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Sexism and Racism

Written about 2001, modified 2009/02/17
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Sexism - why have males dominated as the great scientists?

Copernicus, Da Vinci, Galileo, Newton, Einstein; all males. There have been few females who might be called great scientists, why?

The ability of girls to achieve high scores for university entrance has demonstrated that they have as much ability as boys do. Is the problem that women have been discriminated against and downtrodden, not permitted to compete on an equal level? In the past I've little doubt that this would have been true, but not at present; at least not to anywhere near the same degree.

I believe the reason can be found in the nature of the two sexes. Men are more inclined to take on projects that have nothing to do with their social group, women are more inclined toward social matters, including family. To achieve greatness requires something very close to obsession and it is men who are more inclined to have obsessions with matters not relating to family and relationships.

I suspect that it's in our hormones.

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Racism - racial characteristics

In the West it is fashionable at present, politically correct, to hold that there are no differences that go beyond skin-deep between people of different races. Those who hold this belief admit (reluctantly?) that some racial groups have darker skins than others, some groups have broader noses than others do; but to hold that different races have different levels of abilities is not acceptable to them.

Is it likely? Some races are heavier boned than others, some are taller, some have different facial features; is it not very likely that some will, for example, live more from day to day while others will tend to plan and work for the future?

 

Gardening in our genes?

There seems to be an 'in-built' love of gardening in Western People. Especially as they get older, Caucasians love to scratch about in their gardens. I haven't seen this in Australian Aborigines.

I suggest that this love of gardening has been selected for in Western people (and many others, but not Australian Aborigines) over the last 10 000 years. People who had a stronger love of gardening produced more food crops, consequently they suffered less from famines, and left more descendents.

Western peoples have been associated with agriculture for up to 10 000 years, while Australian Aborigines, for example, have never developed an agricultural way of life. (Some aboriginal groups did develop the beginnings of an agriculture, they encouraged some of those plants that they found useful.) Can one believe that no selection for characteristics associated with farming developed over 10 000 years when the lives of the agriculturalists depended on their skill? To be a successful raiser of plants one must always have in the back of one's mind the needs of those plants; there is a need for a 'work ethic' (another concept that seems to be less fashionable at present). Hunter-gatherers, by contrast, did not need to devote themselves to the needs of other organisms in this way.

People who lived in places with severe winters had a much greater need to plan ahead than did those who hunted and gathered in milder climates. In the former group, if you didn't collect enough food during the period when it was plentiful to get you over the time when it was scarce you faced starvation; while hunter-gatherers in tropical or mild climates could live by what they found every day.

Wildflows near Kalbarri, W. Australia  
None of this necessarily means that one racial group is superior to another; the idea of superiority or inferiority is a very difficult one to judge, the human being is a very complex thing; and I'm not at all sure that superiority or inferiority is a very useful concept when considering racial characteristics. However, I do believe that to deny the possibility of deep-seated differences between races is to deny reality, to hide one's head in the sand.

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Some will claim that while such difference do exist between racial groups they are due only to the education and social pressures that the people involved have been subjected to during their life times; the 'nature or nurture' question. Again, I cannot believe that 10 000 years of selection is insufficient to bring about some pretty fundamental differences in populations.

We must keep open minds; to deny concepts because they may be unpalatable is always an error.






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