Monday 31 October 2011

The Argument against Monocultures

No matter whether you're Left or Right, please bear in mind the words of Oliver Cromwell (not my favourite person BTW):
"I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken."
Try to see why others think the way they do. Try to think about whether some of what they're saying might actually be justified, to however small an extent. Try to look for weaknesses and flaws in your own beliefs.

Then go out and do the best you can. Don't let doubt deter you from doing what you see is right, just be prepared to refine and improve your judgement there. If you demonise all your opponents, you won't recognise the real nasties on the opposite side - or on yours. You can bank on it that in matters great and small, both exist.

Saturday 29 October 2011

The Biology of Sexual Orientation

My family health issues have subsided, though I'm still swamped with teaching and compiling my thesis.

It's been a month without blogging - the longest gap so far. All I can say is that writing up a PhD thesis will do that to you.

Blogging will continue to be light, but at least won't be non-existent. Hopefully things will be back to normal before Christmas.

In the meantime, for your edification and enjoyment, The Biology of Sexual Orientation - a presentation in 9 parts.

Part I: Introduction:

Part II: Biological Concepts

Part III: A Scientific Approach

Part IV: Family Studies and Birth Order

Part V: Molecular Studies

Part VI: A Neurohormonal Model

Part VII: Functional Cerebral Asymmetry

Part VIII: Hypothalamic Activation

Part IX: Conclusion