Sunday 26 March 2017

Time to introduce a National Day of Common Sense

Scientist Tim Hunt forced to resign because of his tongue-in-cheek comments that men and women shouldn’t work in the lab together because either side might fall in love
Scientist Tim Hunt forced to resign because of his tongue-in-cheek comments that men and women shouldn’t work in the lab together because either side might fall in love
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

As we lurch ever closer to what was traditionally known as the silly season (assuming 'silly' hasn't been banned as an offensive word), it's nice to know that some people are committed to keeping silliness alive on a 24/7, 365 basis.

Things have reached such levels of toxic absurdity that even the empirical, logic-based world of science is no longer immune from the shrieking mob.

First, we had the vapid stupidity of 'Shirt-gate', which saw scientist Matt Taylor forced to make a tearful apology for wearing an 'offensive' shirt. Now his fellow scientist, Tim Hunt, has been forced to resign because of his tongue-in-cheek comments last week that men and women shouldn't work in the lab together because either side might fall in love with the other and, unforgivably, he suggested that women were more prone to crying in the workplace than men.

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