Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Tao of Sex Differences

"Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago," begins the popular article — Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal. "Maps of neural circuitry show women's brains are suited to social skills and memory, men's perception and co-ordination."

"Sex differences in human behavior show adaptive complementarity," begins the scientific article's abstract — Sex differences in the structural connectome of the human brain. "Overall, the results suggest that male brains are structured to facilitate connectivity between perception and coordinated action, whereas female brains are designed to facilitate communication between analytical and intuitive processing modes."

I like that phasing Ingalhalikar, et al. (2013) employ: "adaptive complementarity." Said a co-author of the study, "It's quite striking how complementary the brains of women and men really are." Will "adaptive complementarity" be enough, however, to satisfy the equalitarian? I doubt it. They will stop at nothing less than unisexual uniformity. I for one, like the "complementarity" aspect of the sexes. It makes life richer socially, emotionally, and, ahem, physically if you know what I mean.

Men will always need women to help them find stuff in the refrigerator and women will always need men to help them drive through an unknown city. Not all men and not all women, of curse, but that's why we speak of patterns, not rules. In Korea, I remember the popular notion that women make better family doctors, men better surgeons. I'm impressed by our kids' female pediatrician remembering minute details of six-month-old non-medical conversations that I had long forgotten probably even more than as I was impressed by our daughter's neurosurgeon performing a delicate operation on her little spinal cord when she was two. Again, some individuals won't fit neatly into these patterns, but that's the fun of diversity.

(This news was, of course, another great Chateau Heartiste find — Male And Female Brains Are Wired Differently, Alert The Feminists.)

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OpenID kuiwon said...

I've noticed an anti-science tendency among Feminists through conversations with them and their co-religionists.

December 4, 2013 at 12:50 PM  

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