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Uncommon Knowledge: Thomas Sowell

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sp1ke0kill3r Avatar
Posted: 12.26.09, 08:47 AM
Way to miss the point, Vlad. The question was whether feminism and the corresponding legal framework inspired by it account for an increase in B. (It's widely believed that the rise of women in high level occupations since the 1960s has been due to anti discrimination laws and that these in turn have been due to the feminist movement.) Now if women rose in high level occupations prior to the 60s, discrimination didn't play much of a role in their lives; thus either discrimination isn't very potent or there is another factor affecting their advancement. I don't see where Sowell assumes a "causal relationship". Simply to claim A has an effect on B does not assume causality. As to whether "increased accessibility in the workforce (more opportunities) leads to women deciding to marry later, it may be a question of whether there are women actually seeking such opportunities. The question to you is, do women choose to marry earlier during economic crises like the depression -where there is a definite decline in accessibility in the workforce (less opportunities). Sowell's data shows otherwise. Remember, women did well in the thirties. True this may only show a lag correcting itself in the 40s , but then you'd have to "offer an argument for this assumption"
Denver Avatar
Posted: 09.28.09, 07:20 PM
I belive thomas stated that one of the reasons women began to get married and have children in the late forties and fifties where caused by the baby boom they started to rise again in 1956 which was before the feminist movement
vlad Avatar
Posted: 07.30.09, 10:13 AM
He mentions the correlation between the age at which women marry (A) and the proportion of women in the workforce (B), and assumes a causality relation A -> B. However, he doesn't offer any argument for this assumption. Why did women marry later in 1920s and 1930s and then again in the 1960s? He offers no reason. Perhaps it is B that causes A, i.e. increased accessibility in the workforce (more opportunities) leads to women deciding to marry later. Seems to make more sense.
shari Avatar
Posted: 01.11.09, 01:28 PM
Speaking of hugging trees
It is time to cut down on pages and pages of curriculum being churned out by Education Departments. Example, 100 pages of NZ curriculum for Under 5s can be shortened to just one page to read: "Play, Read, Write."
bilal Avatar
Posted: 05.28.08, 09:06 PM
One of the defining quotatations that describe Sowell is particularly funny because he's serious. He says, "Why are we spending time, ya know, hugging trees and doing other such stuff like that when are kids can't read?"
solaris Avatar
Posted: 05.06.08, 08:18 PM
Mr. Sowell is a wise man, indeed. From my limited experience (as a "junior scientist") from two european universities (in Sweden and Spain), we share many of the "problems" that are mentioned in the interview. W/best wishes from Canary Islands, Spain.
Michael A. Thompson Avatar
Michael A. Thompson
Posted: 04.27.08, 06:03 PM
Damn I like this guy. Talk about "strait talk". It's rare to come across someone who interacts with the world as it is, rather then how he perceives it. I'll certainly be getting his book.
unbounded_thinker Avatar
Posted: 04.24.08, 08:54 PM
I strongly agree with Sowell. I strongly recommend that people who agree with me check out this website: , and try their best to kick "the annointed" out of office.

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