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What is it that the world really needs? What should we be devoting our time, energy, and talent to, in order to make this a better world? Climate research? No. Renewable energy? No. Sustainable living? No. Gardening with native plants? No. What we really need is some computer software that can “judge” how attractive women…

Applying Interdisciplinary Meanings of Race

Since Jim Watson’s recent self-destruction, there’s been a lot of talk about pseudo-scientific racism versus actual “scientific” studies of race. Earlier this summer, Lennard J. Davis had an essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled A Grand Unified Theory of Interdisciplinarity in which he had this to say about race and ethnicity in the…

The latest Watson news is that Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has “suspended [his] administrative responsibilities…pending further deliberation by the board.” Watson, meanwhile, has begun the “Did I say that? No! I didn’t mean it!” apologia that usually follows when some noted figure catches hell for being more frank about his or her racist views than…

Watson to Africa: You’re All Dumb

Spitting on Rosalind Franklin’s grave is apparently not satisfying enough for Jim Watson. When you are a largemouth ass, you have to do much, much more. So now he’s maligned all of Africa and everyone of African descent. Here’s a quote: he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies…

Really. I am not making this up. As quoted in The Guardian: He smiles. “Rosalind is my cross,” he says slowly. “I’ll bear it. I think she was partially autistic.” He pauses for a while, before repeating the suggestion, as if to make it clear that this is no off-the-cuff insult, but a considered diagnosis.…

Why There Are No Great Women Science Bloggers

The Scientist wants you to vote for your favorite life science blogs. To get the party started, they asked seven prominent science bloggers to recommend their favorite science blogs. I mean, they asked seven prominent male science bloggers for their recommendations. This is science, after all, and we need to be precise. So, they didn’t…

Researchers Claim Men Like Hot Women!

I can barely bring myself to blog on this topic, it is so tiresome. (Thanks to Sheril at The Intersection for this link.) Science is confirming what most women know: When given the choice for a mate, men go for good looks. Men like attractive women! Women look for security and financial success in men!…

The Biology of Pink

Perhaps you don’t remember an entry I wrote about a year ago titled Pink Is For Boys, Blue Is For Girls. I linked to a Fairer Science post that was debunking a Times Online editorial suggesting girls had a biologically determined preference for “pink fluff”. Fairer Science quoted a June 1918 edition of Ladies Home…

Men [Sick]

Have you read the Nature editorial? Have you read my earlier post about it? Maybe what you are wanting is a deeper textual analysis of the editorial itself. You’ve come to the right place. Men [sick] Our 1869 mission statement is out of date. That’s what the bitchy, complaining women are making us say. It…

By way of the daily Chronicle of Higher Education, I learned that Nature has made a quantum leap into the…well…sort of into the early part of the 20th century. In an editorial published online this afternoon, the journal announced that it would amend its mission statement, which appears each week next to its table of…