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Are Men Smarter Than Women?
http://wmbriggs.com/blog/?p=2357 ^ | William M. Briggs

Posted on 05/09/2010 6:53:29 AM PDT by mattstat

The Question

No. That is to say, Yes. But not really. Actually, what we have here is an badly phrased question: just what do we mean when we ask “Are men smarter than women”?

We’re asking this again, because (via HotAir) The Daily Mail has asked. And, even though that paper is, as many readers have insisted, England’s equivalent of the New York Post, an article by retired professor Richard Lynn has, as they say in journalism, stirred up controversy.

Judging by the comments garnered at the paper and at HotAir, most do not understand the question, or purposely—or willfully—misunderstand it. Part of the difficulty is that the question is badly put.

Interpretation one: all men are smarter than all women. This is false, obviously. And not on any theoretical grounds: its falsity rests on a solid empirical base.

Interpretation two: some men are smarter than some women. This is clearly true; it has been amply empirically verified. But so has its inverse: some women are smarter than some men.

Interpretation three: some men are smarter than all women. This is true; but once more, so is its opposite: some women are smarter than all men. How can this be?

What’s Smarter?

Because we, like everybody else, have been playing fast and loose with the word “smarter.” We’re letting everybody interpret the word, via the question, in any way they like.

Before we go farther, we have to understand the differences in types of evidence used in answering who’s “smarter.” There are three: empirical observations, “theory”, and counterfactual arguments.

We can dismiss theoretical “evidence” immediately. There are only two theories of any importance. The first we might call political correctness. This states that...

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TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: iq; physics; sex

1 posted on 05/09/2010 6:53:29 AM PDT by mattstat
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To: mattstat

Observing Obama I would have to say no.


2 posted on 05/09/2010 6:55:34 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: mattstat

I’m smart enough to avoid answering that question.


3 posted on 05/09/2010 6:58:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: mattstat

You ask this on Mothers Day? If you are a man, you are very stupid. If you are a woman, you are even dumber.

Men and women are different thinkers, there is no discussion there. I have seen both smart and dumb people of both sexes. Intelligence can be of both smarts and wisdom.

Based on experience, my dad is dumber than a box of hammers, but he kept us fed, clothed, and put a roof over our heads. He can’t ever figure out how to use a simple calculator. My mother on the other hand, is very intelligent and actually raised us kids.

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all the mothers of the world and god bless you.


4 posted on 05/09/2010 6:58:28 AM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: mattstat
Here's the original article:

Sorry, men ARE more brainy than women (and more stupid too!) It's a simple scientific fact, says one of Britain's top dons.

5 posted on 05/09/2010 6:58:54 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: mattstat

I don’t know about all that but from what I saw of the last election .... most of them shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

Now we’ll keep the good conservative women, let them vote, run for office, etc.


6 posted on 05/09/2010 6:59:09 AM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: mattstat
Women don't have to be smarter to get what they want or have their way!

Any married man knows that.

Yes Sweetie, ...right away. :)

7 posted on 05/09/2010 6:59:42 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: mattstat

If we are, we’re smart enough not to admit it.


8 posted on 05/09/2010 7:00:40 AM PDT by behzinlea
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To: boycott

I don’t know about all that but from what I saw of the last election .... most of them shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

Now we’ll keep the good conservative women, let them vote, run for office, etc.


I’ll add that there are a lot of women out there that are far better than men in almost every way .... intellectually, morally, etc.

I’ll gladly admit that the women in my life are better than me in so many ways.


9 posted on 05/09/2010 7:01:59 AM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: mattstat

I’m smarter at spatial reasoning and have a far superior mechanical aptitude. My girlfriend can read people better, and has steered me clear of people who were engaging in less than honorable transactions. She can even tell if I’ve looked at another pretty woman. Even when she wasn’t around to seem me looking.


10 posted on 05/09/2010 7:04:04 AM PDT by InternetTuffGuy
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To: boycott
I’ll gladly admit that the women in my life are better than me in so many ways.

Every Hollywood movie that has come out in the past 20 years would agree with you but would extend it across the board to all men and all women. Women are smarter, wiser, faster, tougher, stronger--you name it.

Men are pretty much disposable pieces of garbage.

11 posted on 05/09/2010 7:05:08 AM PDT by behzinlea
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To: mattstat

Is Harry Reid smarter than Nancy Pelosi?


