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Seventeen million people watched my old ABC show on sex differences, almost as many as watched &ldquo;Game of Thrones.&rdquo;<br />\n Nonetheless, people now fill auditoriums to hear neuroscientist Gina Rippon talk about her new book that claims &ldquo;New Neuroscience Explodes the Myths of the Male and Female Minds.&rdquo;<br />\n Rippon says it&rsquo;s important to tell people that sex isn&rsquo;t an important indicator in how brains work so we don&rsquo;t fall prey to stereotypes. &ldquo;You don&rsquo;t want an idea that this (difference) is something that&rsquo;s natural,&rdquo; she says in my new video.<br />\n &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not natural,&rdquo; I ask, &ldquo;that in school, more boys want to play football and more girls want to do ballet? I want to run and bang into people.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;Actually, girls might want to run and bang into people, but because there&rsquo;s an image that girls don&rsquo;t do that, they&rsquo;re stopped from doing that,&rdquo; she replies.<br />\n But in my reporting, I&rsquo;ve covered research that shows innate differences.<br />\n In one experiment, students were blindfolded and then walked through tunnels running underneath a college campus. When the women were asked the direction of a college building, they weren&rsquo;t so sure. One said: &ldquo;How would I know? I&rsquo;m blindfolded!&rdquo;<br />\n Men, however, tend to have better spatial awareness and retained a sense of which direction they&rsquo;d moved.<br />\n On the other hand, women have a better memory for detail.<br />\n In one test, students were told to wait in a cluttered room and later asked what was in that room.<br />\n Women often gave long answers like, &ldquo;There were envelopes, university envelopes, a thing of Clearasil, a Bazooka Joe comic...&rdquo;<br />\n Men were more likely to say, &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know ... some stuff.&rdquo;<br />\n Of course, maybe they&rsquo;d been molded by our sexist society &mdash; conditioned to do what&rsquo;s expected of men and women.<br />\n But I reminded Rippon that even tests on infants find differences. Baby boys look longer at objects, such as tractor parts. Infant girls stare at faces.<br />\n &ldquo;A third of the girls actually seem to respond more to the tractor parts,&rdquo; said Rippon.</p>\n<p> WHEN I pointed out that meant two-thirds of the girls did not, Rippon said that the experiment should be redone &ldquo;with a bigger set of newborns.&rdquo;<br />\n Maybe. But scientists shouldn&rsquo;t keep redoing experiments until they get results they like.<br />\n Some female scientists acknowledge that men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s brains are different.<br />\n &ldquo;You can tell, looking at brains, whether they belong to a male or a female 80% of the time,&rdquo; says evolutionary psychologist Diana Fleischman.<br />\n Also: &ldquo;Cultures around the world show very similar differences between men and women. Men are more likely to seek status; women are more likely to take care of children. Women are more likely to stay in the home; men are more likely to do dangerous, aggressive things like go to war.&rdquo;<br />\n I suggest that perhaps the sexes are alike and all cultures have imposed similar biases.<br />\n &ldquo;Look at nonhuman animals, monkeys: They don&rsquo;t have culture, yet there&rsquo;s still very large differences between males and females,&rdquo; she responds.<br />\n Among scientists, that&rsquo;s common opinion. The Journal of Neuroscience Research says 70 studies found differences. Boys, for example, are more likely to be autistic, to be colorblind and to have speech problems.<br />\n Even Gina Rippon says, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m definitely not a brain difference denier.&rdquo;<br />\n But her media coverage suggests she&rsquo;s discovered that male and female brains are the same.<br />\n &ldquo;It&rsquo;s an incredibly alluring message,&rdquo; says Fleishman with a laugh. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really sad that it&rsquo;s not right!&rdquo;<br />\n Of course, science shouldn&rsquo;t seek an alluring message. It should just be about the truth.</p>\n<p> BUT THE truth doesn&rsquo;t stop politicians from demanding absolute equality in all things &mdash; even if men and women have different interests.<br />\n &ldquo;Saying that men and women have different aptitudes isn&rsquo;t sexism. It&rsquo;s a statement about the true nature of the world,&rdquo; says Fleischman. &ldquo;If we keep saying that those differences ... are because of sexism, nobody&rsquo;s going to end up happy with what they&rsquo;re doing, and we&rsquo;re going to keep making laws to remedy what&rsquo;s actually the result of freedom.&rdquo;</p>\n', created = 1575648020, expire = 1575734420, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:b84b77ecff559d507867754035219a5e' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Different sexes

GENDER: October 16, 2019

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