Thursday, November 17, 2022

Sean M. Carroll Goes Woke on Sex

Sean M. Carroll has become one of the leading expositors of advanced Physics, but he has a lot of strange views that will make you skeptical of whatever he tells you.

The biggest is that he believes in the many-worlds alternative to quantum mechanics. This is a belief that anything is possible, and that nothing is more likely than anything. It is a complete rejection of all modern science.

He has his own rationalization that is mostly circular reasoning.

In his latest Ask Me Anything podcast, he says that he does not see a moral justification for parents spending money on their children's education. He says all children should get the same education.

He is married with no kids.

He is welcome to his opinions, but he does not describe the American situation accurately. In California, his home state until recently, the schools get about 50% of the state budget, and the poor districts get at least as much as the rich districts. The rich are not getting any better educational opportunities.

Some rich parents do send their kids to expensive schools, but the educational opportunities are not much different from public schools.

He has also joined the sex-deniers who say that biological sex is not binary. Biology professor Jerry Coyne is a big fan of Carroll, because of what he says in favor of determinism and against libertarian free will, but schools him on biological sex.

In reality, what they are trying to do is the reverse: adjust scientific reality so that it aligns with social justice. That is, if sex is a spectrum and not binary, then people of different genders can somehow feel that they are in harmony with biological reality. But that’s an example of the “appeal to nature.” The rights of people of different genders, including transsexual people, do not depend on the developmental biology of sex, or of any observations in nature about sex dichotomies.

I’m not going to discuss my claim that sex is binary; I’ve talked about it at length, as did Luana Maroja in her piece at Substack. I’ll just put it out there that the going biological definition of sex is that there are two sexes in vertebrates: males (who produce small mobile gametes) and females (who produce large, immobile gametes). There is no group that produces intermediate types of gametes that can unite with other gametes, so there is nothing beyond these two sexes.

Carroll is not a biologist. He is not to be confused with the somewhat more accomplished scientist, Sean B. Carroll, who really is an expert biologist.

I assume that Sean M. Carroll is smart enough to know the difference between male and female. But it appears that he is willing to recite nonsense in order to please his Leftist Woke fans.

I suggest keeping this in mind when listening to him. He sometimes gives pretty good explanations of textbook physics, but his opinions on big picture physics are dubious, and his moral and politcal opinions are garbage.

2 comments:

  1. I would never tell someone what their sexual preference were, as what one likes is their own choice. No one can dictate to another what their favorite flavor of ice cream is, much less what gets their engine humming.

    I would however tell someone that their own personal preferences does not extend to redefining basic human biology to make them feel better, nor does it give them the right to demand others participate int their dementia. I have dealt with schizophrenics first hand, you don't tell them the voices in their head telling them to hurt people or themselves are real, or that the mailman or fedex delivery person is really spying on them for the CIA.

    You do not tell someone with anorexia who is clearly starving and underweight that they are fat in order to affirm their self image or identity and encourage them to get liposuction.

    You sure as hell don't tell a kid who hasn't even gone through puberty to cut their penis or breasts off because 'it will make them feel better'. Anyone who thinks mutilating a person with dementia or body dysmorphia is a good idea is themselves a candidate for psychological counseling (preferably by someone who is not also insane). You don't let crazy people determine mental health unless you are intending to do harm.

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  2. > "Sean M. Carroll has become one of the leading expositors of advanced Physics, but he has a lot of strange views that will make you skeptical of whatever he tells you. "

    Yes, he has been [initially] annoying in his main professional theses in the recent years, and not just that, but also [initially] outright irritating to me. Check out my latest blog post.

    Advanced? My foot!

    Best,
    --Ajit

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