Sexist biases in science are still fuelling inequality

WITH the depressing extent of the UK’s gender pay gap now laid bare, commentators have gone into overdrive discussing what – if anything – should be done about it. On Wednesday evening, amid the final countdown for firms to submit their pay data, gender was on the agenda at Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The occasion was the presentation of the Edinburgh Medal to Cordelia Fine, the celebrated professor of history and philosophy of science whose witty, engaging books about human psychology have been widely acclaimed. The topic of Fine’s address was “Science, Values and Gender Equality”, and she made a passionate case that great swathes of research into sex differences are fundamentally flawed.

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Published in The National on April 6 2018.

Published by Shona Craven

Writer, editor, talking head

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