RE: Research Request

Subject: RE: Research Request
From: "Higgins, Lisa" <LHiggins -at- carrieraccess -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 13:57:01 -0700

><snip reference to book about how women vs. men think>

> This is probably politically incorrect, but it nevertheless shows the way.

It's funny, but I don't think I've ever seen a constructive reference to
political correctness.

I haven't read the book, but it seems to focus on the concept that women are
social and men are intellectual. Am I missing something? Because if I'm not
missing something, that's completely irrelevant and groundless.

I have seen research that seems to show that women are better capable of
multitasking, due to the way they store information in their brains. This is
reason that women tend to recover from strokes better, and it could provide
a clue to some of the boys vs. girls (generally speaking) lines that were
showing up in the specialist vs. generalist thread here. But that, like your
book, says nothing constructive about sex differences. The lines are very
fuzzy still, and there is zero value to sex determinism, except as an outlet
for hostility. Believe you me, though, it works at that. I feel SO much
better.

It may be and is interesting to look at the differences in the way people
think, and to research the reasons for those differences, both to increase
tolerance, and to help us all learn to be less stupid. However, no
reasonable person can argue that the differences are clear or consistent
enough to address them as anything but individual and isolated differences.

And my solution to the dichotomy between hard science guys and soft science
guys is that they all need to stop watching so much TV and go learn some
stuff they don't already know. Sheesh.

Lisa.






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