It’s the time of the month to select a new Entitlement Princess of the Month. Last month’s winner with 76% of the vote is Melissa Harris-Perry who lost her show on MSNBC due to her ridiculous demands such as that MSNBC not preempt her with election coverage and that she be allowed to continue to use her show as a platform for her crazy rants instead of reporting actual news.
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This month there will be no voting since I have found such an obvious candidate that she deserves to win by default. This months winner is Janet Crawford, a woman who goes around giving talks about the (alleged) neuroscience of (alleged) gender inequality. You can watch one of her talks from the BathRuby 2016 conference. (In addition to this, BathRuby is a conference that wasted their time by having June 2015 Entitlement Princess of the Month, Coraline Ada Ehmke, speak, and completely unrelated stuff about transsexuals.) In the first few minutes of Crawford’s talk at BathRuby 2016, Crawford says over and over again that she’s a scientist, but never says what field of science she works in. (It is implied that the field she works in is either neuroscience or psychology but she is careful to never actually say that.) She also gives this story about how she was the victim of sexism because no one believed she was good at math and she was never shown how to solder electronic circuits in some intense physics class. When you start investigating her background none of this makes sense. Crawford’s degrees are in Environmental Science and Latin American Studies, not the degrees where you would encounter a lot of math, much less soldering. As for her work, she describes it as, “my work as a coach, organization transformation consultant, facilitator and keynote speaker”. She thinks she is entitled to call herself a scientist when it is clear that she is anything but.
Could Crawford have done study on her own in the fields of neuroscience or psychology where she could legitimately claim to be a scientist? Only if by science, you mean pseudoscience. She is certified as a master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming and was employed as a consultant at a “business” based on NLP. NLP is pseudoscience that has failed to generate any testable results or evidence in its favor. It is not informed by any scientific understanding of neuroscience or linguistics and does not relate to any phenomena in neural structures. NLP is considered a key example of pseudoscience. NLP is even considered by many to be a form of New Age quasi-religion.
Crawford’s entitlement comes from her belief that she can call herself a scientist despite her lack of experience in the sciences she implies she has experience in (i.e. neuroscience) and her willingness to use pseudoscience in the place of actual science. This makes her the March 2016 Entitlement Princess of the Month.