LabRat recently posted some observations about the short-sightedness of Nazi Germany, which expelled and expatriated the world’s most important physicist because he was a Jew, and dismissed his work as “Jewish physics”. The physicist in question emigrated to the United States, and convinced Roosevelt to spring for a Really Big Science Fair Project that would have helped Crazy Adolf quite a bit with that whole “world domination” agenda.
I was reading the Wikipedia entry on renowned mathematician Emmy Noether, who was bounced from her teaching job at Goettingen University by the Nazis because the students wanted “Aryan mathematics, not Jewish mathematics.” That made me think of the main flaw in any ideology that contradicts science:
If your ideology holds that the members of Group X are worthless, you must by necessity dismiss any and all work coming from members of Group X, no matter how good or beneficial, because doing otherwise would contradict the claim at the core of your ideology.
(That’s one of the reasons why Spain fell behind in world influence during the Enlightenment–they were so staunchly Catholic that the Spanish crown even banned books written by Protestants, even if the subject was not related to religion…like ship design and engineering.)
You know someone is completely full of crap when they talk about <ethnic/religious/racial> <scientific discipline>. Science is impartial–it’s only the description of observable reality, and reality doesn’t change based on the observers religion, race, or dietary preferences.