Why does sex exist? What are males for? Is the gender binary real? And why does a microbe have the swingingest sex life of all? Biologist Abby Hafer will explain the answers to these and other crucial questions in the presentation “Everything You Know About Sex is Wrong: Part 1–The Gender Binary”.
In this presentation I look at the evolution of sexual reproduction and some common misunderstandings about sex, including misconceptions about the gender binary. Using examples from the animal kingdom, I debunk many ideas about what is “natural” or “unnatural” regarding both sex and gender roles. Having debunked the religious “argument from nature”, I then go on to discuss the problems of a morality that is based on reference to the supernatural, including the idea of using holy books as an excuse for bad behavior.
I have a doctorate in zoology from Oxford University and teach human anatomy and physiology at Curry College, so I know my zoology, and I know my physiology as well.
Abby Hafer is an author, scientist, educator and public speaker. Her book debunking Intelligent Design, The Not-So-Intelligent Designer—Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not became a #1 bestseller on Amazon in the category of Theism. (Abby Hafer is not averse to irony.) Her public speaking has taken her all over the United States and she has given many radio interviews, including appearing on NPR and WBAI.
Her scientific career includes a doctorate in zoology from Oxford University, many research projects in physiology, and a stint monitoring fish populations on the Bering Sea. More recently, she published “No Data Required: Why Intelligent Design Is Not Science”, which was published in The American Biology Teacher. She teaches human anatomy and physiology at Curry College and lives in Massachusetts with her husband, the astronomy writer Alan MacRobert.