We're the pissed off and angry party and we're here to be offended.
The Science Museum in London has announced it will reconsider its exhibition on sex and gender – after it faced criticism over a quiz that tested whether a brain was male or female. Located on the first floor, Who Am I? is a permanent gallery that has been in the museum over 15 years. The exhibition explores the underlying …
...whether it agrees with current scientific understanding or not.
Oh wait, it doesn't agree with current scientific understanding, and it wasn't clearly labelled as representing something which people used to believe in the previous century.
Bring on the phrenologists, too, and don't give kids a clue that the reading of the bumps on their heads doesn't actually mean that they are vicious little sods fit only for the eugenics camps.
"Although it is widely agreed that male and female brains do differ chemically with various hormones, whether that translates into cognitive abilities is still debatable."
According to what I've read there is scientific evidence that male and females have different strengths and weaknesses.
You'll have to forgive me though as I'm not up-to-date on the latest "reality", are we now supposed to pretend that men and women are exactly the same?
Re: It reported my gender.....
The machine saw me coming & immediately gave a BSOD in self defense. The museum sent me a restraining order telling me to stay away or they'd send me the bill for the AI's therapy.
Someone else who enjoyed Dave Allen's reaction to the introduction of an AI priest to take confession?
Re: What the actual fuck
Not sure either, was it about the choice of colour. After all my years of studying birds I have come to understand that some birds start building a house and then they get very verbal and start vividly spinning their cock outside until a she, hopefully, comes along to go yes or no. And after all my years of studying elephants I have found that young and beautiful female elephants don't give a shit about all the Verstappens of the world but let a mature guy like me in. Is that due to their parents, kindergarten or the collage they attended, the brains, or just the balls or their absence. Time to study eunuchs I suppose. Oh no I won't, what the hell about the colour.
"young and beautiful female elephants"
I really shouldn't judge in this modern society, but are you saying that you have sex with elephants?
Honestly, I'm not even sure how that would work because elephants have four feet and humans don't. I would imagine you would be completely incapable of congress with only six inches.
Re: What the actual fuck
"the Science Museum should not have displays which purport to communicate scientifically-established ideas but which actually have no such basis."
To be fair, it IS a museum, so having exhibits of outdated historical artefacts is pretty much why they are there. Except they didn't label it as such, which is a shame. Maybe they should try and stay away from "bleeding edge" science since that is pretty much a moving target much of the time.
that no one actually reported, demanded or even questioned the validity any of the assertions, which could be established by running - say 1-000 people through the tests to see if, actually it did reveal any statistically significant differences.
Presumably that us a risk no politically correct person dare take.
To be fair it does date back to 2000, well before women had the vote and before we realised that they had minds as well.
It is going to be replaced by a contemporary balanced question:
Are you a thick racist neanderthal brexit brain or a modern go-ahead dynamic remain cultured genius brain?
Well I don't know if brexit/remain is the same, but there have been some interesting studies comparing the conservative brain with the liberal brain. The conservative brain was found to have a markedly stronger fear response, which may explain why conservative candidates are successful in playing on fear - fear of outsiders/immigrants, fear of terrorists, fear of crime, fear of communists, etc.
"conservative brain with the liberal brain"
I don't understand this. In most political thinking conservatism and liberalism are considered complementary not opposites, involving free enterprise and minimal regulation. Socialism, by contrast, tends to only work by imposing order on people which is illiberal.
David Cameron considered himself a liberal and Tony Blair famously sought his "third way".
as if the entire field of behavioural psychology
Curious thing is that degree courses in BP are almost always Bachelors of Science, when they clearly should be Arts. And sticking to the theme of the original article, shouldn't the women get a Spinster's?
"Oh, yes I got my Spinster's of Arts in Behavioural Psychology from Wrexham Glyndŵr University. It was really hard work"
"telling girls they have "pink brains""
So where is the outrage about telling boys they have blue ones?
Does this feminist twitter fart think pink ones are inferior? Perhaps because girls have them?
Maybe the exhibit should include transparent brains for the air heads complaining about it.
