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Suzanne Sadedin

Evolutionary biologist, Freelance

Suzanne Sadedin is an evolutionary biologist who has worked at Monash University, University of Tennessee, Harvard University, and KU Leuven.

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Playing games for real

Suzanne Sadedin

I loved this article. But to call gambling childish play is an insult to children. When children play naturally, they express creativity, practice roles, and continually challenge themselves in every dimension for personal growth. When adults gamble, they do none of these things. They are more like Skinner’s superstitious pigeons, bobbing and twirling in slavish obeisance to the brain’s biases. In fact, gamblers seem more foolish than pigeons. A pigeon simply lacks the capacity for higher thought; a gambler, though neurologically capable of rationality, walls it off to suck comfort from self-delusion. This isn’t childish; it’s infantile at best.

And what is the delusion the gambler...

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The libido crash

Suzanne Sadedin

I liked this essay, especially this quote: “To develop drugs to boost libido, Ryan says, is analogous to ‘giving antibiotics to pigs because of the shit they’re standing in’.”

The world we’ve created is profoundly different from anything our species has experienced in our evolutionary history. We shouldn’t be surprised that we’re screwed up. Anyone who has tried to breed wild animals in captivity will tell you that the first step is to copy their natural habitat.

But I suspect there’s a deeper problem as well. We are not as nice as we want to think we are. Human nature is inherently conflicted and dishonest, especially about desire. You need only turn on your TV set to confi...

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Gender is not a spectrum

Suzanne Sadedin

I would argue that gender identities form clusters within a multidimensional space. In this view, cis-gendered people can have diverse positions on different traits, but still fall within the two main clusters, whilst non-cis people can fall into other clusters or be unclustered. Thus we can resolve the logical difficulties presented by Dr. Reilly-Cooper without trampling on the diverse perspectives of non-binary identities, and acknowledge that biology can be at once influential and non-deterministic for identity.

I do agree with the author that de-emphasising gender in general would be a good thing for society, and endlessly demanding new labels seems pointless. But the cis-gende...

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