"The blank slateist, social constructionist, postmodernist view of human nature only persists because it operates as an ideology, similar to a religion. There is no evidence that would convince the acolytes that they might be wrong. The current evidence can't do the trick, because "evidence" is just another construction to them. Their "academia" is no more than self-justified activism, dressed up in the veneer of scholarship. I recently saw a Facebook post that chastised academics for confusing their scholarship for activism, with the implication that they should engage in more activism. I sat there, horrified at the notion that these people believe that their "academia" is insufficiently activist. :
Academia has transformed into activism and dogma. No longer is it about honest inquiry, asking questions, and seeking the truth. It has transformed into a vehicle by which activists try to mold the world as they see fit, and vigorously punish all viewpoints but the accepted one. In their quest to seek the ultimate diversity, they've enforced the ultimate homogeneity of thought and expression. In their quest to achieve "progress" in the world and their disciplines, they've achieved astonishing intellectual stagnation and cultural stasis. Progressive activism has completely hijacked epistemology through the dilution of words that previously had specific and technical meanings. There's definitely a difference between schools that have blown with the political winds, and schools that have redoubled their commitment to honest scholarship. I know that the discrepancy is caused by the "social constructionist" views that these people have. But this is evidence for how widespread, mainstream, and accepted these terrible views are, and evidence for how dangerous it is to let these ideas go unchallenged in academia. I'm mostly worried about what's going to happen to STEM disciplines at those hyper-leftist enclaves."