Steven Pinker on transsexualism

"The skill of being a good liar is to weave an occasional lie into a largely truthful matrix, so people won't simply write you off as not worth paying attention to."

-- Steven Pinker, 8 February 2001

A professor of psychology, Dr. Pinker moved to Harvard in 2003 after 20 years at MIT working in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department. He is the author of many books on mind and language, including The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language, Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language, and How the Mind Works. His writing is also used by J. Michael Bailey in his Human Sexuality class, and Dr. Pinker is a member of the Human Biodiversity Institute with Bailey.

Dr. Pinker is quoted twice in Joseph Henry Press publicity for J Michael Bailey's The Man Who Would Be Queen, though he's only attributed once. This gives the impression the other review is from somone else.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10530.html

"With a mixture science, humanity, and fine writing, J. Michael Bailey illuminates the mysteries of sexual orientation and identity in the best book yet written on the subject. The Man Who Would Be Queen may upset the guardians of political correctness on both the left and the right, but it will be welcomed by intellectually curious people of all sexes and sexual orientations. A truly fascinating book."

-- Steven Pinker, Peter de Florez Professor, MIT, and author of How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature"

J Michael Bailey’s The Man Who Would Be Queen is an engaging book on the science of sexual orientation. ...highly sympathetic to gay and transsexual men..."

-- The Guardian (London), June 28, 2003
http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,12084,986174,00.html

After my initial attempts to reach Bailey intellectually and emotionally, I took solace in the words of Professor Pinker, as told to his friend Steve Sailer at the Human Biodiversity Institute:

"We cannot teach a psychopath that crime is wrong even if no one sees you commit it. With everyone else, we can appeal to their empathy, alerting them to the harm they do to other people; to their intellect, pointing out that they cannot logically hold others to standards that they flout themselves; and to their sense of character, reminding them that a person of principle will, in the long run and for good reason, be trusted and esteemed more than someone who cuts corners whenever he thinks he can get away with it."

Below: Pinker and the Brain plotting their takeover of the intellectual world.

Other resources:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,3926387,00.html

Steven Pinker argues that much of who we are, our personalities, our intelligence, our developmental “stages” are mostly a deep-seated program inherited through our genes. He says the environment’s role has been overstated by left-leaning scientists who would prefer to believe that all of us begin the same and are then shaped by economic and social circumstances. What, he asks, if we are all essentially different? His most recent book is The Blank Slate.

Notes to address later:

Affective neuroscience
Sailer reviews Pinker
Pinker computational model of brain
Evidence-based medicine
Duke Center for Clinical Health Policy Research

1) Simon Baron-Cohen, The Essential Difference, The truth about the Male & Female Brain(Basic Books)

Steven Pinker:"a striking new theory";

Seed Magazine(sponsor of Pinker at 92y.org):"Succeeds in illuminating how fundamental differences between male and female thinking can be blamed on that single, scrawny Y";

Deborah Blum, author of Sex on the Brain;

Nature;

Newsweek.
2) Tama Janowitz, Peyton Amberg.

3)Homosexuality and Civilization by Louis Crompton(Harvard University Press).

4)television series, "10-8," episode, "Gun of a Son,"

http://www.edge.org/documents/archive/edge160.html