So, um, can I respond to your submission because I wanted to directly respond I was actually thinking about this coming here because I thought that it was going to be one of the cabin questions ‘how do we even start to decolonize science’ because science is true because it is science and, you know, what can you do? And my response to that was: if I personally were committed to enforcing decolonization science as a whole is a product of western modernity and the whole thing should be scratched off. [laughter] Especially in Africa. So if you want a practical solution to how to decolonize science, we’d have to restart science from, I don’t know, an African perspective from our perspective of how we’ve experienced science. For instance, I have question for all the science people. There’s a place in [location in Africa], and they believe that through the magic, the Black magic, you’ve heard of black magic – they call it witchcraft, others – that you are able to send lightning to strike someone So can you explain that scientifically because it is something that happens –
– It’s not true! You see! Um, I need to address you directly. When we started this, we agreed on certain house rules and, by you doing that, you’re disrespecting the sacredness of this space and so I’d like to ask you to first please apologize
– Sorry To the panel directly, and then, number two: Understand the rules that we went by in this space because it’s going to be very problema-
When we started, this is not an antagonizing space and so what you’re trying to do is collapse this space and make it antagonizing which we will not allow. This is a progressive space for people to say their opinions and we have noted how those opinions are going to be laid out, so I would like you to, first, aplogize, and then go on and agree to abiding by the rules of this space. Otherwise, if you are not ready to do that, I’d please ask you to remove yourself from this space but those are the rules of engagement of this space. – Ok, very sorry to the panel, and I agree to – Ok, and you agree to abide by the rules of this space? Thank you. You were saying? Ok, so I will finish. See that very response is the reason why I am not in the science faculty I did science throughout my high school years, and there was a lot of things that I just, um, yeah, but it’s fine, but western modernity is the direct antagonistic factor to decolonization because western knowledge is totalizing. it is saying that it was Newton and only Newton who knew or saw of an apple falling and then out of nowhere decided that gravity existed and created an equation, and that is it! Whether people knew Newton or not or whether whatever happens in western Africa, Northern Africa… The thing is the only way to explain gravity is through Newton who sat under a tree and saw an apple fall. So western modernity is the problem that decolonization directly deals with to say that we are going to decolonize by having knowledge that is produced by us, that speaks to us, and that is able to accommodate to knowledge from our perspective. So if you’re saying that you disagree with her approach it means that you are vested in the western and unicentric way of understanding which means you yourself still need to go back internally, decolonize your mind. Come back and say ‘how can I re look at what I’ve been studying all these years?’ because western knowledge is very pathetic to say the least. I from a decolonized perspective believe we can do more as mere knowledge producers as people who are given the ability to reason and whatever is that people say we do what we think or rationalize. so decolonizing the science would mean doing away with it entirely and starting all over again to deal with how we respond to environments and how we understand them. Thank you.