Friday, February 25, 2005

It's An Environmental Construct, Silly

Hopeful Urban Legend Alert:

So I was surfing through the weblogs today when I find a very interesting story. Secular Blasphemy and PrestoPundit seem to have come upon something very disturbing. The jist of it, if you're too lazy to actually read those articles, is that apparently, the Swedish government has decided that a book containing an interview with a certain scientist, Annica Dahlström, is not fit for print. If the interview is removed, the book may be printed.

Why? Because Dahlström states that the differences between men and women are due to both inheritance and upbringing/environment. Apparently, in Sweden, this goes against the law. The Swedish government has established the "fact" that the differences between men and women are only due to society/environment. Here in the US, we haven't come to any conclusion of that sort.

The important thing to note is that the government has established what is fact and what is myth. While the US government bans the teaching of creationism in public schools, for example, this does not prevent book publishers from releasing books debunking evolution. In essence, that's what this story is about. The government has set in stone what is a fact here, and any scientific progress stating likewise is disallowed, ignored, or punished. Something about that just isn't right. Especially for a tolerant liberal society such as Sweden.