Relentless Pursuit of Wisdom and Liberty

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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Men and women are different? Naaahhhhh....

If you haven't heard about the speech by Harvard president Larry Summers and biologist Nancy Hopkins' abrupt exit when he raised the mere possibility that innate differences between men and women might contribute to the disproportionality of males to females in the hard sciences, this column will tell you about it and has a great quote from Hopkins:
'When he started talking about innate differences in aptitude between men and women, I just couldn't breathe because this kind of bias makes me physically ill,' Hopkins told the New York Times.
It makes her physically ill to hear an opinion on a divisive and incendiary issue that differs from her own? How sad for her. How has she made it this far through life and her stellar career (she's a professor at MIT) without learning how to deal with controversy and differing opinions? It boggles the mind.

Here's another good quote from the author:
In fact, the scientific consensus is that there are innate cognitive differences between men and women — as groups. Individual men and women can be geniuses or morons (though the data suggest that men tend to produce more of both than women).
Hard to argue with that!


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