August 25, 2005
Men, Women, and IQ tests

'Men cleverer than women' claim. Sounds preposterous, doesn't it?

Well, actually, if you read the article rather than the headline, you find that the claim is that men have higher IQs than women do. That, I can believe. After all, I don't think that IQ tests really measure anything meaningful, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if there was a sex bias in there to go along with cultural and educational-background biases. That is; men aren't cleverer than women (except, that is, for recognising that you don't need to own more than half a dozen pairs of shoes, or indeed any cushions at all) but IQ tests might give more weight to the sort of tasks that men tend to be good at.

In fact, not only do I believe that IQ tests are not a good way to measure general intelligence, but having read The Mismeasure of Man, I don't even believe that there is such a thing as general intelligence to be measured. Have you ever noticed that even the stupidest people are good at some things, and even the cleverest have their mental blind spots?

Posted to Science and technology by Simon Brunning at August 25, 2005 05:20 PM
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