September 7, 2017
My name is Matt Frohlich. I am a scientific researcher specializing in silicon-based chemistry. I began my career as a chemist in 2010 upon graduating with my B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of North Dakota. My first employer was the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering at North Dakota State University. I continue to be employed full-time at NDSU as of the time of this writing. In addition to my full-time employment, I decided in 2013 to enroll part-time in the materials and nanotechnology graduate program at NDSU. I graduated in summer 2017 with my M.S. in materials and nanotechnology.
In no way is this blog affiliated with or endorsed by my employer; it is an endeavor I have taken entirely upon my own initiative. There is little immediate overlap between the subject matter in this blog and that of my professional research. However, I do credit my professional background with introducing me to both the scientific and academic communities.
I love academia and the scientific community and am proud of my service to these communities. That being said, there are some elements within these communities that I find troubling. I am worried by how aggressively the technological singularity and transhumanism are being promoted by the scientific community, particularly within silicon valley. I was unaware of either of these concepts at the beginning of my career. But by 2012 I came to the conclusion that, barring any intervention from the general public, they represent the inevitable future of the human species.
My other issue with these communities is their endorsement of social justice. Social justice goes by many names, some of the more prominent ones being feminism, black lives matter, postmodernism and Marxism. But regardless of its manifestation, I consider social justice to be a rigid and dogmatic ideology that allows little to no room for freethinking. Ultimately, I see it as a divisive ideology that is based on pseudoscience.
Social justice is most influential within the social sciences, and there are times I worry that it has corrupted them beyond repair. But I do not think this corruption is limited to the social sciences; I believe its influence is starting to have a detrimental affect on the physical sciences as well. I consider this influence, in conjunction with an aggressive promotion of the singularity and transhumanism, to be a dangerous combination.
This blog is my attempt to warn people of this danger. I still maintain hope that a reasonable solution to these issues can be created and implemented.