May 29, 2002


Dugald Carmichael, Department of Geological Engineering, Queen's University


Surely the Executive Director of the Canada Research Chairs Program ought to be aware that there is only one way to win esteem as a researcher in the sciences. You have to do better research than the other researchers in your field of study, regardless of your gender, race, creed, colour, politics and sexual orientation.

   June 1, 2002

John J. Furedy, Professor of Psychology, University of Toronto


As cited in your editorial ("May the best scientist win", June 1), Dr. Wendy Robbins, the vice-president for women's issues of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada, offers the following social-engineering rationale for gender quotas: "Women researchers ask different questions than men and we need to make sure that way of looking at the world is protected." Vice-president Robbins seems not to understand that the essence of science is precisely not to "protect" any one way of looking at the world, but to expose all ways to critical scrutiny.  Her argument reminds one of how, in the 1930s, Aryan ways of looking at the world were protected from 'Jewish science' in Germany, to the great detriment of both science and development in that country.


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