Thursday, April 25, 2024

Three types of anti-science Misinformation

Our scientific publications have been corrupted.

SciAm reports:

Here’s Why Human Sex Is Not Binary

This is bad science. The production of gametes does not sufficiently describe sex biology in animals, nor is it the definition of a woman or a man.

The animal kingdom does not limit itself to only one biological binary regarding how a species makes gametes. Scientifically speaking, animals with the capacity to produce ova are generally called “female” and sperm producers “male.” While most animal species fall into the “two types of gametes produced by two versions of the reproductive tract” model, many don’t. Some worms produce both. Some fish start producing one kind and then switch to the other, and some switch back and forth throughout their lives. There are even lizards that have done away with one type all together.

So sex is binary throughout the animal kingdom, except for some worms. And sex is immutable except for some fish.

Mammal sex is binary.

Another SciAm article:

How Anti-Trans Efforts Misuse and Distort Science

Three types of misinformation are being used against transgender people: oversimplifying scientific knowledge, fabricating and misinterpreting research and promoting false equivalences ...

Many of the arguments against trans rights center on the idea that transness itself is not legitimate—that there are just two sexes, period. You describe this idea as “sex essentialism.” ...

Essentialism is the idea that you can take any phenomenon that is complex and distill it down to a particular set of traits. In the case of sex essentialism, the idea is that you can sufficiently describe sex by a few particular characteristics. In this debate, it used to be chromosomes, now it’s gametes (egg and sperm cells). The target is always moving, because if you want to make something binary, then you need to find the most binary characteristic. Today, sex essentialism boils all of sex down to the gametes that a person produces. Then you draw a line from gametes to all of these other characteristics—to sex roles, even to the personality of an entire individual.

Biologists have used gametes to define sex for about a century. And yes, there are just two sexes, period.
Today dishonest ascriptions of what biology is are being deployed to restrict women’s bodily autonomy, target LGBTQIA+ individuals broadly and, most recently, attack the rights of transexual and transgender people.

Given what we know about biology across animals and in humans, efforts to represent human sex as binary based solely on what gametes one produces are not about biology but are about trying to restrict who counts as a full human in society.

This is crazy stuff. Why the talk about "women’s bodily autonomy", if it denies the difference between men and women? Why "transexual and transgender people" -- do these trans people try to change their sex or their gender? No one is "trying to restrict who counts as a full human in society".

Science is corrupted.

1 comment:

CFT said...

The entire attack on basic biology for the sake of making a very tiny fraction of people with a particular mental disorder feel 'normal' is ridiculous. I would perhaps even posit it borders on a mental disorder itself in it's cognitive dissonance of known biological facts.

People so unstable and feeble that they have a higher statistical suicide rate than prisoners in German concentration camps are not people one should be pandering to, nor trying to design greater society around. This will only lead to more madness and mass psychosis.

I also wouldn't try to design society around pandering to deaf or blind people, or people with no arms or legs, and these people far exceed the number of those ACTUALLY suffering from gender dysphoria.