Can anyone tell me what this guy said that was supposedly so offensive? From what I can tell, it’s pure PC. If I had written any of it, I would think that I had sold my soul completely to the Left. He criticizes Richard Feynman for being a “sexist”, but says that those were horribly sexist, patriarchal times from which we have now been happily delivered, and Feynman was no worse than anybody else in that horrible, horrible age. The accusation itself seems to be without merit, in that it consists wholly in Feynman being a womanizer, and I can’t think of what principle the Left could use to denounce that. From what I can tell, the writer is towing the feminist line but was fired for not being hysterical enough. Or was there something there that I missed? It’s frightening to think that I wouldn’t know how to avoid PC offences even if I tried. Selling one’s soul to the Left is actually difficult to do.
Some of the comments at isteve are interesting. For example
But you gotta love that YouTube video of Gell-Mann putting to rest the mythical Feynman. He makes Feynman out to be a pretentious actor always trying to be cutesy. (An aside: I am always skeptical of people who have a lot of funny occurrences happening to them). I love the bit about how Feynman ridiculed Gell-Mann and called him an ordinary person, a salesman-type, for washing his hands after urinating (Feynman thought hand washing after urinating was unnecessary and superstitious).
When I was a kid I wondered about this too. It seemed to me that my hands were likely to be dirtier than my penis, since it was my hands that had been out touching foreign objects. I went ahead and washed my hands anyway (and–don’t worry–I still do), but it’s gratifying to know that I’ve had at least one Feynmanesque thought in my life.
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