This from a Science Professor at MIT?

From today’s New York Times article, “Harvard Chief Defends His Talk on Women“:

Nancy Hopkins, a professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who once led an investigation of sex discrimination there that led to changes in hiring and promotion, walked out midway through Dr. Summers’s remarks.

“When he started talking about innate differences in aptitude between men and women, I just couldn’t breathe because this kind of bias makes me physically ill,” Dr. Hopkins said.

Update: Harvard Psychology Professor Steven Pinker was interviewed on the matter in an e-mail exchange by the Harvard Crimson. As he points out,

[A]nother sign that we are dealing with a taboo is that when it comes to this issue, ordinarily intelligent scientists suddenly lose their ability to think quantitatively and warp statistical hypotheses into crude dichotomies.

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