Science can have a huge impact on society, in particular when it can be used to judge those around us. Author Angela Saini has been looking at how research into sex and gender has been getting it wrong.
Angela Saini is the author of 'Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong - and the New Research that's Rewriting the Story'. The book covers a range of topics, including how scientists have looked into sex differences between men and women.
In this episode we talk about:
- how cultural stereotypes influence current research into sex differences,
- how bias, and leaps of interpretation can affect scientists,
- and how to balance defending an idea in science while at the same time being aware of how it may be influenced by prejudice.