Are Men more brainy than women?
18 June 2016, 16:27
Every year when the national examination results like KCSE and KCPE are released, there is a lot of hue and cry over the abysmal performance of female students in Math and Science subjects. There is an assumption that there are no biological differences between the sexes and there for any difference in performance in attributed to societal oppression of the fairer sex, gender stereotyping and socialization of the girls and boys.
Renowned scientist Professor Richardson Lynn begs to differ with the popular view. He asserts that there is really no glass ceiling holding back the careers of talented female scientists in the laboratories of Britain. This is more so given the decades of anti-sexual discrimination legislation. Despite these noble initiatives from governments, many still feel that women are generally getting a raw deal. There is a marked shortage of women in the highest levels of science, politics and big business.
The professor asserts that there is an explanation based on a lifetime of academic research. The main reasons why there are few female science professors or chief executives or Cabinet ministers is that on average, men are more intelligent than women. He continues to reveal that not only is the average man more intelligent than the average woman but also a clear and rather startling imbalance emerges between the sexes at the high levels of intelligence that the most demanding jobs require. For instance, at the near-genius level (an IQ of 145),brilliant men out number brilliant women by 8 to one. That's statistics, not sexism.
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This is what is also called the Albert Einstein phenomenon. Prof Einstein was married to a fellow nondescript physicist. This offers us the perfect example of a male scientist being more intelligent than a female colleague. In almost 110 years of Nobel Prize history, only two women have ever won the Prize for physics, only four have won the Prize for chemistry. In recent years, the forces of political correctness have made the reporting of this sort of statistic virtually impossible. Yet as a psychologist who has dedicated his career to the study of intelligence - and, in particular, to how it differs between the sexes.
Professor Lynn assures us that in the academic circles these IQ figures are barely disputed. Ever since the Frenchman Alfred Binet devised the first intelligence test in 1905, study after study has confirmed the same result. When it comes to IQ, men and women - at least once they've gained adulthood - simply are not equal. Boys and girls may start out with the same IQ but by 16 or so boys are starting to inch ahead. The ever-growing success of girls at GCSE, A-level and now at university would seem to refute this - but the blame lies with our exam system, with its emphasis on coursework, which rewards diligence more than it does intelligence.
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