Archives for October 12, 2010

Delusions of Gender

This Friday’s Skeptically Speaking will feature … … academic psychologist Dr. Cordelia Fine. Her new book, Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference, challenges the assumption that gender roles are wired into our brains, and shows us how ubiquitous cultural stereotypes are mistaken for actual fact. That will be a life…

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Ends

Federal Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, which essentially bans being gay in the military, is to be ended immediately and in all US military facilities worldwide. According to the judge, “…the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Act irreparably injures servicemembers by infringing their fundamental rights.,,,there is no adequate remedy at…

Why do women shop and men hunt?

Or, when the hunting season is closed, watch teh game (the guys), or when there are no sales, admire each other’s shoes (the gals)? This is, of course, a parody of the sociobiological, or in modern parlance, the “evolutionary psychology” argument linking behaviors that evolved in our species during the long slog known as The…

Here is an article on the original study form Sociological Inquiry, which I’ve not read and about which I have no comment other than that it is cool if it annoyed Fox New.

Richard Dawkins on Bill Maher

Water bug eats fish

Hurricane Paula

Paula has just been named a Hurricane. This is a storm that formed in the northwestern Caribbean, just east of the Yucatan. Although the storm has the potential to become quite strong from very warm surface waters, shearing winds are likely to keep Paula from becoming well organized. Forcasts as to where this storm may…