>> Individuals can always rise above the predispositions >> of their genetic heritage,
OK, delete the "always". I was in that comment referring more to the intellectual/emotional aspects than the physcial ones, which I imagine are easier to overcome (but even that can be debated). I, too, knew early in life that I would never be a basketball player, despite being 6'3", because I had a vertical leap of about an inch and a half, and the speed and agility of a hippo. But I did overcome the handicap of Southern Baptist family and bleeding-heart democratic mom. Indeed, I have since enlightened her.
> I would agree that the facelessness of the lists does make it
> easier to concentrate on the content rather than the speaker.
> Perhaps I should join the transhuman mailing list as Roberta
> just to see what kind of difference it makes.
Even in email, anyone who has been around for a while can usually tell the difference between male and female writers about 80% of the time (I remember the last one I got wrong--I assumed Robin Hanson was female until I discovered otherwise).
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