*Foreword: This blog post is not like my other ones. We were given specific way to write this post at our last FSL session. Let me explain. The 1st years do something called a Finkbeiner post. They have to write a blog post about a female scientist while following certain criteria. Pretty much they shouldn’t treat her as female. (The specifics are detailed in Catherine’s post). However, for the 2nd years, we have to do a REVERSE-Finkbeiner post. What is this? Well we have to write a post about a male scientist that goes against the criteria. (You’ll see what I mean soon). This is to show that articles about female scientists overemphasize the fact that she’s a woman, and focus on “female” things. We don’t find this extremely strange. But when it’s about a man, it feels very odd. It helps open our eyes to see what stereotypes are emphasized. Now because of this, this post will seem parodical and outlandish. That’s kind of the point. So keep in mind that this isn’t how I actually write, and that I know this is not how an article should be written. With that out of the way, I hope you enjoy!
Daniel Kahneman is a tough guy. He spent his childhood in Paris, France when it was occupied by Nazi Germany. He was on the run with his family throughout the Second World War. He also served in the Israeli Defense Forces as an adult. Daniel Kahneman is really courageous.
Daniel is married and has no children. His wife, Anne Treisman, studies Psychology as well, which probably strengthened their relationship. He even published two papers with his wife! He has no children, which is strange for a man today. It is probably because he spends most of his time teaching and doing research, so he is too busy to have children.
He worked for many years with his associate Amos Tversky. They published many articles on mental reasoning, judgment and decision-making. They published many articles and their work, surprisingly, ended up in the economics journal Econometric. As a man, he was shocked by the competitiveness in the field. Economists despised him, as they did not take psychologists seriously at all, and thought that they just messed with economical models. Psychologists and Economists have two separate ideas on the human mind. Economists think people are completely rational, and act on incentives. Daniel Kahneman was doing research that showed that this is not true, and that we make incorrect or illogical decisions because of mental mistakes in logic or “heuristics”. He went against the economists’ model. However, after many years of clash and disagreement, his work was eventually recognized. He was the first man ever to win a Nobel Prize in economics for doing research in psychology!
Daniel Kahneman is a role model for all men, particularly male scientists. He went through a lot of war and struggles during his life, but he used that to inspire his research. He said when he was young, a German Nazi hugged him and cried, prompting him to study psychology because he thought that people are extremely complicated and interesting. During his research, he faced negative responses, as behavioural psychology was not a very prominent field at the time, so he was treated with disdain, contempt and he was perceived as incorrect. But he fought through the criticisms and eventually got recognized. Daniel Kahneman is a courageous man, and an amazing scientist.
I hoped you enjoyed this (weird) post! You can really see how some phrases seen so strange when put into the opposite context. For example “As a man, he was shocked by the competitiveness in the field” sounds bizarre. Why does it matter that he’s a man? But saying “As a woman, she was shocked by the competitiveness in the field” doesn’t seem as strange. We really must try hard to make ourselves aware of how gender can distort writing.