In this month’s issue of Popular Science, I wrote a (very) short column about “hardwired” sex differences in the human brain. My premise: There aren’t any meaningful differences, and the studies that go after them are usually riddled with faulty assumptions and methodological flaws.
The idea of innate differences is cemented in our culture, as I discovered from the large number of hateful emails I received regarding the piece (far more than any other story I’ve written). Today on Twitter, neuroscientist Kevin Mitchell launched a conversation about my column, which he found to be riddled with assumptions and flaws of its own. I don’t agree, but I have a great deal of respect for Kevin and found the discussion to be interesting enough to re-publish here. I’ll continue to update it if/when more Tweets come in, and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
For anyone who is interested in learning more about the incredibly strong affects of culture on the brain, I would highly recommend Cordelia Fine’s book, Delusions of Gender. It’s a fast, fascinating read, and definitely influenced my thinking on the subject.