Aishwarya Rao
Just days after Coca Cola wrote to CSE offering support on establishing clear criteria for pesticides residues in soft drink,an official experts' committee has thrashed the CSE for using unscientifc testing methods and basing accusations on inconclusive results. - A classic example of how public relations and government lobbying can and will deliver.
Aishwarya Rao

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Aishwarya Rao
On 3rd of April last year, I met two of my now very good friends for the first time. It turned out to be an unforgettable evening. Not that we were at TGIF cutting table tissues with bar knives...but we were engaged in a 3hr discussion on the differences between sexes. I clearly remember the madness. Me, trying to prove that classical conditioning is the reason why men and women behave the way they do, my good friend refuting it by citing biological evolution as the fundamental trigger and the third sipping cold coffee, with a hopelessness about life and his 2 companions.

Today I came across this article in The Economist. It takes a while but definitely worth the read.

While the article concludes that reasons more biological than external (such as cultural stereotyping) might explain behavioural differences between men and women, the conclusion is based more on compilation of experiments than on any substantial evidence. It is apparent that most of the social science experiments have been carried out on men and women than on new-borns (which might be important if one wants to prove that people are born with certain abilities and preferences).

Next the results of these experiments (such as who has better math/verbal ability...or who is more aggressive?) on behavioural patterns show negligible gaps which are often generalized and mass extrapolated for the sake of convenience . With -0.02 as the difference between men and women on a range of variables such as math/verbal ability/reading comprehension, it is grossly inappropriate to conclude that men have better math skills and women better verbal skills.

Since the list can go on, it still remains to be seen through experiments with minimum limitations generating conclusive evidence, whether it is biological factors or classical conditioning that impacts behavioural patterns. So long, we might as well enjoy reading such well presented and balanced arguments.