Are Women Smarter Than Men? - Page 2
I agree with you whole-heartedly Shau Ri. I think instictual and societal influence have a lot to do with the seeming intelligence differences between the two sexes. Ambition it seems, has always been a strong product of instinct in men. Since men have generally been the providers since prehistoric times, those who were more ambitious were more likely to be able to provide for a family, and therefore had better chances of reproduction. Therefore, because men have more ambition as a general rule, they are percieved as being more productive, or having greater potential intelligence, when that isn't necessarily true at all.
From my own experiences, men have always seemed to have better technical ability. When I look at history, and note the inventions and achievments of men and women, those of men are far greater. I don't think this has anything to do with intelligence. Unfortunatly in many societies women have been oppressed, made to seem inferior by men. This has limitted their ability to realize potential.
Not to mention, there are many different types of intelligence it would seem. Men simply are stonger in areas that tend to show throw more.
Women seem particularly good in social and memory related intelligence. Men generally seem better in logic and calculation, things involving "how stuff works".
However, that seeming greater ability with calculation isn't necessarily true. Men in my experiences, are generally just a lot more curious than women. They are more interested in many technical fields that require calculatory intelligence, and therefore pursue those fields. Women seem to be more interested in fields like literature and psychology, which seems to relate to their more social nature. Yet still, most times when I've seen women actually care about "technical stuff", they perform just as well as men, and many times, better.
*NOTE: Possible Rumor*
Recently I heard that science had revealed a man's brain to process information four times faster than a woman's. Yet this doesn't mean that a man's information is necessarily more accurate or valuable, it is simply arrived at faster.
However, regardless, as Shau Ri said, in the end men and women are probably equal in the their intelligence. A human being is a human being. Seeming differences in intelligence most probably have more to do with instictual and societal restrictions we place upon ourselves than our actual potential intelligence.
Aside from that, each individual is so vastly different, that to make any sort of accurate judgement between the sexes would be very difficult, if not impossible.
Edited: Zeuts on 7th Apr, 2005 - 3:07am