Thursday, October 22, 2015

Innate Differences

In 2005, Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers, reported that the under-representation of women in science was partially due to “innate" differences between genders. 

“For him to say that ‘aptitude’ is the second most important reason that women don’t get to the top when he leads an institution that is 50 percent women students – that’s profoundly disturbing to me.” - MIT biologist Nancy Hopkins

Yeah, that is just a bit disturbing and Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why it is even worse.

“When students cheat on exams, it's because our school system values grads more than students value learning.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Republicans, above all else, do not want to die poor.”  Dr. Tyson while offering insight on why politics, religion and science do not play well together. When he was asked to serve in the Bush administration, he thought it would be politically obvious that funding academics, particularly the sciences, leads to innovation, invention and a financially viable workforce. 

Well that does appear to be logical. 

Conversely, allowing conservative religions to dictate academic curriculum and structure, leads to a decline in quality of life, ability to compete on a global scale, medical advancement, economic stability, judicial functioning, reasonable fashion choices and minimizing proportional troglodytes in the citizenship.(I might have added a few of those detrimental outcomes to the conversation.) 

As an example, Dr. Tyson discussed the few Nobel Prize winners from conservative Muslim areas, which is even more suggestive of academic failure when considering that the same areas were global leaders in science, math and literature. 

That also appears to be logical. 

Unfortunately, while republican motivation was correctly identify, the error was in assuming the Bush administration was capable of understanding and acting on logic.

“Dinosaurs are extinct today because they lacked opposable thumbs and the brainpower to build a space program.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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