Wednesday, November 24, 2010

US Losing Ground in Science

Reading an interesting article in the online publication of Physics World one comes across an interesting story concerning the world of science, to quote Michael Banks from his article entitled “US loses status as a ‘colossus of science’”, “The US is no longer a "colossus of science" according to a new report looking into the country’s scientific output. Written by information-services provider Thomson Reuters, it says that although the US still holds a "commanding" lead in terms of its research impact, its forerunner status is being eroded. The report blames this on a rapid rise in scientific publishing from countries in Asia and Europe.”

This lose was inevitable, every human being can gather loss, but the reasons for the ever more rapid lose has more to do with ideology than anything else, the same racial ‘purism’ that almost destroyed Detroit if it was not for the US government bailout, a good bailout to say as it meant employment. Detroit refused to acknowledge that Asia made better cars, they refused for 3 decades caught up in their own bureaucracy and refusal to admit that an American would prefer something from Asia. This same racial ‘purism’ is slowly killing American science, and indeed in the long run Western Europe the birth place of racial ‘purism’ must be affected.

Westerners can not accept that knowledge can come from anywhere, they insist it must come from a white or at best somebody educated by a white, so they have a policy of discrimination in their journals, not realizing they are just humans not the light of the world, every human is a light of the world according to their own cultures and traditions. Facing such barriers, mystical barriers, Asia had to create its own journals, though there would have been no need of American and Western journals had decided to be inclusive and let go of the mysticism that all knowledge comes from them, and believing in their own propaganda that their Ivy League universities are the best in the world. Telling somebody that bricks and Mortar are the source of knowledge is the same kind of mysticism as telling somebody that Jesus has sea blue eyes or that God is an old white man with a huge white beard, sheer nonsense, but unfortunately for America they believe this and sprout this nonsense to the world and to themselves, the Canadians though are far worse at it.

A thinking person knows that knowledge does not come from bricks and mortar, a text book read at Harvard or Cambridge contains the same knowledge if it is read in Beijing, Thailand, Malaysia or Korea. But the American refuses to believe that, folly indeed, as for the British it is stupid because that is all they have left, Cambridge and Oxford, but if their journals go the way of racial ‘purity’ they will be irrelevant in 30 years time, there are 300 million Americans and that is all that will keep them relevant. When American academics mature and realize that for their journals to be relevant in 30 years time to the world they must be inclusive maybe they is a chance, but one has to doubt that, racism always has an undertone of mysticism, maybe the journals of Asia will be more inclusive, that is for a better world, and the IVY league Universities can continue in their make believe world that bricks and mortar are the source of knowledge.

Quoting Michael Banks, “In 1994 the US published nearly a third of all papers in materials research but this has now reduced to 15%, while China now publishes 23% of papers, and the 27 nations that make up the European Union (EU) publish around 30%.” Having mentioned this quote one goes to the comments for the article, one particular comment is eye catching, “With full respect to existing China potential, the quantity doesn't always mean a quality. But the trend described in the article is apparent.”, the same was said about Toyota, they don’t know how to make cars. Shame, racists never learn, especially better than though 'liberal' racists, mostly academics.

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