A few weeks ago I was watching a Simpsons episode entitled “Girls Just Wanna Have Sums”, based on the premise that boys are smarter than girls, specifically in math and science.
[part one] [part three]
There have been many studies that have attempted to answer the obvious question. Whether those studies were conducted by men or women is something to consider.
In September 2006 a study revealed that of 100,000 17 to 18-year-olds the male IQ was 3.63 points higher than the females. A UK study claims the difference is as high as 5 points. Dr Irwing, author of the later study, told The Times the differences “may go some way to explaining the greater numbers of men achieving distinctions of various kinds, such as chess grandmasters, Fields medallists for mathematics, Nobel prize-winners and the like”.
My opinion on the matter is a bit ambivalent with a hint of indifference.
The counter arguments don’t seem to be much helpful in drawing any realistic conclusions. Enough time has passed for arguments such as “most math teachers are male and therefore discriminate when teaching”, to fall apart. The other arguments of “IQ tests are no measure of one’s intelligence” also have their flaws. It feels like everyone is prepared to take one and support the result as legitimate as long as it says they’re smart. I also can’t help the obvious observations that the doctor guy in the last paragraph pointed out in addition to Homer Simpson pointing out that men invented the car, brass knuckles, constitutional government and the renaissance. Then again maybe women are just catching up. Such observations are not restricted to a post hoc ergo proctor hoc kind of conclusion.
I honestly don’t care about the topic to the extent of having scientific studies conducted. In this day and age, suggesting men are smarter is by default an indication of stupidity, which is why the title of this post is in the form of a question as opposed to a declarative statement; a very smart move on my part thank you very much. I think it merits some discussion (mostly for entertainment purposes) but at the end of this post the only real conclusion I can draw is that (a) I actually suck at math and science and (b) this Simpsons episode was pretty funny.