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25 August 2010 @ 04:43 am
Men vs Women  
An interesting article about differences between men and women.
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http://www.psy.fsu.edu/~baumeistertice/goodaboutmen.htm
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In an important sense, men really are better AND worse than women.
A pattern of more men at both extremes can create all sorts of misleading conclusions and other statistical mischief. To illustrate, let’s assume that men and women are on average exactly equal in every relevant respect, but more men at both extremes. If you then measure things that are bounded at one end, it screws up the data to make men and women seem significantly different.

Consider grade point average in college. Thanks to grade inflation, most students now get A’s and B’s, but a few range all the way down to F. With that kind of low ceiling, the high-achieving males cannot pull up the male average, but the loser males will pull it down.
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throughout the entire history of the human race, maybe 80% of women but only 40% of men reproduced.
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The conclusion is that men and women are both social but in different ways. Women specialize in the narrow sphere of intimate relationships. Men specialize in the larger group.
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Men are much more interested than women in forming large groups and working in them and rising to the top in them.
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Any man who reads the newspapers will encounter the phrase “even women and children” a couple times a month, usually about being killed. The literal meaning of this phrase is that men’s lives have less value than other people’s lives.
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On the Titanic, the richest men had a lower survival rate (34%) than the poorest women (46%)
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Some sociological writings about the male role have emphasized that to be a man, you have to produce more than you consume.
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