Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by Martin Mavis
Here’s why many gay people disagree with the “mental model” explanation of biology offered by the transgender community.
Podcast Transcript: “We all have mental models of how the world works. As a curious person, and a scientist, I’m always interested in other people’s mental models. In any issue, whether it’s economics, politics or climate and the environment, science and so on, mental models are very interesting. Most people hold very inconsistent mental models, which means that those models are broken, because a correct mental model will be consistent across observable activity. For example, if you just look at physics, early in Newtonian physics was a model, and this mental model was relatively accurate. It matched observations in other words. You could take Newtonian physics and you could apply it to observable events in the physical world, and you could predict the outcome of the position of objects or the momentum of objects and so on using what Newton had observed and correctly modeled in some mathematical formulas. So, that’s a pretty good model. Now it’s not a hundred percent accurate, because if you get down into atomic level events, then you have quantum effects, you have quarks and you have atomic particles and so on, that have weird effects at that level. But for most of the observable world, Newtonian physics is a pretty good model. Now let’s turn to LGBT, the gay community and the transgender community, because they’re mental models have been really, really twisted and inconsistent – especially lately…” Listen to the full podcast below:
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