This time we'll be going back to L'Allegria, a fine Italian restaurant a few blocks from Times Square, at the corner of 44th St & 9th Avenue, the menu is here . You can get a vegetarian pasta dish for $13, or meat pasta for $16. They also have Prix Fixe dinners for $25.95 and $29.95.
People are to pay $5 when they RSVP via paypal or credit card, which will be refunded in cash at 6:10pm, 10 minutes after the event starts. No-shows and latecomers will forfeit their deposit. Deposits will be refunded for cancellations more than 24 hours in advance. Please don't show up without RSVP'ing.
Some of the reading this time is long, it will probably take you two hours to get through it all.
Is There Anything Good About Men?
Roy Baumeister, a professor in Florida,wrote this fascinating, though long, essay on sex differences, but it's really worth the effort.
Larry Summers' Suicidal Speech on Women
In 2005, Larry Summers, then president of Harvard, made a speech about possible reasons why we see so few tenured faculty in science and engineering. This speech cost him his job.
He was widely reported as having said that men were smarter than women, which he didn't. He did not say that the average man was smarter than the average woman, nor did he say that the average man was better at math specifically than the average woman. He did say there was more variance of intelligence among males, so there are more male morons that female morons, and more male geniuses than female geniuses, and to make tenured faculty at Harvard, you pretty much have to be a genius. Steven Pinker, one of the world's most articulate and insightful speakers on subjects involving political correctness, wrote up his own summation of the hysteria following Summers' speech, a month after it was given.
We had a 3 Topics session about Summers' speech several years ago, but somehow only one woman showed up that night, I hope this time we can do better.
I saw Summers interviewed by Charlie Rose, and Rose, who is generally very friendly to all his guests, gave Summers an opportunity to complain about how he had been unfairly lynched by a politically correct mob. Summers declined, and said he was wrong to give the speech, because one consequence of the speech was that 6 year old girls were hearing on the radio in the morning news that "The president of Harvard said they couldn't be scientists.". Summers said that was something he absolutely did not want to happen, and as president of Harvard it was his job to have realized that it would happen.