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I am not actually an airport, a city, any sports team, a band, a rapper, a law blog, or a teachers’ union. he/him

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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
11 years ago
Grabbing an iPhone first thing in the morning is the 21st century equivalent of grabbing a pack of cigarettes off the bedside table. #fb
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2 days ago
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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
9 days ago
One of the things that erodes my confidence a little is that one of the authors was also the sister of a Music prof. So I might be conflating things there.
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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
9 days ago
One of the things that gives me some confidence in the timeline (1993, between marriages) is that I learned she was one of the authors of the Harvard Guide to Women's Health, which was on @xzqx's bookshelf. I remember that part clearly.
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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
9 days ago
So my memory on this one is hazier. I'm pretty sure I took his course in 1993. He expounded at length that he and his partner were proudly and deliberately child-free. https://t.co/zAmwsWN7Kv
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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
9 days ago
Okay, so I was a Cognitive Science major in college back in the early 90s, and I have a couple St*ven P*nker anecdotes. Nothing deep or new, just vignettes from taking one of his classes.
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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
9 days ago
Weird, though, in giving so much time to it in a class digression, he drew the class’s attention to it.
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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
9 days ago
Looking at it now, it must have been significantly before it was published (Sept 1994), so he was refuting this book pre-press. https://t.co/rTa86flOSd
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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
9 days ago
Oh! I remember he railed against The Bell Curve with a vengeance. Which, sure: good & correct. https://t.co/zAmwsWN7Kv
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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
9 days ago
Okay, so I was a Cognitive Science major in college back in the early 90s, and I have a couple St*ven P*nker anecdotes. Nothing deep or new, just vignettes from taking one of his classes.
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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
9 days ago
Anyway, LOL at such tiny Ns. I do wonder about the generalizability of studies made in Cambridge, MA, that considered debiasing the population only based on a male/female split.
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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
9 days ago
(Weird, also, to assume I was prudish. I had had a smidgen of exposure to feminist theory at the time, and meant what I said. Sadly, I didn’t have the confidence in the subject to stick to my guns at the time.)
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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
9 days ago
(Weird, huh? Such a linguistically prescriptivist take from someone working in a descriptivist field. Oh, and of course that biological binary essentialism feels weirder now.)
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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
9 days ago
WRONG! “Gender” is only a meaningful term in languages! What I meant was “Sex,” according to P*nker. Was I too prudish to say “sex” in class?
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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
9 days ago
Having had some actual experimental experience, though, I knew a practical approach in vogue: ensure that the subjects were balanced on the gender binary. So I answered in class.
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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
9 days ago
Back in those days, the field spent a lot of time making sure that our dataset was unbiased in the population. But when the population was N<30 or so, drawn from volunteers you could get to wander into the lab, there’s not a lot you could do to ensure an unbiased population.
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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
9 days ago
So he was relatively junior in the department, and taught the experimental Cog Sci class. Well, I thought. He was enthusiastic and engaged and passionate about the subject matter. At the time, there were not a lot of undergrad courses offered by the department, and his stood out.
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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
9 days ago
Disclaimer: he gave me my one ‘C’ as an undergrad. This is not about that.
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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
9 days ago
Okay, so I was a Cognitive Science major in college back in the early 90s, and I have a couple St*ven P*nker anecdotes. Nothing deep or new, just vignettes from taking one of his classes.
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Adam (not an airport) Lindsay
a month ago
The anger accompanying my grief overwhelms me.
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