We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We are living in interesting times. We have this case of professional integrity on Dr. Littman's research being questioned because it challenges the prevailing orthodoxy. We have professor Amy Wax being pilloried for her observations on the salutary effects of bourgeois culture on society in general and child-rearing in particular. And we have Professor Judith Curry banishment from the field of climate science for pointing out that the predictions have a horrible track record. All of this in a culture where scientific reproducibility and verification is presently at an all-time low. Simple bias check, is it me or are fearless women starting to dominate the science battles that are worth fighting while the males are increasingly shying away from confrontation as a group? Or is it a case of just the Girl Fights getting the press coverage?
My step daughter is 15, and recently the third girl in her social circle just announced that she too is transgender. My stepdaughter was put on testosterone treatments last year when she was in the ninth grade. Her Dad and I have been unable to stop any of this because the medical and therapeutic professions have been absolutely supine to the demands of trans activists. A whole generation of gender nonconforming teenage girls being lost to hormone treatments and double mastectomies, known as ‘top surgery ‘.
I can't help but wonder why this former dean at Harvard is questioning Brown University's lack of support for a professor questioning the progressive narrative - where was he in 2006 when Larry Summers was run out of Harvard for daring to suggest there might be some reason other than "Patriarchy!" to explain the disparity in male/female STEM performance? It's not as if the banishment of wrongthink from academia is something new. As the Red Queen might have said had she been a professor, "Conclusions first, inquiry later."