More than 90% of the world's genious are men. Does this mean that men are more intelligent?
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Indeed extensive research shows that men's brains are considerably bigger (and heavier) than women's. (http://www.univ.trieste.it/~brain/NeuroBiol/Neuroscienze%20per%20tutti/heshe.html)
P.S. Pieter, isn't the plural form of genius genii?
But of course some would argue that 'size isn't important' and they may well have a point.
Whilst men's brains are bigger, studies have repeatedly shown that women are generally better at verbal communication (talking that is), while men are (as a whole) better at spacial conception (building, engineering, space exploration, driving outrageously fast etc.)
No doubt we can look forward to some interesting verbal (or written) responses from female members, and other contributions from our male members.
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We could start from questioning the reason about why societies difference so much men from women.
The difference is being posed from early stages of History till 03-01-2004 01:20 PM, when pieter asked in this forum if men are more intelligent than women.

The discussion could be so extended, we would have to refer to so many concepts, how the hierarchies started, the origins of the subordination, the possible fear of her capacity of giving life and its subsequent capacity of controlling it what could be the beggining of the attempts to control her, like the ancient myths which confer the woman the secondary position as to have been created from the man plus the capacity of performing terrible evil acts like tempting Adan, so, being the responsible for the grief of the Humanity, the fact that women have been second class citizens for milleniums in the East, West, North and South, the buring of recent born baby-girls in many cultures and probably still today.......I stop here , it is too long, but if some of you want to dig in this, I recommend you the reading of Stories of Women, by Rosa Montero, Spanish writer.

Personally, it doesn't worry me too much who is more intelligent, if men than women, if elders than youngers, if black people than white people, if shorts than talls, if people from the West than from the East, from the North than the South, if cats than dogs.
I am so glad u re not talking about sizes. Lol.Emotion: wink
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Personally, it doesn't worry me too much who is more intelligent, if men than women, if elders than youngers, if black people than white people, if shorts than talls, if people from the West than from the East, from the North than the South, if cats than dogs.

I'm not interested either in the difference between short and tall, black or white, people from Eastern or Western cultures or from the North or the South. Dogs are much more intelligent than cats. I was just wondering why mostly all of the worlds biggest painters, architects, chefs, writers, poets, film directors, scientists, fashion designers, classical musicians, jazz musicians, pop-rock- blues artists, business people, are men. A simple rhetorical question for a forumopic that is entitled Controversial subjects.
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Maybe because women are more practical than men. Emotion: hmm or not?
It's called a bell curve. aka normal distribution curve. You know: p(x) = (1/sqrt(***^2))^(-((X-mu)^2)/(***^2)).

Simply put, MEAN or AVERAGE intelligence is the same in men as in women, as near as can be measured, but men show a greater deviation from the average than do women.

This means that, on average, women are more stable than men. You tend to get more male geniuses (on the plus side of the average). But before male readers get too smug, you also tend to get more male pyschotics (on the minus side of the average). It all balances out. And of course, one should never make assumptions about INDIVIDUALS on the basis of statistical data anyway.

As to why, who knows? I'm not a neurologist, so I couldn't say. It's probably got something to do with evolution and the fact that human brains and bodies are still adapted to the stone age.

Rommie
i've read about this (I'm no neurologist either) - It would translate to something like this: (PURE PURE EXAMPLE!)

IQ SUPER-HIGH
10 are men, 5 are women.

IQ HIGH
7 are women, 2 are men.

IQ AVERAGE
10 are women, 10 are men.

IQ LOW
7 women, 2 are men.

IQ SUPER-LOW
10 are men, 5 are women.

Meaning women occupy an area around the mean average; whereas men are (by definition) average but with occassional extremes.
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