I’ve started teaching a graduate seminar on the cognitive neuroscience of sex-differences. The ambition is to carry out a collective close-reading of Cordelia Fine’s “Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences” (US: “How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference“). Week by week the class is going to extract the arguments and check the references from each chapter of Fine’s book.
I mention this to explain why there is likely to be an increase in the number of gender-themed posts by me to mindhacks.com.
Here’s Fine summarising her argument in the introduction to the 2010 book:
There are sex differences in the brain. There are also large […] sex differences in who does what and who achieves what. It would make sense if these facts were connected in some way, and perhaps they are. But when we follow the trail of contemporary science we discover a surprising number of gaps, assumptions, inconsistencies, poor methodologies and leaps of faith.
This is a book about science works and how is made to work as much as it is a book about gender. It’s the Bad Science of cognitive neuroscience. Essential.