November 23, 2012 in uncategorized
In recent years, Elaine Morgan has followed this strategy in her Descent
of Woman, a speculative reconstruction of human prehistory from the woman’s point of view—and as farcical as more famous tall tales by and for men.
I prefer another strategy. Montessori and Morgan followed Broca’s philosophy to reach a more congenial conclusion. I would rather label the whole enterprise of setting a biological value upon groups for what it is:
irrelevant and highly injurious. George Eliot well appreciated the special tragedy that biological labeling imposed upon members of disadvantaged groups. She expressed it for people like herself—women of extraordinary talent. I would apply it more widely—not only to those whose dreams are flouted but also to those who never realize that they may dream—but I cannot match her prose.
Brain and Gender
By Ryan C. Davison, American Chemical Society
Myth 1: Men have larger brains than women have and are therefore more intelligent.
Half of this myth is true. Modern science confirms that the average male brain is slightly larger than the average female brain, but the notion that the average man is smarter than the average woman is not supported.
Myth 1 conclusion: Part false and part true
Myth 2: Men and women think differently.
Myth 2 conclusion: False
Myth 3: Men have masculine brains; women have feminine brains.
Myth 3 conclusion: False
General Conclusion and Future Research
Exploring these few common myths surrounding gender reveal that boys and girls are far more similar than many in society are aware. While slight differences in physical and cognitive characteristics exist between the sexes, the impact of these differences upon learning and achievement is negligible.