Re: "telling girls they have "pink brains""
Came here for pretty much the same comment. Maybe it's the limits of a tweet, but she doesn't appear to be upset that they are suggesting that males and females have different brains, or that there is a "male" brain and a "female" brain, but that the female brain is represented as pink. Which, it is (at least, more pink than blue).
Re: "telling girls they have "pink brains""
to answer that you need to understand that if you are an extreme feminist certain things are verbotten and one of those things is to suggest that the male of the species might have a complaint as well.
Firstly, its not about equality, its about superiority, they actually care not one iota for things being equal.
Secondly you just have to follow the ramblings of people like Caroline Criado Perez for an insight into how they think, a good example is when one of the two people convicted of making threatening and malicious communications turned out to be female Ms CP said it was because the woman in question had "internalised mysoginy", in other words it was the mans fault again.!
So thats the key thing here, those of us who are penis wielding rationalists really dont care what colour the brain is depicted as and also recognise that men and women are different.
Whoever, if you are a fully paid up member of the extreme feminist brigade (perhaps it should be called "so called feminist state" ala ISIS and the BBC!) you are only interested in the pink jobs.
Whilst the great thinker Reg in the life of Brian wanted the right to have babies, the sad reality is that he can't actually fire them out even if granted that right because we are different, in exactly the same way that should one of the extreme feminist loons choose to write their name in the snow with their own urine via the micturation method she will just get wet feet!
Well, the question of nurture and nature in this particular field has come up I see:
According to this there is a suggestion that it is nurture that pushes this stereotype.
So they could rename the quiz:
"Are you a uk-socio-economic-female brain or a uk-socio-economic-male brain as of 2016 standards"?
Change the pink and blue to green and red. No that has stop go connetations.
How about green and brown? Nah. Old gods link.
Pastel yellowy and pastel greeny?
Obligatory sexist brain joke
Bright astrophysicist is referred to brain surgeon. He gives her the bad news: she has early onset dementia. She is understandably upset, and the surgeon, who is a bit of a shady character, says "look, I shouldn't tell you this, but there is a highly active market in second hand brains. I've got a contact..."
In the second hand brain shop....
"Well, my dear, we have this one: 1.30kg, female brain, some kind of business genius --- $10,000"
"Have you got anything more science-based?" she asks.
"Well, if you don't mind spending a bit more, we have this one, 1.31kg, female mathematician, $20,000"
"Hmm, good" she muses. "What if money's no object?"
"Ah", says the brain salesman, eyes lighting up "Well, in that case ..." and he opens a safe. "This is the brain of a male nuclear physicist. It is $50,000 for 1.4kg of brainpower"
"Wow" says our heroine, "why is it so expensive --- is it the extra 100 grams?"
"No, bless you my dear" says the salesman "It's a MALE brain ... it's hardly been used!"
I once heard of a device ...
... that purported to be capable of roughly differentiating between people of certain ethnicities by measuring the reflectivity to visible light of the skin on the back of the subject's hand. This was of course rightly dismissed as being racist claptrap, and there was no scientific basis for the ridiculous idea that differences in skin composition are in any way based upon a person's ethnic ancestry. In fact we now know that the very idea that different ethic groups exist is quite outrageous and offensive, but believe it or not such superstitions were quite prevalent at one time. But that was in the barbaric days when people not only believed in racial differences, but were also so intolerant of sexual diversity that a person could be thrown in jail merely for having sex, despite the fact that the 5 year old was fully consenting.
>> Although it is widely agreed that male and female brains do differ chemically with various hormones, whether that translates into cognitive abilities is still debatable.
No it really isn't. Nearly all studies in this area show gender-based cognitive differences. For example, taking the average, nearly all women have better developed communication skills, and nearly all men have better 3D spatial awareness.
So while this exhibit may not be PeeCee enough for the new fact-free belief system that we're all being socially engineered into taking as somehow unquestionably self-evident, it is factually correct and backed up with experimental results The real problem is that inconvenient truths clearly have no place in the modern social agenda.