brain sizes: Einstein's and women's

Mark D. Morin mdmpsyd at NOSPAMgwi.net
Tue Jul 9 05:25:51 EST 2002


Tom Breton wrote:
> "Mark D. Morin" <mdmpsyd at PETERHOOD69gwi.net> writes:

>>How?  Point me to one peer reviewed article that makes this challenge.
>>Are you even familiar enough with the tests to make this idiotic
>>statement? What specific items are biased?
> 
> 
> Now, be fair.  You know there are severe political and ideological
> pressures against publishing anything like that.  

No, I don't know that.

> Scientists like
> Suzanne Steinmetz have received death threats against themselves and
> their children simply for publishing results that went against
> Feminist interests.  At the very least, anyone who published about
> anti-male bias in IQ tests could look forward to great difficulty ever
> getting another research grant.  Anyone who reviewed it favorably
> would be taking a political chance too.  So you can't just assume that
> such information would make its way into peer-reviewed journals.
> 
> But the *information* is out there.  Credit to Leonardo
> <Leonardo_member at newsguy.com> in <9miftl0239r at drn.newsguy.com> for the
> following:
> 
> 
>> When Wechsler was developing his IQ test, he found 
>> that out of 105 tests assessing skills in solving 
>> maze-puzzles, involving the most heterogeneous 
>> populations throughout the world, 99 showed an 
>> incontrovertible male superiority. (Wechsler resolved 
>> this type of problem by eliminating all those tests 
>> that resulted in findings of significant sex 
>> differences.)

Which is supposed to support the original poster's position?

There are a lot of empirical data out there on these tests--data that 
break down by multiple variable including gender. If there is a systemic 
bias, it needs to be demonstrated, not simply asserted.


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