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The Mis-Education of a Swedish Scientist

By Nima Sanandaji - January 26, 2006 12:00 AM

As I walked through the corridors of the chemistry department at Chalmers University of Technology one last time, minutes after having completed my last assignment leading to a Masters Degree in biotechnology, I noticed a poster on the door:

Win a printer, tickets to the European Championship in athletics.
Screening of the movie 'The Day After Tomorrow'.
Ecological wine-tasting with professionals from Systembolaget (the authorized distributor).
Free food!
Film room with documentaries.
Lectures on the environment, economy and gender equality."

I shook my head. The systematic indoctrination of students in Swedish universities keeps fascinating me even after five years of studies. Having been taught as a fact that global warming will destroy the planet in the science classes during high school I was, like most students that took an interest in the natural sciences, obsessed with saving the planet from the evil oil companies and the greedy Americans when I began my college studies.

Since the Swedish government has decided that every single education must include both an "ecological" and a "gender" perspective, the doomsday theories of global warming and the ideas of post-modern Marxist feminists were included in many courses. Perhaps the best example from my own studies was when I took a course in human ecology. During the first lecture the speaker proudly explained to us that the institution had been born out of the 1968 left-wing radical wave. And so the course went on explaining how socialism and an "ecological" society was the only solution for a planet soon to be exploited to death by the evil Americans, led by their conservative ideology and profits from oil companies.

One of the lecturers talked for more than one hour about the "ecological villages" that existed in Sweden, about how you could make your own hut out of natural materials and the morality of living in a society without modern technology. He had lived in almost all such villages in Sweden and frankly said that most people involved in this radical environmental movement were members of sects. Still, we were encouraged to learn how we could contact the various groups. The other lecturer was not much better, explaining the ideas of post-modern Marxism and talking hatefully about the US rather than teaching us a single fact in his supposedly scientific field.

It is not a matter of chance that the movie "The Day After Tomorrow" is screened to students on the day they are to learn about environmental issues. The scientific level of what is taught about global warming in Swedish colleges never rises higher than this movie, which is about as reality-based as "King Kong".

When I began working on a scientific study regarding bioethanol production I had to look at the actual science behind climate change, as this is the main motivation behind why the techniques of bioethanol production should be developed. Gradually, I began to realize that what we were told in college and high school was more or less a matter of indoctrination. Certainly, the release of greenhouse gases may affect temperature. But it appears likely that this effect will be negligible or at least manageable. In addition, there is absolutely no reason to rule out natural temperature variations as the dominating force behind the temperature variations our planet experiences. More importantly, the claims that everything from the hurricanes in the US to the tsunami in Asia were caused by global warming are clearly not supported by science.

The real problem is, nobody gives you the other side of the argument in an academic environment where the government has forced environmentalism and radical leftwing feminism into every education. Students are offered free food and free ecological wine from the government controlled alcohol distributor Systembolaget (a state monopoly controlled by the wife of the Prime Minister) while they watch ridiculous science fiction movies. This is the Swedish version of the indoctrination I saw as a young boy in an Iranian school named after a suicide bomber. Being forced to shout "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" in the school yard is at least an open form of propaganda. The Swedish version allows you to drink wine, feel intellectual and perhaps even win a printer, but is not much less biased.

The author is the president of the Swedish free market think tank Captus ( He is also a PhD student in biochemistry at the University of Cambridge.



are you all insane, comrades?
I mean, look - an Iranian guy, coming to that foolish country which grants him free education good enough to land him a fellowship to study in Cambridge (I imagine one of those bureaucratic horrors, when they in Brussels just give away money for young folks to study whatever) has the nerve to complain about qiality of his education? This poor Swedes. Why the hell anyone yet bothers to pay attention to this stamp of approval by these Swedish retards, the Nobel prize?

Guys, I know you are on a tight budget, but even if you cannot afford a clue, you can always rent one.



Government allocated research funds makes miracles
I think part of the problem here stem from the fact that most of the research money nowadays is allocated through "forskningsråd", an institution selected by government. If you oppose the government line in public, there is always the chance that resources will be scant down the road. Hence there is no professor - to my knowledge - that campaigns against Kyoto, though there are quite a few who challenges the global warming hypothesis.

This story is poor documented
I read the story. Mainly deals with an interesting and timely issue: global warning... sorry warming.

Without being exactly an expert, as a scientist working on a close discipline I happen to know something about the issue. Definitely more than the author.

I could discuss the scientific argumentation, but I am not going to fall into the trap. For discussing this issue, there are already many experts publishing hundreds, if not thousands of articles that provide evidence in support of global warming. These experts, unlike the author of the article, probably got their PhD on the topic and some time ago now.

Instead, I will go to the Captus think tank, where the author works, in the hope of finding out if they receive funding from any oil company. That would explain many things, if you know what I mean...

Good to know kids are still coming out of University big-headed
Sometimes such hubris allows them to plunge into areas no one in his right mind would tackle. Too bad it doesn't have any effect on their character development though.

I wouldn't be surprised if this self-satisfied twit ends up here in the US, where we practically coronate people of his persuasion. A lot of powerful people here want to hear that they're superior and morally justified in their plunder of the planet. A fellow like Mr. Sanandaji could find himself a cushy job here thinking up ways to coverup persistent pollution, for example.

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