The biological clock ticks for men too

Or  so it is looking.  In addition to an increase risk of schizophrenia and autism, children of older fathers typically have lower IQs, according to a report described in the NY Times.

According to  Dr. Dolores Malaspina, a professor of psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, who has written studies on the risk of schizophrenia among children of older fathers as well as the lower nonverbal I.Q. scores found among teenagers with older fathers:

It turns out the optimal age for being a mother is the same as the optimal age for being a father.  The fact that men can stay fertile longer is a different issue.

CFP: Social Philosophy: 3/15 deadline

Call for Papers


Submission Deadline:  March 15, 2009

Twenty-Seventh International Social Philosophy Conference
Sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy

July 30- August 1, 2009
At St. Joseph’s University
Philadelphia, PA

Special attention will be devoted to the theme:

The Public and the Private in the 21st Century

But proposals in all areas of social philosophy are welcome.


Submit 300-500 word abstracts (preferably via email) to both of the following members of the program committee:
Margaret Crouch
Department of Philosophy
Eastern Michigan University
701 Pray-Harrold
Ypsilanti, MI 48103

Nancy Snow
Department of Philosophy
Marquette University
PO Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI
 tel. 414-288-3670

Contact organizers for info regarding graduate student prize.



Radio 4 explores “Feminism”

The first in a three-part series looking at what it is to be a “feminist” (ie, what it is to call yourself by this title) aired on BBC radio 4 this morning at 9.00. You can catch it again tonight at 21.30GMT, or listen again online here. The discussion ranges from silly, to insulting, to interesting and insightful; in other words, I think you’ll be annoyed but still glad you listened.

Historian Bettany Hughes presents the first in a series of three discussions tracing the development of feminist ideas from the 1960s onwards.

A panel of guests explore the issues which motivated women to join together under the banner of feminism. While activists pursued campaigns involving street protests and fighting through the courts, other women were alienated by their arguments. Both feminists and non-feminists join Bettany to recall key events.

Bettany’s guests are journalist Ann Leslie, American academic Elaine Showalter, activist and historian Sally Alexander and co-founder of the US National Organisation of Women, Sonia Fuentes.