12 posted on 05/09/2010 7:06:08 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: mattstat

the question is stupid and indicative of what poses as ‘leadership’ now days.

the question is as smart as ‘is the glass half empty or half full...the answer is it’s completely full...half w/ liquid and half w/ air.

of course men are smarter than women, in select areas...as women are smarter than men in select areas.

the foolishness is that the left thinks women and men are the same...which they are not. since they aren’t the same, there have to be areas where men are superior to women and where women are superior to men. the value is in recognizing where the superiorities lie and using those to greatest advantage.


13 posted on 05/09/2010 7:09:22 AM PDT by mreerm
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To: mattstat
While our strengths and weakness may differ, men and women are equally intelligent.

However, both genders are hormonally rendered somewhat to dramatically less intelligent depending on age and circumstances.

This is especially true for politics as most women lose critical thinking skills when considering political candidates.

14 posted on 05/09/2010 7:12:25 AM PDT by GBA
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To: behzinlea

Yes thanks to libtard Hollyweird all men and especially white men are the enemy. You can see it on TV and in the commercials.


15 posted on 05/09/2010 7:14:28 AM PDT by timeflies
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To: DownInFlames

God bless my mother and yours and all.

I’m going to see mine today, she’s 83, going to be 84 on the 13th.

“Interpretation three: some men are smarter than all women. This is true; but once more, so is its opposite: some women are smarter than all men. How can this be?”

This cannot be true. “ALL” is the keyword in this statement.
If some men were smarter than ALL women, no woman could be the smartest, and vice-versa.

Besides, this argument can never be won and it doesn’t matter anyway.

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!


16 posted on 05/09/2010 7:15:40 AM PDT by Frenchtown Dan
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To: mattstat
Interpretation three: some men are smarter than all women. This is true; but once more, so is its opposite: some women are smarter than all men.

guess they never took logic 101

17 posted on 05/09/2010 7:22:08 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: behzinlea

Men are pretty much disposable pieces of garbage.


Sometimes it’s hard to admit but ...... I know we are.

:>)

Men damn sure aren’t smart enough to be nominated to the supreme court by obama.


18 posted on 05/09/2010 7:23:09 AM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: mattstat

More women vote Democrat.


19 posted on 05/09/2010 7:24:23 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Thank You God for Freeing the Navy Seals)
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To: boycott

Obama is, at heart, a woman. Why would he appoint a man?


20 posted on 05/09/2010 7:24:26 AM PDT by behzinlea
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To: behzinlea

Obama is, at heart, a woman. Why would he appoint a man?


Larry Sinclair agrees.


21 posted on 05/09/2010 7:37:53 AM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: cripplecreek

MEN ARE JUST HAPPIER PEOPLE

NICKNAMES

If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.
If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla and Four-eyes.

EATING OUT

When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it’s only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.

MONEY

A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need but it’s on sale.

BATHROOMS

A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel
The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.

ARGUMENTS

A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

FUTURE

A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

SUCCESS

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

MARRIAGE

A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but she does.

DRESSING UP

A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

NATURAL

Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
Women somehow deteriorate during the night.

OFFSPRING

Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
A married man should forget his mistakes. There’s no use in two people remembering the same thing!


22 posted on 05/09/2010 7:42:08 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Should people be questioning their government? Yes and "Where's the birth certificate?")
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To: Man50D
Is Harry Reid smarter than Nancy Pelosi?

Who's third in line to the presidency?

23 posted on 05/09/2010 7:44:08 AM PDT by houeto (Get drinking water from your ditch - http://www.junglebucket.com/Jungle-Bucket-1.htm)
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To: mattstat

It’s a complementary system, nonidentical in aptitudes, there ARE distinct gender apitudes of superiorty—deal with it.

HOWEVER each sex brings different yet essential attributes and aptitudes to the equation in greater quantity or quality than the other.

By DESIGN.

We should not use our gender weaknesses or strengths to hammer one another —but we should be allowed to objectively observe and investigate them without fear of sexism-it’s part of the complex, integrated and beautiful system.

We are not identical (Thank God) but equally VALUABLE and in fact ESSENTIAL to the survival of the species.


24 posted on 05/09/2010 7:48:48 AM PDT by cycle of discernment
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To: mattstat

An unusually poor article from a site that is often very good.


25 posted on 05/09/2010 7:49:52 AM PDT by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: bmwcyle

>”More women vote Democrat.”

