Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Natioal Academy of Science -- junk study on women in science

The Becker-Posner Blog:
"The study was conducted by a committee appointed by the NAS (along with the National Academy of Engineering), and it concludes that women's underperformance in academic science and engineering relative to men is caused not by any innate differences between men and women but by subtle biases, and by barriers in the form of refusing to make science jobs more 'woman friendly.' The study is available online at http://darwin.nap.edu/books/0309100429/html/R7.html.

The study will, one hopes, be carefully dissected by experts, but I will be surprised if it stands up to expert scrutiny."
Me too. I'll go out on a limb here and say that men *on average* are innately better at the spatial sort of reasoning required in many science and engineering disciplines. Just my own observation and experience.

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