Like with #GamerGate, the Tim Hunt saga is not going away. An increasing number of scientists and other academics such as Richard Dawkins (as well as other individuals like Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London) are coming out in support of Tim Hunt. Jonathan Dimbleby has resigned from his honorary fellowship at UCL (University College London) due to how Tim Hunt was treated. Nassim Taleb, the Distinguised Professor of Risk Engineering at NYU’s School of Engineering is openly boycotting UCL and calling for others to do the same:
BOYCOTT UCL: 2nd invitation from UCL & I invite everyone who values free speech/ dislikes hypocrisy to do so. pic.twitter.com/FdQudoe17H
— Nassim NicholنTaleb (@nntaleb) July 1, 2015
This should be no surprise to readers of this blog. If a few more academics start publicly supporting Tim Hunt, then this situation will become incredibly similar to DongleGate. The woman is was originally responsible for what happened to Tim Hunt was Connie St. Louis, and she is very similar to Adria Richards. Connie St. Louis is not a scientist, but a “science journalist” just like how Adria Richards wasn’t a developer but a developer evangelist. Both women say that they are part of communities (tech in Adria Richards case, scientists in Connie St. Louis’s case), that they really aren’t. Additionally, Connie St. Francis has been exposed as a liar when someone else provided a complete transcript of what Tim Hunt said.
If DongleGate is anything to go by, then two years from Connie St. Louis will be unemployed like Adria Richards still is. Of course, like Adria Richards, Connie St. Louis will still view herself as the victim and not the offender she actually is.