January 28, 2005

Something Academically Related

Yes, content has been sparse lately, which is ironic considering that I spend all of my time discussing research projects with professors on campus. Ah well...

So, over at The Chronicle, there's a colloquy transcript worth reading, dealing with FIRE and its role in bringing suit against universities that bar Christian student groups for being "discriminatory."

Especially interesting is the explanantion of the 1st vs the 14th amendment line of argument.

Read and be edified. And if you want a laugh, pop over to the post-Summers forum on wimmen in science.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at January 28, 2005 03:56 PM
Comments

Before I start reading the comments, I want to say that the opening posts says that some say the science behind Summers' views is inconclusive at best.

I didn't think he was stating his views. I thought he was just putting forth a hypothesis. Maybe everybody needs to take a deep breath.

Posted by: Laura at January 29, 2005 07:30 PM

He suggested ONE reason, not THE reason.

Agreed, most people need to take a deep breath and listen to what is said instead of what they think they heard.

Besides, the entire male-female learning differences debate has been raging for years.

I find it more disturbing that the debate has been swept under the rug long enough that now the reactions are more "knee-jerk" than rational discourse.

How do you find answers to a question if your first reaction is to either deny it's there or to dismiss it out of hand?

Posted by: di at January 31, 2005 08:07 AM

There have been studies which show men and women's brains work differently, but those who don't believe it don't believe them. There have been studies which show men and women's brains don't work differently, but those who don't believe it don't believe them.

You can devise a study to prove or disprove anything. It's a pecularity of the human species to not only be able to do so, but to want to, rather than to find the truth.

I'm 62 years old, have done no studies to prove anything, and from just experience in observing the world, I can say, to my satisfaction, that men and women's brains work differently. That men have certain superiorities in general and women have others. Do women HAVE to be superior or equal in all things to feel empowered? If so, what a inferior thing that is.

Posted by: bigdocmcd at January 31, 2005 11:43 AM