How to Think Like a Genius 4— And Women?
How to Think Like a Genius 4— And Women?
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
June 2, 2017
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: You gave three examples. All men. What about women?
Rick Rosner: History, that is the recording of — the — there have been about 106 billion people that have ever lived, but you would be hard pressed to make a list of a few million people before 1950 who made any mark on history at all — that’s a bit of an exaggeration, about 1% of people in history have made any mark on history before the modern era when everything gets recorded.
History, of the 1% of people who made it into history before 1950, it would be likely that the vast majority would guys, especially people about whom more than one sentence worth of stuff is in stone. Women in many cultures were limited to the domestic phase, faced professional bias, but there’s no reason that women can’t be as geniusey as guys, well there is one reason that I suspect falls apart fairly easily There seem to be, when you test for intelligence, which is itself questionable, there seem to be more outliers, people at the extremes among guys than women.
But that’s based on stuff like IQ, which is a little garbagey, and even if that happens to be true, and who knows if it is, scoring well on a test, you kind of get the idea that guys are put together a little more shoddily than women. that one mostly missing chromosome, and so it’s easy to get glitches. Both happy glitches and not-so happy glitches because in many cases an outlying intelligence is coupled with a bunch of not-so positive characteristics.
But stuff like IQ-based arguments, they weren’t always garbage, but are garbage now because we live in a world that is opening up via technology, so that whatever your natural score on an IQ test, even though there’s not really any such thing because environment always plays a part you can still make yourself into what you want to be.
I shouldn’t even have mentioned that outlier thing ’cause it is probably bullshit and it’s not particularly relevant even if there is a shred of truth to it and I think it is probably how the president of Harvard got fired fro mentioning something like that. Anyway, it’s garbage. There’s been all sorts of institutional reasons of why women have made it into history less than guys, and those reasons have very little to do with innate potential and we live in a time when much of those institutional roadblocks are being scrutinized.
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen
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