Friday, April 13, 2007
X Marks the Spot
I was reading a Times article (so you know it HAS to be true) called, "Pas de Deux of Sexuality Is Written in the Genes" - discussing the recent discoveries of the links between genetics and brain function as delineated by gender.

And I quote:

Several profound consequences follow from the fact that men have only one copy of the many X-related brain genes and women two...Men, as a group, will have more variable brain phenotypes,” Dr. Arnold writes, because women’s second copy of every gene dampens the effects of mutations that arise in the other. Greater male variance means that although average IQ is identical in men and women, there are fewer average men and more at both extremes.”

If I'm interpreting this correctly (and for the sake of ease, we'll just agree that I am), this brings up quite an interesting scientific phenomenon. And here is an experiment/exercise I have invented expressly to move this from theory into practice:

Step 1: Find a mirror (a hand mirror or a wall mirror, either will suffice for our purposes).

Step 2: Analyze your appearance and determine from that (as well as several other factors) whether you are male or female. If you find that you are a female, your part of the experiment is over. If you find that you are indeed male, move on to the next step.

Step 3: Assess whether or not you possess the ability to solve problems of an average to complex nature, succeed in academic pursuits, and just generally act in a competent manner.

If you answered yes to at least two of the aforementioned three conditions, Congratulations! You fall into the "smart" extreme of the male IQ spectrum and you will live a wonderful life filled with moments of genius and inspiration. If not, better luck next time. Which I guess would only work if you're Hindu. Sorry.

I realize that my male IQ "extremes" experiment is taking the article's claim to, well, an extreme. And though we made the tacit agreement earlier that I was interpreting this with 100% accuracy, I know there are those who may be, let's say, miffed at my suggestion that males can only be either really smart or really...not.

So, to preempt the angry non-fan mail and cover my theoretical experimenting tuchis:
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There, that should do it. Makes me rubber. Guess who's glue? Go on, guess. Here, I'll give you a hint. Step 1: Find a mirror...
posted by Rachel @ 2:17 PM  
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