Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities

Power Line links to an article in Stanford Medicine. It quotes Diane Halperin, past President of the American Psychological Association from the preface of the first edition of her text Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities:
At the time, it seemed clear to me that any between-sex differences in thinking abilities were due to socialization practices, artifacts and mistakes in the research, and bias and prejudice. ... After reviewing a pile of journal articles that stood several feet high and numerous books and book chapters that dwarfed the stack of journal articles … I changed my mind.
Give us a rimshot, Mr. Drummer-man. Stanford Medical School is a reputable scientific outfit, as is the APA. They don't make wild claims.

Will science deniers now put their fingers in their ears and hum loudly? Don't bet against it.