Archive for May 28th, 2009

‘Are Men Smarter Than Women?‘ The Verdict

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | May 28, 2009 12:04 pm

On Tuesday I composed this letter to my blog BFF Isis, forwarding her a troubling inquiry that hit my inbox on Memorial Day:

Can I ask, from your perspective, what you think of this study suggesting that men are smarter than women? 

First, thanks to readers for so many terrific responses (I especially enjoyed this comment from Zen Faulkes). And today Sb’s resident Goddess has provided her take on Rushton’s so-called ‘study‘.  Here’s an excerpt:

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Unscientific America: Page 2

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | May 28, 2009 9:32 am

uajacket.pngChris has already posted the table of contents and introductory passages from Unscientific America. Here’s a glimpse at what comes next:

strong enough to have “cleared the neighborhood around its orbit” of other significant objects and debris; and so forth.

People were aghast. Not only did they recoil at having to unlearn a childhood science lesson, and perhaps the chief thing they remembered about astronomy. On some fundamental level their sense of fair play had been violated, their love of the underdog provoked. Why suddenly kick Pluto out of the planet fraternity after letting it stay in for nearly a century, ever since its 1930 discovery? “No do-overs,” wrote one cartoonist.

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One Last C.P. Snow Conference

By Chris Mooney | May 28, 2009 7:27 am

I’m off to Michigan State University this morning, for one last bite from the C.P. Snow apple. The conference, being hosted by the International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy, the Lyman Briggs College, and others, features some great folks including Dover trial veterans Robert Pennock and Barbara Forrest. You can see the full event roster here. My talk title is “Unscientific America: A 50 Year Transatlantic Updating of C.P. Snow.”

I’m sure Sheril will keep the blogging happening when I’m in the air. More soon….


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