Science, Title IX & Sports Competition Equality


1.      How has the recent cultural politicization of science and it’s communication to the public affected society ?

Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992, and taught for 16 years in the department of psychology at the University of Virginia, Here he discusses how science has been politicized.

The politicization of politics. Video – 9 min.


2.      Filter “Bubbles”, how do I know I’m in one ?     TED talk – Eli Pariser  - Video Clip

The unintended consequence of algorithms commonly used in newsfeeds and online search-engines is to get trapped in a "filter bubble" and not be exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser demonstrates how this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.

3.  A look at Science and Title IX - Connecticut

“Hartford, Connecticut —Three Connecticut girls who have run high school track have filed a federal discrimination complaint saying a statewide policy on transgender athletes has cost them top finishes in races and possibly college scholarships.

The complaint filed Monday with the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights was submitted on behalf of the girls, who are asking for an investigation of the policy and orders that would make competitions fair. The complaint also cites the federal Title IX rules aimed at equal rights in sports for female athletes.

"We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts; it's demoralizing," one of the three girls filing suit said.

Story – CBS News

The Democratic party platform, - 2020 Platform, pages 33, 42, 48.  A review of the biological / evolutionary science, links below. Background of the speakers is included below.


3.B. How has gender and science been influenced by cultural pressure ?

1. Gender / Sex – Culture affecting science – video clip

1.B. Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying - Gender Ideology vs Biology  - video clip

2. Science, Politics and Gender Issues  - video clip

3. The difference between gender and sex – video 9 min.

4. Politics and Gender Research – Dr. Deborah Soh  - Video Clip

5. A Scientific examination of the issues surrounding Transgender doctor, Rachel Levine,
    - the new Biden Administration assistant health secretary
 - Video Clip


Bret Weinstein is a Theoretical Evolutionary Biologist and Former Professor Biology Professor at The Evergreen State College. He attended the University of California at Santa Cruz and earned a B.A. with Honors in Biology in 1993. He later attained his Ph.D. in biology in 2009 from the University of Michigan.

Heather Heying holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Class of 1992. She earned her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2001.


COVID – The Science and Public Policy Application

1.      Prof Bret Weinstein answers questions about the science of COVID, the vaccine and public policy – Video Clip