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Just up at MercatorNet: Are men’s and women’s brains really different?

My review of Cordelia Fine‘s new book, Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference:

The gender wars take no prisoners. In 2005, suggesting that there might indeed be innate differences between men and women derailed the career of Harvard president Larry Summers. He reemerged, years later, as President Obama’s sometime finance guru). Meanwhile, a host of neuroscientists report differences between the brains of men and women that, they say, account for different abilities and career choices.

Psychologist and author Cordelia Fine disagrees with the neuroscientists. In Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference, she has no time for the “special powers” that pop brain science currently imputes to the female brain, reminding us that such claims were made long before the magnetic resonance imaging machine was invented.

She takes aim at books such as What Could He Be Thinking? where we hear that images of male and female brains were “marriage saving” for author Michael Gurian and his wife, to say nothing of Gurian’s Leadership and the Sexes which “links the actual science of male/female brain differences to every aspect of business.”

And if that doesn’t make you feel like Employee Double X or XY clocking in, what will?

For more, go here.

See also:

Evolutionary psychology: Pink for a girl, blue for a … girl?

Neuroscience: Philosopher rips “drivel” – pop science media ‘s bread and butter

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2 Responses to Just up at MercatorNet: Are men’s and women’s brains really different?

  1. semi OT:

    Study suggests precognition may be possible – November 2010
    Excerpt: A Cornell University scientist has demonstrated that psi anomalies, more commonly known as precognition, premonitions or extra-sensory perception (ESP), really do exist at a statistically significant level. Psi anomalies are defined as “anomalous processes of information or energy transfer that are currently unexplained in terms of known physical or biological mechanisms.”
    http://www.physorg.com/news/20.....ition.html

    ,,, One guy remarked about this study,, “I already knew that.” :)

  2. I really enjoyed these pieces by O’Leary .
    The pink/blue thing is a classic case eh.
    The attention to the nonsence that so easily passes muster with the press or critics of the press.
    These people can’t fix retardation and yet speculate or dream up brain roads to explain simple differences.

    There is no difference between men and women in our minds.
    The bible makes this clear in our origins and expectations of us.
    Yes there are results of differences including intellectually but they are from profound motivations that drive people.
    In fact women do not put their minds to almost anything like males. And only a few things more then males.
    Yet its all from obvious motivation.

    Its case in point of how ideas on origins or any workings can be so easily given credit where its not due.

    This is the origin of the errors of evolution and the error of its acceptance.
    people just wanted it to be true.
    In both cases top notch attention , like from I.D people, (or my own YEC) will demolish in our time evolutionism.
    All these things really were given a bye by the educated classes for objectives of changing the world from its Christian moorings.

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