Here are Some Interesting Links for NeW Readers

by Sarah on November 22, 2011 · 1 comment

There are lots of news stories that are out there, and many would be interesting to NeW readers. Below is a short list of articles that fit the bill:

Have you read anything this week you would like to share? Leave a link in the comments below!

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Ben December 3, 2011 at 11:17 pm

“1. Ideology. All the panelists recognized that sex-difference research could be abused to justify sexism. But Larry Cahill, a behavioral neurobiologist at the University of California-Irvine, raised the opposite concern: His colleagues are so afraid of being called “neurosexists” that they’ve refused to study or acknowledge differences. This anxiety about lending credence to sexism was manifest on the panel, as three of the presenters repeatedly emphasized similarities and downplayed differences. Afterward, they were challenged by two female scientists in the audience who called the aversion to studying innate differences anti-scientific and an impediment to understanding mental illness in women. The exchange, in which one panelist repeatedly portrayed sex-difference research as a waste of time, confirmed the problem: Fear of sexism has produced a bias against conceding sex differences, which gets in the way of frank discussion and investigation.”

Lysenkoism did not die with the Soviet Union.

The Peoples Republic of Feminism (P.R.F.) are making sure that science doesn’t get out of hand.

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