism, sexism and classism that hurts minorities ….

Stark identifies Newtonian physics as one of the main culprits behind oppression. “Newtonian physics,” she writes, has “separated beings” based on their “binary and absolute differences.”

“This structural thinking of individualized separatism with binary and absolute differences as the basis for how the universe works is embedded in many structures of classification,” according to Stark. These structures of classification, such as male/female, or living/non-living, are “hierarchical and exploitative” and are thusly “part of the apparatus that enables oppression.” Therefore, Stark argues in favor of combining intersectionality and quantum physics theory to fight against the imperative to classify people based on hierarchical categories.

Not sure why Yin/Yang didn’t make the cut, here.

Okay, so Newtonian physics* (classical mechanics of the everyday size and speed: planets, pool balls, stepping from a boat to a dock, etc.) somehow supports traditional socio-political ickiness ‘n stuff. I’d prob’ly need to read their writings to understand how that works, but I ain’t gonna.

Now, assuming that she has a point (not agreeing, just movin’ the conversation out of a doped-up dorm room bull session), how do we proceed?
That’s right, intersectional quantum physics!

Stark … argues that the tendency to categorize people has historically hurt activism efforts by small minority groups, since their efforts are often subsumed or overshadowed by dominant identity groups.

“Hopefully, this alliance can enact ways of valuing [people] differently.” [story]

Wow! She almost identified a really valid problem (the smallest minority is the individual which is totally ignored by minority activism).
But, no, to her, “people” means a group with some kind of politically exploitable communal interest, not individual, self-motivated persons. If she’d'a tied the individual to the quantum, nowww we’d be talkin’.
Buuut she went on to blather about the SJW Narrative™ and spoiled her whole train of logic.
Soooo cloooose to a rational thought.
Oh, yeah, it would’a been wrong, certainly; but it could’a been coherent, based on her premise.

While she does not have any academic training in physics or quantum physics, she did complete a master’s degree in “Cyborg and Post Colonial Theory” at the University of Utrecht.

Her parents must be sooo proud.

Me? I’m just entertained.
* Newton’s classical mechanics was overthrown by Einstein’s relativity, which explained the very large and the very fast
(although Newton will still navigate you to Pluto, you need Einstein to make GPS work).
Newton didn’t address the very small, but Einstein didn’t explain the very small, either.
The very small was explained using quantum theory (energy exists in discrete packets) and Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle (can’t measure position and momentum simultaneously), so a particle exists as a kind of probability wave function until acted upon or sensed.
[Okay, you real physicists, have at it.]

The Stupid Quark


  1. Posted May 30, 2017 at 10:14 am |

    So, if I’m non-living, that classification of me is still “hierarchical and exploitative” and is thusly “part of the apparatus that enables oppression.”??? Of course, not being a physicist, I figured I’d just be dead and done with it.

  2. jlw
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 10:37 am |

    well, you got your Einstein and you got your Newton. then you got your Schrodinger and your Heisenberg.

    but this woman ain’t no P.A.M. Dirac.

    she ain’t even Schrodinger’s pus cat.

  3. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 11:34 am |

    Judging for her aptitude in creating new jargon words; e.g., materiality? WTF?, she’d be a formidable scrabble player, but physics?
    Last time I looked, Newton was pretty damned analog, not binary. Leibnitz played with ones and zeros, but AFAIK, Newton did not, and until Boole came along in the 19th century, there wasn’t much binary activity.
    Except male/female, that is.
    Without that, we wouldn’t be here to wonder at the assholiness of the Progs.

  4. WeeBrowser
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 2:17 pm |

    Ya tawkin’ to me?
    I’ll take “Dead Cats” for $800, Alex.

  5. DougM (flawed)
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 6:03 pm |

    ^ *heh*
    …or not.

  6. accipiterNW
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 6:44 pm |

    “Heh, Teh Stupid Quark.” Yeah, and this lady ‘jumped it!”

  7. Gwillie's phone
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 7:36 pm |

    Well lets just stop segregating those poor dead people, let them rot where they lay. Why do we have to gather them up and restrict them to cemeteries or crematoriums? I bet haters like you would make them walk to the back of the bus if you had your way.

  8. roger
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 9:42 pm |

    “can’t measure position and momentum simultaneously”

    This is not true. What is true is one can’t measure both simultaneously to an arbitrary level (very small) of accuracy. The Heisenberg relationship specifies that the product of the minimum accuracies in conjugated measurements can never be less than h/2*pi

  9. Daemon
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 11:14 pm |

    How it looks to me: Somebody made a list of hot academic buzzwords. “Intersectionality”, “oppression”, “marginalized”, “hierarchy”, “exploitative”, etc.

    Then they made a word salad (with flungpoo dressing!) and tried to get it published. In the category of “Most ineptly edited academic journal”, the award goes to… Duke University!

    It’s natural to take the paper seriously, though. Unhinged is the new normal.

  10. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted May 31, 2017 at 6:57 am |

    Yepperee. I think everyone ought to go to college.
    In fact, I think the .gov ought to give loans for it.
    Whatdahell — the .gov ought to pay for it outright.
    In fact it ought to be “Free” and compulsory!
    Whoinhell cares if it removes the economic engine of youth from the country??!? …and a pile of otherwise useful capital from taxpayers? …and makes ‘em all batshiite crazy?

    …why am I suddenly thinking of Mike Rowe?

  11. DougM (flawed)
    Posted May 31, 2017 at 7:04 am |

    rodger ^^
    I was trying to do a layman’s overview of terms by simplifying three semesters and a few-hundred years of thought into three sentences.

    h is Planck’s constant in h/(2π), for those who are keeping score… and still awake.
    Ms Peterson, would you kindly nudge Mr Blutarsky. Thank you.

  12. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted May 31, 2017 at 4:20 pm |

    Look at this physicist’s hate-filled creature’s CV. I left out the multitude of jobs she had because the longest was 18 mos.; most were 4-6 mos. She’s a combination gypsy, leech and agitator.

    Chair, Team member, COST Action Group: “New Materialisms Tackling Economical and Identity – Political Crises and Organizational Experiments”
    Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice: Putting Theory Into Action,
    Gender, Globalization, and Violence: Postcolonial Conflict Zones,
    Generational Feminism: An Advanced Introduction

    I work in a team of [museum] activists, scholars and curators … that addresses and nuances its living colonial legacies.

    Activities and Groups: Feministisch Verzet (Feminist Resistance), Radical Queer Affinity Collective, Twin Cities Trans March, Women in the Direct

    2011-2013 Master’s degree, Gender and Ethnicity
    MA credits: Feminist Critical Analysis: Integrative Approaches to Materialisms Past and Present Situated Feminisms
    Issues in Feminist Methodologies,
    Comparative Feminist Theories, Independent Field Study
    Gender Studies focus in Cyborg and Post Colonial Theory

    Workshop titles:
    Promoting and Sustaining Healthy Relationships with Adolescent Young Women,
    Compassion, Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma,
    Working with Survivors of Domestic Abuse,
    How the Media Impacts Our Sexual Health,
    Trauma Informed Approaches By: The Night Ministry,
    The Center for Contextual Change, KAN-WIN,
    Rape Victim’s Advocates, Casa Corazon

    2003-2007 Antioch College; BA, Communiations/Media Arts/Theory

    2006-2006 The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, organiser and educator collective
    Undoing Racism and Community Organising