Often here at Skepchick.org, we talk about the “Man” keeping us down in terms of science and skepticism. Or the possibility thereof. It came as news to me to discover that the “Man” is Pythagoras. You know, he of the theorem? At least, so says Margaret Wertheim in the New York Times article, “Numbers are Male, Said Pythagoras.”
The writer presents an interesting look at the start of the Pythagorian cult, and how it established that men were the ones to do all the cerebral work while women were more into the spiritual side of things. I think this was hardly something new even in those days, but maybe it did provide a sort of gateway, taking that sort of thinking from religion and transferring it into science. I hate to write about something I haven’t reread carefully yet, but I’m a bit short on time and wanted you guys to see the article before the NY Times archives it.