Friday, August 26, 2005

This is a man's world Redux

Sigh… I’ve been waiting for this :

As reported by the BBC, academics in the UK claim their research shows that men are more intelligent than women. Of course, everybody knows that, end of discussion.

But wait! Who are those academics? Dr Paul Irwing and Professor Richard Lynn.

Dr Irwing, a senior lecturer in organisational psychology at Manchester University, said that he was uncomfortable with the findings. But he added that the evidence was clear despite the insistence of many academics that there were “no meaningful sex differences” in levels of intelligence.

Professor Lynn is a scholar who writes for eugenicist journals. He is copiously quoted in the infamous book «The Bell Curve». He published a controversial study in 2003 that identified a clear correlation between the levels of prosperity in 60 countries and the average IQ of their populations. He also recommends the phasing out of certain populations considered to be «of incompetent cultures».

Professor Lynn argued in a letter to The Psychologist this month that the differences between the sexes were explained by a link between IQ and brain size. He said: “Men have larger brains than women by about 10 per cent and larger brains confer greater brain power, so men must necessarily be on average more intelligent than women.”

Apparently, a battle of the sexes was triggered last week by Michael Buerk, a BBC newscaster, who complained that “life is now being lived according to women’s rules”. He said that men had been reduced to little more than sperm-donors because of the female dominance of society.

Riiiiight.



References : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4183166.stm
http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1271
http://women.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,17909-1749346,00.html

3 comments:

Ringohime said...

I don't know anything about this topic, but all I can say is, "From kindergarden to highschool, as far as I know, all the top 3 students were female."

This doesn't say much as stats or anything sophisticated, but this certainly gave me in teenage days the idea that "Girls are smarter."

The top student was me, of course :P

Buddhist with an attitude said...

Of course! :-)

Thuy said...

Yes, it's a man's world. But a friend of mine once said to a man that told her those words, "Just remember where you came from. It can suck you back in as fast as it spit you out." :)