I much enjoyed the second of three episodes of Science Britannica on BBC2 this evening, most notably for the contribution of Simon Baron-Cohen, an eminent psychology professor at Cambridge University. He was the originator of the thesis that autism is an expression of an extreme male-pattern brain, a theory which has since gained widespread acceptance.
The good professor talked about the importance of a ‘systemising brain’ to scientific inquiry, and despite my shouting at the television, the programme didn’t make the obvious link to his work – that the male brain is ‘hard wired’ for systemising, while the female brain is ‘hard wired’ for empathising. It has been verboten in mainstream media for decades to say that the vast majority of men and women act gender-typically given the choice, and that those actions result primarily from gender-typical brain differences.
Gender-typical brain differences are a reality which feminists fight with every fibre of their miserable beings, while neuroscientists build a mountain of evidence. Feminists are like flat earth theorists who have an explanation for every scientific explanation that proves them wrong.
Baron-Cohen wrote a remarkable book published in 2003, The Essential Difference. I had short extracts in my book David and Goliatha: David Cameron – heir to Harman? (2010), later included in The Glass Ceiling Delusion: the real reasons few women reach senior positions (2011). The following is the first 10 pages from a chapter in the latter book entitled, ‘The Different Natures of Men and Women’. The last four pages are concerned with Baron-Cohen’s book: