the blog had simply gotten ‘too weird’
Youtube is so weird. One channel I watch had a video delisted - not just demonetised - for exposing a very, very dangerous "craft hack", but the videos for the craft hack (which has caused deaths and life-changing injuries) were still up.
Having worked in female dominated professions - i kind of agree that single sex isn’t great. But I definitely prefer majority female offices. They are generally calmer & more productive without the male need to constantly battle of the pack leader spot.
A great start to my Friday, as always! Thank you.
I have to say: Agnes Callard sounds like the most exhausting human who has ever lived.
The extent to which norms in American higher education (particularly in non-STEM fields) have changed in the past two decades, often for the worst, as the number and power of women has increased can’t be wished away, no matter how much we might like to pretend otherwise. Though perhaps we can ignore it (especially if we live in another nation) or find solace in a silly quote from something called ‘Harvard Business Review.’
This has, in turn, spread from academia to cultural institutions, newsrooms, etc.
There’s a simple reason so many Americans believe this has happened. (It’s the same reason so many Brits believe immigration has led to better food in the U.K. or that it often is cloudy outside: it’s both true and obvious.)
Things have improved in so many ways for so many as women have been given greater opportunities, but we’ve entered the territory of willed ignorance when we pretend wokekess isn’t very much a female phenomena.
So now I want to know if women use the Fosbury flop and when a woman will develop an approach that advantages those with a lower centre of gravity. (Though perhaps elite athletes don't have the same weight distribution as -ahem -most of us).
Marvellous New Yorker-ese: “We sat at the kitchen table, and he dipped the pita into hummus he had just blended.” The article feeds my suspicion that there is no psychology, only neurology.
HL, did you never find out what your untoward remark was? Or is it classified?
Ah yes, the subtle cruelties of the single-sex all girls' school. Much better to work in a mixed environment. Thanks again for such an entertaining newsletter
I love the Spark, so was really happy to see that it has re-started. I've just listed to the Stuart Ritchie one and, as a one-time academic psychologist many many years ago, a lot of what he said resonated. I was a bit surprised neither of you mentioned Ben Goldacre's work, though. There's a lot of read across.
One comment with respect to this part of you well written article, “but also to wokeness, to the “progressive,” “liberal,” and “secular” values that pervade all major institutions.”
The term liberal may not fit in this context anymore, and in fact, may not mean what we think it means. Liberal and conservative are poles of an ideology so can be totally different depending on the ideology. I would love to hear what you think about the the two terms in todays crazy politics.