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There’s Too Much Gender Variation for Our Brains to (Easily) Deal With 

We think in binaries: plant/animal, day/night, edible/disgusting, safe/dangerous. Breaking the world into discrete chunks helps us make rapid decisions about how to behave, but can also make us uneasy when we’re faced with things that don’t easily fit into one of our mental boxes.

In a new article at Nautilus, Stanford neuroendocrinologist Robert Sapolsky explains how human gender can vary from the male/female binary, and why our brains are at a loss to intuitively make sense of the differences.

The biological processes that determine gender in mammals–including humans–are actually complex and multi-layered, and work in waves during… Continue reading