A so-called “fallist” has asked students at the University of Cape Town’s science faculty to consider scrapping science as a whole if it is ever to be decolonised.
A “Fallist”” I think we used to call them idiots
At a panel discussion this week‚ published to YouTube‚ the woman responded to a question about the decolonisation of science.
“Science as a whole is a product of western modernity and the whole thing should be scratched off. Especially in Africa‚” she says
“Western knowledge is totalising. It is saying that it was Newton and only Newton who knew and saw an apple falling and out of nowhere decided gravity existed and created an equation and that is it.
“Whether people knew Newton or not‚ or whatever happens in West Africa‚ Northern Africa‚ the thing is the only way to explain gravity is through Newton who sat under a tree and saw an apple fall.
“So western modernity is the problem that decolonisation directly deals with. It’s to say that we are going to decolonise by having knowledge that is produced by us‚ that speaks to us and that is able to accommodate knowledge from our perspective.
“Decolonising the science would mean doing away with it entirely and starting all over again to deal with how we respond to the environment and how we understand it.”
My head hurts now, it really does. Reality is not reality anymore. Reality can only be reality if it fits our “perspective” apparently. Here is a video of the exchange, note what happens when one person in the room points out that what the young woman is spouting is simply “not true”. The person is lambasted for uttering the truth, and is told he must apologize! Apologize for telling the truth? I think there is but one proper response to such a request