John Staddon is a Duke University emeritus professor of psychology and neuroscience.
That’s an impressive title; but the scholar was recently cut down a notch, by way of his removal from a prestigious email discussion group.
As reported by The College Fix, John was 86’d from the listserv of the Society for Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology Division 6, which is overseen by the American Psychological Association.
Concerning sex, it seems the professor got himself in a binary bind.
Here’s what he posted:
“Hmm… Binary view of sex false? What is the evidence? Is there a Z chromosome?”
That led to an email from administrators which was republished by the National Association of Scholars.
The article’s title: “Cancel Culture in the Sciences: A Case Study.”
The division leadership has received complaints about some of the posts that you have sent to the division listserv. I do not want to get into the particulars of the range of complaints over the years, but I will note that a number of members of the executive committee and others have voiced concerns publicly on the listserv in an attempt to make you aware of how readers of the list might view some of the posts.
“The executive committee views the use of the division listserv as a privilege,” the message relayed, “and has voted to remove you from the listserv. I am writing to inform you that your email address has been removed from the listserv.”
The authors — SBNCP/Div6 Presidential Trio Jonathon Crystal, Mark Krause, and Tony Puente — wished John “other outlets to share [his] views.”
The letter linked to a code of conduct condemning “all forms of discrimination…” and expressing support for members of varied “race, ethnicity, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, language, national origin, veteran status, socioeconomic status, marital status, parental status, and religion…”
“Our Society celebrates this diversity,” it states.
John’s response — printed as well — featured the following:
I wondered how long this would take! I have never insulted anyone; no ad hominem criticism (unlike those to whom you are responding—rather cravenly, I must add). I may have been a bit flippant on occasion.
The APA has been going downhill for some time. I thought that Div 6 might a holdout. Alas, it was not to be!
The code of conduct does champion tolerance for dissenting views:
Treat everyone with respect and consideration. It is acceptable in a scientific organization and at scientific meetings for members to have strong differences of opinion or different theoretical perspectives on aspects of psychological science.
[T]hose differences and disagreements can be conveyed in ways that do not make other people feel threatened, demeaned, discriminated against, or harassed.
Speaking to The College Fix, John said the listserv’s “a forum for discussion for people interested in comparative psychology and neuroscience. It is supposed to be scientific, not political.”
Is sex political at this point? It appears to be settled science.
According to prominent institutions, gender — to whatever degree it now exists apart from sex — is limitless.
At the early stages of development, children are being schooled by the government via sex education far freer than a binary system.
In March, I covered Nebraska’s eyeing of education standards that would teach 11-year-olds about pansexuality and demigenderism.
Cosmo defines the latter:
Two-spirit is an umbrella term that encompasses all gender and sexual diversities outside the classic binary genders. The most appropriate gender identity to compare it to would be queer (which is also a generic umbrella term).
But because of the number two in “two-spirit,” the term is now often used (outside of the Indigenous community) interchangeably with demigender, bigender, and gender-fluid — aka how people identify when they experience themselves across multiple spectrums of gender.
Last month, a San Diego school district added 2,000 books for elementary students.
It Feels Good To Be Yourself
Age range: 4-8
Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between. This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others.
It appears Professor John may not be as educated as a 4-year-old.
And evidently — according to his email exchange — that’s sad:
“It is sad that an audience of supposed scientists is unable to take any dissenting view, such as the suggestion that there really are only two sexes. Incredible! I don’t mind having one less distraction, but I think you should really be concerned at Div 6’s unwillingness to tolerate divergent views.”
The culture is changing.
Intellectuals will need to catch up.
If you doubt our transformation, look no further than the current state of knitting:
— Alex Parker (@alexparker1984) May 18, 2021
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