I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal called Why Aren’t There More Women in Science and Technology? by developmental psychologist and social science writer, Susan Pinker. It cites the results of a study published last month in the journal Psychological Science which analyzes data from the world’s largest educational survey. The article immediately calls […]
Read this 1 page article- http://www.apa.org/research/action/difference.aspx
This brief article has a lot to say, however, the following quote is extremely pertinent and therefore deserves attention:
…even where there are patterns of cognitive differences between males and females, “differences are not deficiencies.” She continues, “Even when differences are found, we cannot conclude that they are immutable because the continuous interplay of biological and environmental influences can change the size and direction of the effects some time in the future.”(emphasis mine)
I think too many people, men and women, get bogged down by the idea of differences implying some type of value statement when in fact differences do not need to be viewed this way. When we use the word “equal” we do not mean totally and utterly the same in every facet possible. If this is the standard of equality, then nothing is truly equal. However, equal has a much deeper meaning as it relates to dignity and intrinsic value as an individual human being. Humans are ends in themselves- not simply means to an end. Nor should our intrinsic value be measured by some external number or outcome. If we measure people’s value merely on what they can produce then we are on a slippery slope to a place that has historically been the cause of much pain and death. Men and women have differences but so does every individual within each group.
The question to me is not, whether or not our genes and the environment impact our views and behaviors. The question is- which views and behaviors ought we to have? This question presupposes that we have agency to act outside of the restraints of our sociobiological situation and that there is an objective (opinion independent) standard by which to measure good vs. bad (and what a “good” society or individual might look like). However, this this view immediately throws out naturalistic determinism (no free will) as well as the idea of complete moral relativism. I am under the impression that the vast majority of today’s leading social scientists and psychologists in gender research, take for granted the fact that they are aiming to create a “good” society in the objective sense. For on their worldview, “good” is simply a social construct and therefore they cannot complain when someone disagrees.
Offensive? It shouldn’t be. True? You tell me.
In a bit of a condescending fashion, TIME explains here that Oxford’s word of the year 2016, ‘post-truth’, “…describes a situation in which feelings trump facts” (emphasis added) The word ‘trump’ is a crucial addition as the article goes on to describe the results of Brexit and the U.S. 2016 election of Trump as epitomizing the meaning of […]
The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Society recently released its latest report titled “Sexuality and Gender Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences” by Lawrence S. Mayer, M.B., M.S., Ph.D. Paul R. McHugh, M.D. of Johns Hopkins Hospital.
It is no surprise that the report is receiving much push-back from pro-LGBT lobby and the popular media.
Albert Mohler comments on the pressure that Johns Hopkins is receiving from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) HERE . He mentions how the HRC and others are attempting to strong-arm Johns Hopkins by calling for disavowal of what they describe as a misleading and anti-LGBTQ report. The New Atlantis has responded to the HRC’s critical claims about the report in a press release called “Lies and Bullying from the Human Rights Campaign” which can be found HERE.
Why isn’t this receiving more attention in the media? Contraceptives Tied to Depression Risk (NY Times) Other Articles: Higher Rates of STDs and Teen Fertility linked to Public School condom distribution programs. (National Review) Book Review of Alvin Pantinga’s “Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism” (By William Lane Craig) Videos: Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s interesting story […]