A Shadow at the Heart of University Science.
“I think in future years, people will look back on this time as one of total shame for academia. The very people in academia who should have been leading the charge to question what governments were telling us and to pursue the truth, have actually been the ones most prominent in censoring any attempts to pursue the truth. It has been largely academics who pushed the government into the extreme restrictions and lockdowns. These include psychologists who were prominent at promoting the campaign of fear, which is well documented in minutes of meetings, a campaign to force people to comply with increasingly harsh restrictions and infringements of civil liberties, and then to close down any dissent against that” ~ Prof. Norman Fenton
A very revealing exploration of some of these background issues, which I would recommend everyone to read, is provided by the Prof. Gerald Pollack in the introduction of his book “The 4th Phase of Water”, and a more in-depth analysis of everything which may be wrong with modern University science is expanded on by Dr Iain McGilchrist in his new book “The Matter With Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions and the Unmaking of the World”. My own observation is that academia is self-selecting and re-enforcing of certain “personality types”. Later, through Dr Laurence Heller’s work on Developmental Trauma, I came to know that these traits are actually trauma Survival Styles, and I could map what I saw in academia, and indeed, how I personally was manifesting in the world, almost perfectly onto these . After all, it takes a certain way of attending to the world to be able to spend decades hyper-focussed on an ultra-specialized area of science.
I have to agree that specific individual [by no means all] University based scientists or “academics” are far from being the heroes in the story of what has happened to us globally over the past two years. However, to my mind, this confluence of events only revealed a darkness which was lurking all along in the halls of academia, for I believe there is a hidden shadow of trauma which pervades University science. This is something I noticed and encountered first hand myself during two decades as an academic, although I didn’t have the words or concepts to describe or explain what I was seeing, and partaking in, at that time.
“The Ebony Tower” in the title is a play on words on “The Ivory Tower”, the latter being a metaphor often used for University life: a state of privileged seclusion or separation from the facts and practicalities of the real world, in favour of mental and esoteric pursuits. I make the case, in agreement with Prof. Fenton above, that the opportunity provided by the global situation emerging from china, produced a nightmarish version of this, as the trauma survival styles were unleashed without the usual checks and balances inherent in the system. Thus the Ebony Tower is the metaphorical place, the dark spire, from which certain academics, even more cut off from their peers than before, shielded from the civilization-level impacts of their words and behaviours behind Zoom screens, and utterly corrupted by the immense power to control peoples lives, have touched us all with the shadowy tendrils of the total authority granted to them by governments.
By Gary Sharpe