Study: Men more intelligent than women
- 09-14-2006, 12:06 PM
Study: Men more intelligent than women
Men are more intelligent than women, claims new study
By BEN CLERKIN & FIONA MACRAE Last updated at 13:38pm on 14th September 2006
It is research that is guaranteed to delight men - and infuriate the women in their lives. A controversial new study has claimed that men really are more intelligent than women.
The study - carried out by a man - concluded that men's IQs are almost four points higher than women's.
British-born researcher John Philippe Rushton, who previously created a furore by suggesting intelligence is influenced by race, says the finding could explain why so few women make it to the top in the workplace.
He claims the 'glass ceiling' phenomenon is probably due to inferior intelligence, rather than discrimination or lack of opportunity.
The University of Western Ontario psychologist reached his conclusion after scrutinising the results of university aptitude tests taken by 100,000 students aged 17 and 18 of both sexes.
A focus on a factors such as the ability to quickly grasp a complex concept, verbal reasoning skills and creativity - some of they key ingredients of intelligence - revealed the male teenagers had IQs that were an average of 3.63 points higher. The average person has an IQ of around 100.
The findings, which held true for all classes and levels of parental education, overturn a 100 year consensus that men and women average the same in general mental ability. They also conflict with evidence that girls do better in school exams than boys.
But Prof Rushton, who was born in Bournemouth and obtained his doctorate in social psychology from the London School of Economics, argues that the faster maturing of girls leads to them outshining boys in the classroom.
And since almost all previous data showing an absence of difference between the sexes was gathered on schoolchildren, the gender difference could easily have been missed.
'It looks like up until late adolescence, the females have the advantage over males because they mature faster, which masks the underlying difference, he said.
Although experts have accepted that men and women differ mentally, with males averaging higher on tests of 'spatial ability' and females higher on verbal tests, it was assumed the differences averaged out, leaving no difference in overall intelligence.
Prof Rushton believes the differences are directly linked to brain size, with other studies showing men having slightly bigger brains than women.
'We know that men have larger brains, even when you take into account larger body size,' said the researcher. 'That means there are more neurons. The question is what these neurons are doing in a man - and they probably have an advantage in processing information.'
It is thought the difference may date back to the Stone Age, with women seeking out men who are more intelligent than them in a bid to pass on the best genes to their children.
'Some people have suggested it evolved because women prefer men who are more intelligent than they are for husbands,' said the professor.
'Just as they prefer men who are taller than them, they also prefer a male who is a little ahead of them in IQ.'
Critics claim Prof Rushton's results could have been skewed by the inclusion of more test results from females than form males.
Prof Rushton, who four years ago triggered a scientific row by claiming intelligence and behaviour are influenced by race, with blacks being more likely to be involved in crime and Asians having a greater chance of high IQs, however, stands by his results.
'These are unpopular conclusions,' he said. 'People should not be made to feel afraid to study controversial issues.
'We have the right to find the truth. One should really look at the facts.'
His work appears to confirm British research which showed men have bigger brains and higher IQs than women, which may explain why chess grandmasters and geniuses are more likely to be male.
The analyses of more than 20,000 verbal reasoning tests taken by university students from around the world revealed that women's IQs are up to five points lower than men's .
Women needn't feel despondent, however, as the scientists believe women can achieve just as much as men - as long as they work harder.
- 09-14-2006, 07:42 PM
Based on my experience, 3.63 IQ points is irrelevant. I've read dozens of evaluations (and written a few) on teenage students, and gone on to work with the kids. Even 10 pts is a negligible difference in the classroom. It is not until you see a 20-30 point difference that you really notice anything.
To some degree, IQ also depends on experience. You can have all the genetic blueprints perfectly arranged for extraordinary intelligence, but if you don't have developmentally appropriate opportunities in your life you will not develop those capacities. I think the Asian work ethic factors into the gap in IQ as revealed by testing.
- 09-15-2006, 08:58 AM
09-15-2006, 01:01 PM
Well, no surprise there - I always knew I was smarter than girls...it's just that my laziness and immaturity held me back.
Besides, some of those girls were probably playing dumb on purpose just to try and appear more attractive to the tester, LoL. Which is sad, because I get turned on by smart chicks (with hot bods).
09-15-2006, 02:36 PM
Can you find the standard deviation of the test and the population
3.61 is pretty small deviation considering IQ is a 100 point average.
It takes a huge population with really good repeatablity (meaning getting the same scores from the same person taking the same test) to get a standard deviation other than that.
On the surface it appears statisticians are going to pick this one apart.
Secondly, I have actually been to a Mensa club meeting. It was the saddest bunch of losers you have ever seen. These people were a physcal wrecks (ultra fat or super ecto), and socially handicapped to the last one.
And finally what does 4 points matter when you have 100% of the pu**y
09-15-2006, 02:51 PM
I can say one thing...
I'm intelligent enough not to tell my wife about this study. That's for damn sure.
09-15-2006, 02:56 PM
This stuff cracks me up.
Everybody is different lets just accept that.
Some people are smart, some not so much, some have a high IQ but can't remember where they put their pen, some can manage 10 children, the household finances and know the date and time of every single dentist appointment for the next year.
But hey, I only have a Ph.D. in Engineering, what would I know, I'm just a female
09-15-2006, 02:58 PM
09-19-2006, 12:35 PM
09-19-2006, 01:32 PM
Yah but just think you could be a PH. D. in engineering with an IQ 3.63 points higher just if you were male.Originally Posted by karategirl
This is all bull**** of course, we can't measure intelligence that well to start with and they have known for years that men do better taking test but not as well with the rest of the class work. Years ago everyone thought men were smarter then women do to a larger brain, the problem being that having a larger brain does not equate to being more intelligent. We still don't know but we manage to somehow act like we do.
I wonder how much value there is in studying this anyway, we know that the difference between the individual is almost always greater then the differences between the sexes or races.
09-19-2006, 01:45 PM
It's just like everything in life, someone states the obvious and then they claim to have done some difficult research to back up this challenging assumption (like it was going to prove otherwise) and then they write a book on it and make some cash. But just to prove this guys point - most of the sales will go to females who want to read the book just to try to disprove all it claims to be true.
Bottom line - guy looking to make some cash, writes book about controversial topic; looking out for his fellow man he attacks the intelligence of females and then steals their money. Sweet!!!
09-19-2006, 01:47 PM
09-19-2006, 01:47 PM
A man went to the doctor's. The doctor came in and said, "Well, I've got some good news and some bad news."
The bad news is that you have an inoperable brain tumor. The good news is our hospital has just been certified to do brain transplants and there has been an accident right out front and a young couple was killed and you can have which ever brain you like.
The man's brain is $100,000.00 and the woman's brain is $30,000.00. The patient could not help but ask; "Why such a large difference between, the male and the female brain?"
The doctor replied, "The female brain is used."
Just stirring it up KG
09-19-2006, 01:55 PM
I couldn't help but think about my cousin when I read this part of your post. He's one of those kids that graduated high school before he could drive, but yet he can't figure out how to work the vertical blinds in his living room. He lives in constant darkness...Originally Posted by karategirl
09-21-2006, 10:50 PM
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