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Win A Copy Of "T: The Story of Testosterone, the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us"
Plus: Some recent stuff you may have missed
Hey everyone — very excited for this book giveaway. First, though, as you may recall my last free newsletter was about the really shoddy stuff going on at Science-Based Medicine when it comes to the site’s coverage of youth gender dysphoria. I didn’t have it in me to drop another behemoth post into your inboxes, but there’s a sequel of sorts here that I published last week, if you’re interested. I found arguably 19 errors in just two of SBM’s four articles on this subject. In journalism, the technical term for such a high level of sloppiness is “not very good.”
What You’ve Missed If You’re Not A Premium Singal-Minded Subscriber
A very partial sampling, from oldest to most recent:
On The Benefits Of Somewhat Foggy Goggles - There is such a thing as being too observant.
Social Science Is Hard: Resume Audit Studies Edition - Black people are, on average, punished because of their names when they apply for jobs, relative to white people. But the precise source of this discrimination is a very important, unresolved question, and the answers researchers are turning up depend a great deal on the seemingly minor methodological choices they make.
A Misleading New Yorker Article About Prison Abolition Highlights Mainstream Media's Most Glaring Weakness- It’s interesting what can get published if it’s making a currently-trendy argument.
On Kamala Harris's Privileged Upbringing And Why It Matters - Racial identitarianism always obscures and stupefies.
What GLAAD and the ACLU Did This Week Is Disturbing, But Unsurprising - Acknowledging the stories of detransitioners doesn’t mean throwing those who benefit from transition under the bus. Unfortunately, some big, influential institutions haven’t gotten the memo.
Does The Racial Microaggressions Scale Actually Measure Exposure To Microaggressions? - The scale in question is being used to generate a lot of research, but if it doesn’t measure what it purports to, will that research be of any real use?
On Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Invisible Identities, And Weaponized Fragility - What happens when someone justifies their own abusive behavior by appealing to an identity characteristic no one else can see?
The Market For Religious Rituals That Can Scrub White People’s Souls Of Racism Is Red-Hot - What if there were other, more materially oriented ways to address racial disparities? Hmmmmmmmmm…………….
Your Personality Is Not A Sexual Orientation - Spoken like a true allosexual.
Great Job Deplatforming Andy Ngo And Abigail Shrier, You Guys - On the perpetually irresistible folly of trying to ban ideas you don’t like.
$300 Per Child, Per Month, Matters A Hell Of A Lot More Than The Garbage We Waste So Much Time Arguing About - The presidential candidate none of us smartypants writer types believed in accomplished something that could prove a very big deal to millions of families.
On Wi Spa And Our Stunted National Conversation About Self-ID - This one’s fraught.
Win A Copy Of "T: The Story of Testosterone, the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us" by Carole Hooven
I am so behind on so many things, but I am really looking forward to coming up for air enough to read the Harvard University psychologist Carole Hooven’s “T: The Story of Testosterone, the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us,” especially after listening to her great appearance on Joe Rogan.
From the publisher:
Through riveting personal stories and the latest research, Harvard evolutionary biologist Carole Hooven shows how testosterone drives the behavior of the sexes apart and how understanding the science behind this hormone is empowering for all.
Since antiquity―from the eunuchs in the royal courts of ancient China to the booming market for “elixirs of youth” in nineteenth-century Europe―humans have understood that typically masculine behavior depends on testicles, the main source of testosterone in males. Which sex has the highest rates of physical violence, hunger for status, and desire for a high number of sex partners? Just follow the testosterone.
Although we humans can study and reflect on our own behavior, we are also animals, the products of millions of years of evolution. Fascinating research on creatures from chimpanzees to spiny lizards shows how high testosterone helps males out-reproduce their competitors. And men are no exception.
Just reading that description got me so fired up I want to go club an animal to death, drag it back to my cave, cook it over an open flame, and feed it to women and children.
I’ve got three copies to give away to you fine people, regardless of your testosterone level. It’s been a minute, so if you don’t remember the rules:
-To enter, send an email with the subject line ‘testosterone,’ no quotes, to email@example.com. If you misspell it it won’t get sorted into the right subfolder and you’ll miss this, your one chance in life to win a free book. (Well okay technically there will likely be others.)
-I’ll do three drawings. For the first two, whoever I pick will win a copy as long as they’re at least a free subscriber. For the third, I will keep picking until I pick a paid subscriber, meaning paid subscribers, as always, have an extra chance at winning a book.
-You gotta enter by 11:00 pm Eastern, tomorrow, July 28.