And, it’s a proven fact that most women vote for appearance, rather than issues. Thats how Klinton got elected. Research after his election showed that over 80% of women who voted for Klinton did so because they thought he was “handsome”.

At that point, I lost a whole lot of respect for the female political attitude.


26 posted on 05/09/2010 8:12:21 AM PDT by scoobysnak71 (FUBO)
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To: mattstat
how many woman fell for this ?


27 posted on 05/09/2010 8:22:56 AM PDT by stylin19a (Never buy a putter until you first get a chance to throw it)
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To: mattstat
I will say this purely from the perspective of a trial lawyer, women are smarter, more viscious, and more ruthless attorneys. Most are unwilling to extend even the slightest professional courtesy.

I hate going up against female attorneys.

28 posted on 05/09/2010 8:25:28 AM PDT by MattinNJ (What happened? Now I like Christie and am souring on Palin.)
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To: mattstat

I’m smart enough to fake a heart attack if asked “does this dress make me look fat?”.


29 posted on 05/09/2010 8:32:08 AM PDT by Wildbill22
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To: stylin19a
"fell for this

A few years ago Jimmy Kimmel did a scam where he set up booth with the sign "end women's suffrage." Quite a few women were more than eager to sign the petition. Only one woman figured him out. Having said that, I would say men and women are about equal in intelligence. I doubt many men know what suffrage means either.

30 posted on 05/09/2010 8:34:18 AM PDT by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: cripplecreek
I’m smart enough to avoid answering that question.

Especially since Mark Twain answered it about 170 years ago when he said, "We are all ignorant, just about different things."

However, that may be unfair. Most questions of logic and philosophy were answered thousands of years ago - but we forget.

31 posted on 05/09/2010 8:39:55 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: scoobysnak71

The Founders of this country did not give women the right to vote. They were correct.


32 posted on 05/09/2010 8:41:59 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Thank You God for Freeing the Navy Seals)
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To: mattstat
Statistically, there is no overall difference in total firepower
between the Genders
They are a Dead Heat Match

There are however statistically very powerful differences
in how the genders use the firepower they have

Although there are bell curves every where in these generalizations...
And all statements fail to some degree from individual to individual

Women are better at diffused awareness and attention to detail
Men are better at focused awareness and attention to specific tasks

Women are better at Bi-Hemispheric Tasks
- Using both sides of the brain at the same time
Men are better at Lateralized Hemispheric Tasks
- Using one side, or the other at a time, but not both

Women require an active effort to
Not attend to an unexpected stimulus
Men require an active effort
To attend to an unexpected stimulus

Post Pubescent Men are powerfully manipulated in the Endorphin pathways
- by Visual Presentations of Female Surface Anatomy
- a response indistinguishable to a narcotic rush
Post Pubescent Women do Not get an Endorphin rush
- by Visual Presentations of Male Surface Anatomy

Prepubescent Girls generally Underestimate their own capabilities
Prepubescent Boys generally Overestimate their own capabilities
Parents do the same thing,
- underestimating the girl children
- overestimating the boy children
- Mothers and Fathers both do it to the same degree

Men are Physically Stronger
- But Medically more fragile, and have shorter lifespans
Women are Physically Weaker
- But Medically Tougher, and have longer lifespans
Were it not for a single diagnosis - Breast Cancer
- Women would live about 10 years longer than men

Overall, the Genders are identical in total firepower
But might as well be Different Species
for how they see the World Differently

The Genders would do well to learn to Honor each other
For being Honorable to their given Gifts
Even if the do NOT understand each other
And find the other Gender VERY ODD

These are not Judgements, but
The consequences of these differences permeate society

33 posted on 05/09/2010 8:59:56 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: HangnJudge
Oh Yes, one other thing

Women are better at Comparative logic
- Decision mapping Comparing This versus That
Men are better at Logic vs Principle
- Comparing Something against some Principle

Women are better at Situational Behavior
Men are better at Behavior vs Principle

Women use this during Dating
- If you know what Principles a Man has in his Head
- You can predict his Behavior

Not even Women can predict other Women

Freud once lamented the question
- What is it that Women Want?
The Question was later answered as
- Women Want Options

34 posted on 05/09/2010 9:25:57 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: HangnJudge

“Options”?

I think they want security...at least that’s what they all start yellin when I approach em.


35 posted on 05/09/2010 11:22:18 AM PDT by spankalib
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