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Skeptical Salon: Member's Choice - Delusions of Genders by Cordelia Fine

  • Apr 24, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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It's Member's Choice this month at Skeptical Salon. This month, we'll be exploring the latest psychological and neuroscientific research regarding gender. 

It’s the twenty-first century, and although we tried to rear unisex children—boys who play with dolls and girls who like trucks—we failed. Even though the glass ceiling is cracked, most women stay comfortably beneath it. And everywhere we hear about vitally important “hardwired” differences between male and female brains. The neuroscience that we read about in magazines, newspaper articles, books, and sometimes even scientific journals increasingly tells a tale of two brains, and the result is more often than not a validation of the status quo. Women, it seems, are just too intuitive for math; men too focused for housework.

Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, Cordelia Fine debunks the myth of hardwired differences between men’s and women’s brains, unraveling the evidence behind such claims as men’s brains aren’t wired for empathy and women’s brains aren’t made to fix cars. She then goes one step further, offering a very different explanation of the dissimilarities between men’s and women’s behavior. Instead of a “male brain” and a “female brain,” Fine gives us a glimpse of plastic, mutable minds that are continuously influenced by cultural assumptions about gender.

Passionately argued and unfailingly astute, Delusions of Gender provides us with a much-needed corrective to the belief that men’s and women’s brains are intrinsically different—a belief that, as Fine shows with insight and humor, all too often works to the detriment of ourselves and our society.

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  • Maynard F.

    Active, lively discussion. Very good

    April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Long productive group discussion with good participation by both genders and good respectful listening skills shown by all. ...until I threw in a particularly controversial idea and the entire group fell into impassioned small group discussions -- which was also good. ;-)

    2 · April 25, 2014

  • tanya

    any suggestions for parking in the area? thx

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Sarah

    Again, I have way too much homework to do. Grad school is cramping my social life, haha. Have fun!

    April 24, 2014

  • Benny

    Turns out I can't make it. :( I hope you all have a great conversation.

    April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm even reading the book this time. (Now that'll be a first!!! ;-)

    April 17, 2014

    • tanya

      I'll just wing it :)

      1 · April 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Kindle edition is $8.79. But one needs a Kindle, computer or smart phone to read it. And it will take at least an hour or two to get into it.­

      Of course, some people read the book, and others come with experience. ;->

      April 22, 2014

  • Frank A.

    Maybe I should remove my reservation since I will not be able to read the book by Thursday.

    April 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Don't worry about it! People who haven't are welcome to come by.

      April 22, 2014

  • Katie H.

    Ooh, this looks good.

    April 4, 2014

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