Larry Summers and Sex Differences
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
There has been a lot of discussion about what Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers said or did not say about women pursuing careers in the sciences, but the more relevant and disturbing issue has been the reaction to his comment ("Last ride of the thought police," Commentary, Friday).
Science and academia are built on research and discussion, not ridicule of unpopular or dissenting opinions. Clearly, one of the great advancements of the past century has been the progress of feminism in giving women the freedom and power to find their professional calling in whichever field their talents, interests and desires drive them. However, we cannot allow ourselves to allow any ideology - even one fueled by a good cause - to be used in a way to bias and censure scientific research and discussion. Some of science's darkest moments in history came from attempts to decide science based on ideological belief rather than research and discussion.
Sex is fundamental to our species, is driven by biology and is the product of perhaps tens of millions of years of evolution. …