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message 1: by Jason (new)

Jason Great review, Simon.

message 2: by Mir (new)

Mir she explodes so much neuro-bollocks, she ought to get a prize for it.

I would like this prize to include a trophy featuring large, translucent testicles.

message 3: by Simon (new)

Simon Mike, thanks.

Miriam, great idea; perhaps even exploding translucent testicles.

message 4: by Mir (new)

Mir That would be more metaphorically perfect, but wouldn't one who received such a trophy wish to treasure it forever? I know I would.

message 5: by Scribble (new)

Scribble Orca Excellent review!

message 6: by Simon (new)

Simon Thanks, Scribble.

Miriam, you have a point. But maybe the award should be about the moment, and not about possessing something, however proud an owner one would be of a non-exploding testicular trophy.

message 7: by Manny (new)

Manny I don't know why I still haven't read this book! It's certainly a subject that I find intensely interesting. The problem is that it seems so easy to construct plausible-sounding arguments in both directions.

For example: people often claim that "women can't do X as well as men", but the exceptions can be so startling that you wonder whether any of the claims are plausible. Male chessplayers outnumber females 99 to 1 at the top level, but the Polgar sisters, who were trained to be professional chessplayers from infancy, are as strong as any top male grandmasters, and hardly anyone else has tried it seriously.

On the other hand, there are many species which have gigantic differences between the genders, to the point where you sometimes can't even see that males and females belong to the same species. Why should we be an exception?

I must find out more about this!

message 8: by Simon (new)

Simon Well, this is the place to find out. With respect to other species, I wonder how different the brains are between genders. Clearly even with humans there are striking differences; just not, perhaps, in the brain.

message 9: by jo (new)

jo Simon wrote: "Clearly even with humans there are striking differences; just not, perhaps in the brains."

i thought Fine was open to the idea that male and female brains might be different.

message 10: by Simon (new)

Simon She is. She just thinks there's no evidence for it yet; and that what it is supposed to explain is better explained in other ways.

message 11: by Cecily (new)

Cecily jo wrote: "i thought Fine was open to the idea that male and female brains might be different."

Maybe, maybe not. But her bigger point is that even if there are structural differences, they don't necessarily translate into inevitable behavioural differences.

message 12: by jo (new)

jo File under gender!

message 13: by Simon (new)

Simon Haha. Done. Now can you check the classifications for all the other books on my shelves?

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