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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

History moment: When feminism rules instead of Darwinism

Larry Summers, who was definitely not an intelligent design proponent, is nonetheless paying the penalty of standing for what is obviously true in current academic life, columnist John Leo reveals:
So former Harvard president Lawrence Summers is once again paying for his sins, this time having a dinner speech canceled by the board of regents of the University of California. The regents caved because feminists circulated a petition announcing that Summers "has come to symbolize gender and racial prejudice in academia."

Summers lost his post as Harvard chair for doubting that girls were just as good as boys at math.

Mmmm but, as Leo notes, general stuff that everybody knows is heresy nowadays.
Vanderbilt's Camilla Benbow, a commanding researcher in the field for years, reports sex differences in mathematical precocity before kindergarten, differences among mathematical reasoning ability among intellectually gifted boys and girls as early as the second grade and pronounced sexual differences among intellectually talented 12- to 14-year-olds. Yet Summers, in capitulating to feminist anger, announced that "the human potential to excel in science" has nothing to do with gender. That isn't true. At the very top of the profession, where the geniuses reside, there will be more males than females — absent political pressure and arguments about "underrepresentation," that is.

Wondering about the title of this post? See When Marxism ruled instead of Darwinism Same demand to ignore evidence, different victims. For Darwinism's rule, go to Baylor (the Enron of biology).

UPDATE: Here's Kathleen Parker's column on Summers.

P.S.: Anyone who thinks that the fact that girls are not as good as boys in math means that girls do not rule is obviously not in contact with many girls.

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