brain sizes: Einstein's and women's

Hope Munro Smith hopems at mail.utexas.edu
Sat Jul 13 10:29:34 EST 2002


In article <ClXX8.4966$9U1.2140987 at news20.bellglobal.com>, "Parse Tree"
<parsetree at hotmail.com> wrote:

> > > > > > These studies are all quite meaningless.  It is a fact that men
> > >  perform
> > > > > > better in mathematics, which means that males have a higher level
> > > > > > performance.  Anything else is an arbitrary assessment, just as it
> > >  would
> > >  be
> > > > > > to say that males perform better because their brains are
> different.
> > > > > > Completely arbitrary.
> > > > >
> > > > > I'm female, and I was a numerical mathematics major in college.
> > > > >
> > > > > My IQ tested off the scale.
> > > > >
> > > > > So much for your theories.
> > > >
> > > > We're talking about the average.  And the fact that you think a single
> > > > anecdote refutes this, doesn't speak well for your reasoning.
> >
> > True, anecdotes don't make for a sound logical argument, but beyond
> > that, what's you're point?  What's your underlying motivation behind
> > this thread?
> 
> Just clearing some issues about correlations.  All we know is that men
> perform better on math tests.  Which doesn't mean anything at all, because
> it is imposible to take upbringing into account.
> 
> > I'll concede that the sexes are not equal.  ...But then again, we
> > don't find "equality" AMONG the sexes either.
> 
> No, we don't.
> 
> > For example, you speak of mathematical achievers as being
> > overwhelmingly male... but that doesn't mean that ALL men are
> > mathematically gifted.  It only means that mathematical achievers are
> > more likely to be male.  And, they may only comprise a tiny fraction
> > of the entire male population, in which case we cannot make the
> > assumption that they are even *representative* of the entire male
> > population.
> 
> No, I speak of the average make as being a better performer in math than the
> average female.  This is likely more of a call for feminism, because it
> shows the incredible bias in raising a female as opposed to a male.
> 
> > I'd let the issue drop at that, except I remember that you're that guy
> > who believes that the Nineteenth Amendment ought to be repealed, women
> > ought not to have driving privileges nor even be allowed to attend
> > college.
> 
> I'll assume you're not actually talking about me, because I have said none
> of the sort.

She's referring to John Knight.



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