A very recent study from the US shows that women are hugely under-represented in congressional hearings. In 2011 only 43 per cent of these hearings included female witnesses. Congressional hearings normally have three to five witnesses (and sometimes up to ten). The odd nature of this finding is emphasised by the fact that women own or half-own 46 per cent of all businesses in the US. An inference that one could possibly draw from this evidence is that congressional hearings have limited perspectives on the subject they are discussing .
Critical thinking as essential for us to distinguish truth from falsehood and to make better choices
In his new book (‘Rationality: What it is. Why it seems scarce. Why it matters’), the Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker has argued in favour of