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Men and women’s brains

Letter to The Daily Telegraph

14th September 2010

Dear Cristina,

I was interested in your article today about the differences between men and women, but I am not sure that these are the differences to which Gina Rippon was referring.  The differences that you mention are mainly emotional differences, and it is my understanding that she was trying to maintain that there is no difference between men’s and women’s brains.  This is, of course, not true.

Many IQ tests have shown that the average IQ of men and women is exactly the same, but within that, there are many differences.  For example, there is a much wider distribution of men’s IQ than of women’s.  In other words geniuses and idiots tend to be men.  In any tests involving words, women do very well, much better than men.  On the other hand, in tests involving spatial relations, for example, women are not good at all.  That is why very few women are engineers.  It is not that they have not been allowed to be engineers; it is simply that they are not good at it.  Another example is chess.  Women have been playing chess for centuries, but they cannot compete with men.  When it comes to common sense, women are more reliable than men, but when it comes to logic, women are not able to compete.

There must be at least 1 million women in England who can beat me at Scrabble, but I have never met a woman who understands logic, not even Mrs Thatcher, on the one occasion that I dined with her.
Yours sincerely,

D P Marchessini


Why can’t a women be more like a man

Letter to The Times

29th April 2010

Dear Miss Senior,

With reference to your article in the Times today, it is surprising how many women have reacted to the statements of Professor Richard Lynn.  You yourself say that Professor Lynn is “profoundly and utterly wrong”, although you admit that your view is based on “faith” not on “hard evidence”.  This is surprising because Professor Lynn is not the first person who has said these things.  There has been research into men and women’s brains for years, and it has been scientifically established that they are different.  You say that “one day” science may give us an answer, but science has already given the answer.

The point is not that men are cleverer than women – the average IQ of men and women is exactly the same.  The point is that men and women’s brains are different.  For example, as Professor Lynn pointed out, there is a wider distribution of IQs among men.  In other words, idiots and geniuses tend to be men, while women’s IQs tend to be closer to the mean.  It has been suggested that the reason for this is that Nature does not want women to be so stupid that they cannot deal with children, nor does it want women to be so clever that they will not be interested in children.

There are also many differences in capabilities.  Everyone knows that women are very good at tests with words, and they do better than men at them.  They are also often good lawyers and good money managers, but they are terrible engineers, because they do not have the facility of spatial relations.  It is not that they are not allowed to be engineers, and it is certainly not because of “cultural” influences.  They are just not good at it.  Similarly, although women have played chess for hundreds of years, they cannot compete with men.  This has nothing to do with the fact that they dress in pink.  Another good example is bridge.  More women than men play bridge in the world, and women are perfectly competent in the middle ranges, but at higher levels they cannot compete with men.  At bridge tournaments, there is always a Women’s section and a Men’s section.

But apart from what IQ tests tell us, and IQ tests have been very, very accurate for a hundred years, it is enough to look at the world to see the differences between men and women’s brains.  There must be a million women in the U.K. who could beat me at Scrabble, but I have never met a woman in my life who understands logic.  And that includes Mrs Thatcher, on the one occasion when I was invited to dinner at her house.

Yours sincerely,

D P Marchessini

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