Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Sexism and Hurricane Names: Nope

God, so much nope.

And for some pretty obvious reasons. Most obviously: using data from before hurricanes even had male names. (You could do that...but obviously it's sketchy.) And, of course: we had less-advanced meteorology and a less-sophisticated warning system. I hadn't thought, however, of another important point: sturdier buildings in later years. And, in fact, it does turn out that hurricanes have become, in general, less deadly over time for those reasons.

One related point: sexism does not infect everything.

The view that sexism infects everything is no more plausible than the view that it infects nothing.

Unrelatedly:

What is it with the deluge of crappy social scientific studies we seem to be unceasingly subjected to? It's gotten so bad that I often just glance at the title of the news reports and think: nope.

I wonder whether this might invigorate skepticism about science.

I wonder whether it ought to...

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