Thursday, October 12, 2006

men have higher IQ than women ?

Its official, men have higher IQ than women:
"At each and every level of family income, for every level of fathers' and of mothers' education, and for each and every one of seven ethnic groups, males had higher G scores than females, the study found.

A study of 100,000 17- to 18-year-olds on the Scholastic Assessment Test published in the September 2006 issue of the journal Intelligence, has confirmed a surprising new finding -- that men have a 4- to 5-point IQ advantage over women by adulthood.

Because girls mature faster than boys, the sex difference is masked during the school years, which explains why the sex difference was missed for 100 years."
I'm not sure what to make of this. Frankly, I believe it. I note however that this means nothing for any individual woman: my wife for example, or my daughter for that matter, are extremely intelligent women. That's the key thing to remember about these statistics -- average group capability says nothing about an individual's capability.

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