Let's get rational and clear on this self-serving opinion-mongering Robt
Mann has posted. It is highly interesting for research into social
prejudice and male bias, but not at all useful for gender/science
research -- exactly like the Summers comments it describes.
Larry Summers was not "questioning" research in his intentionally
inflammatory, highly self-serving speech. To "question" research -- to
contribute to it -- you must have facts, address facts, adduce new
facts. Summers had only gross generalizations, tendentious
interpretations, and biased hypothecation. He was not questioning but
suggesting, alleging, insinuating. He added not one iota of sound
theory, new analysis, or recent fact to the discussion -- which are the
practices that constitute science. Rather, he used his bully pulpit to
strike back at those many, many people who have noted, correctly, his
institution's extreme reluctance to practice the diversity it preaches.
His comments were no more an addition -- or stimulus -- to science and
knowledge and truth, than is Charles Murray's New York Times editorial
on the topic, which intriguingly fails to mention his long history of
fruitless efforts to prove the inferiority of races (and genders) not
his own (January 23). Fortunately, real science on the subject does exist.
Alas, Robt Mann has not posted such. It's tedious, if amusing, to have
correctly predicted that Robt Mann would seek out for this list exactly
such gender-biased, power-seeking, tendentiously non-rational editorials
as support his own highly self-interested stance. In this he predictably
supports the desire of Larry Summers, and the white-male-wealth-hungry
ilk to attain and maintain power through obfuscation, intimidation, and
where all else fails, cramming as many fallacies in reasoning as they
can into ultimately unsupportable, unscientific, and unconstructive
Too many still use "science" as cover for seeking to support socially
unjust, rationally indefensible, and entirely self-serving goals. I
wonder if it's something genetic?
Environmental Science / Philosophy
University of Idaho
Robt Mann wrote:
>Seeking diversity at Harvard
>January 24, 2005
>Pity the president of Harvard. He's stuck at an institution of learning
>in the 21st century where to question innate "gender" differences risks
>the abuse that Galileo took in the 17th century when he questioned the
>notion, politically correct for his day, that the earth was the center
>of the universe.