December 2, 2005


Now, there's proof: Men, women different (Jennifer Harper, December 2, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Attention, Dr. Frankenstein, and maybe Gloria Steinem: There are girl brains, then there are boy brains. But there's not one generic human brain, no matter what hand-wringing feminists may insist in their quest for sexual equality.

Some stark new clinical evidence shows that men and women are just not the same upstairs.

"The comedians are right. The science proves it. A man's brain and a woman's brain really do work differently," a research team from the University of Alberta in Canada announced yesterday.

After analyzing magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) of 23 men and 10 women, the team found that the sexes use different areas of the brain even when working on exactly the same task.

Although, the team was stumped when Eric and Julia Roberts used exactly the same parts of their brains for similar tasks....

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 2, 2005 7:27 AM

Paging Lawrence Summers.

Posted by: Gideon at December 2, 2005 7:58 AM

They found two seperate brains for Eric and Julia?

Posted by: John at December 2, 2005 8:46 AM

"They" were tested on consecutive days.

Posted by: oj at December 2, 2005 8:50 AM

Human minds are the same. Variations in their somatic and endocrine environments influence how these minds connect with external reality.

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 2, 2005 8:58 AM

Forget Larry Summers - page the female professor who felt 'assaulted and violated' by his speech (Nancy something). Ask her for a peer review of the report, and then a column in the Boston Globe explaining her position. I suspect she will decline.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 2, 2005 9:07 AM

That female professor also reported that she felt nauseous and almost fainted ...

Of such fragile stuff and nonsense are Harvard professors.

Posted by: erp at December 2, 2005 9:38 AM

I wonder if they controlled for sexual orientation...

Posted by: Mike Earl at December 2, 2005 10:21 AM

They paid money for this.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at December 2, 2005 1:08 PM

Whose sexual orientation, Eric's or Julia's?

Posted by: joe shropshire at December 2, 2005 2:03 PM

Well, those Canadians do have a surplus of MRI machines, and gotta do womething with them.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 2, 2005 2:06 PM

This has seemed like a "well, duh!" controversy for decades, and not just from a common sense and personal experience point of view. Isn't it obvious that men and women have different mixes of hormones, that hormone levels are largely genetic, and that hormones influence the brain? Doesn't that destroy the "social construction of gender" argument in one sentence?

Posted by: PapayaSF at December 2, 2005 2:14 PM

jim hamlen:

Nancy Hopkins.

She might be up for a "peer review," as long as she gets to run it. Imagine a whole team of scientists humming loudly with their fingers in their ears.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at December 2, 2005 5:02 PM