“Masculinity is a socially constructed phenomenon.” ( Begin watching from 1:11:03 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDNBEM3jMLY ) Such an absurd and ridiculous statement can be easily seen from those who study feminism and sociology. You can also find english major students hoarding a book by Jacques Derrida or Judith Butler which contains appalling writings full of sweeping claims of human nature without any empirical evidence. Steven Pinker eloquently demolishes the non-factual nonsense of the Humanities by clearly stating, “I believe testosterones exist. Biologically, men and women are different. In terms of violence, the topic of tonight, we can clearly see how male testosterones tend to cause more violence. Men kill 10 times more than women. This doesn’t mean culture doesn’t have a role. We can obviously see how different cultures portray masculinity and femininity in different ways. However, I do not wish to go as far as denying biological differences.”
If you wish to read more concerning the repugnant obscurantism and gibberish of these two, check out these links: http://philosoraptor.blogspot.com/2009/04/bad-writing-and-bad-thinking-judith.html (Butler’s atrocious writing examined)
http://www.economist.com/node/3308320 (brief account of Derrida’s bullshit)
http://adrianblau.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/is-derrida-full-of-bullshit-part-1/ (Derrida’s bullshit part 1)
http://adrianblau.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/is-derrida-full-of-bullshit-part-2/ (Derrida’s bullshit part 2)
http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2003/08/derrida_and_bul.html (The famous Leiter report demolishing the obscurantist jargon of Derrida)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvwhEIhv3N0 (Foucault, Derrida’s contemporary, criticizing him as “word terrorism”)
Unfortunately, Derrida and Butler are the bread and butter of much of the Humanities. The Humanities are so hungry for bullshit that it actively seeks for more. Alan Sokal, a physics professor, once posted an academic journal full of intentional gibberish and obscure words as a social critique on a post-modern cultural studies journal. (Source 1: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokal_affair , Source 2: http://www.physics.nyu.edu/sokal/weinberg.html ) Of course, it caught much fire and attention. Quite sad and pathetic. We can see from so many of these examples that the Humanities are loaded with toxic ideas. I once had a religious studies professor in my college. His adoration for Derrida was quite shocking. He attended his lectures personally and bragged about smoking cigarettes in front of Derrida. As if that charlatan is worthy of such respect! His antics furthered, culminating to his denouncement of Modernity as the equivalent of capitalist consumerism. I do not even wish to address the stupidity of this statement.
What we see from these examples is that we need an intellectual revolution within the Humanities. We need to be able to elevate the quality of our education, which is quite crucial for democracy. Many of their problems stem from posturing and objection towards evidence based thought. I assert that broadening one’s scientific knowledge and practice of logic must be taken more seriously within the Humanities. I assert that “Darwin’s Dangerous Idea” must not be obstructed by scientific ignorance and aversion to reason.
I end with Dennett explaining the staggering genius of Darwin and the sheer size of his influence which inevitably permeates all forms of knowledge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lfTPTFN94o
P.S. Peter Singer adds one to the table as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYYNY2oKVWU