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A Primer on Statistics to Help Quell Your Outrage at the Google Memo

By now you’ll probably know that Google employee James Damore recently published a memo regarding differences in population averages in some traits in men and women, questioning the basis for certain diversity practices and indicting a culture of ideological conformity at the tech giant. The result was incandescent outrage, denouncement of the memo, demonization of Damore, […]

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Assessing Female Mate Preferences: Answers to Ten Common Criticisms of Evolutionary Psychology

A few years ago, I was giving an invited presentation to an audience of mostly sociologists and family studies professors on the topic of evolution and human reproductive strategies. I mentioned that some social scientists hold false beliefs about “evolutionary psychology,” such as the mistaken assumption that evolutionary psychologists think all men are interested in […]

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Sex and Gender Are Dials (Not Switches)

It has become more and more common for young people around the world to describe themselves not as a “man” or a “woman,” but as “something else.” One term for this something else is transgender. Transgender is an umbrella term for a wide variety of different identities (e.g., genderqueer, gender variant, gender fluid, gender non-conforming, hyper-feminine gay man, asexual, etc.). […]

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What Science Has to Say About Gender Identity

A few days ago, President Trump announced that transgender individuals would not be allowed to serve in the U.S. Military. This follows a previous Trump reversal of guidelines put in place by President Obama regarding how public schools should handle their transgender students’ use of bathrooms. In discussions of these issues, a distinction is often made between “biological […]

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The Fate of Conversation in an Age of Mechanical Chatter

Conversation, of the natural, face-to-face variety evolved by our ancestors, is said to be an endangered species. The growth of texting, especially among the young, has already lowered the frequency of our natural conversations, with the negative impacts on personal health and social bonding discussed in books like The Village Effect and Reclaiming Conversation. Our […]

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