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Go to: New study disputes notion that men are better at spatial thinking than women

Cobra in the fire's Avatar Jump to comment 12 by Cobra in the fire

Ok... Do I believe a woman can be as good at spatial awareness as a man, yes I do.

Given that the capacity is obviously there, then if any small differences even exist, they are indeed small and can be overcome by education in any case. I won't justify that statement, because I shouldn't bloody well need to. It is 2011, not 1911, for gods sake.

I also know men who are useless at spatial tasks. Do I think that says something about men? It's the usual fallacy. Some people who are different to us are crap at something so some of us extrapolate that to all of them. When one of us does the same, some of us think it's just that particular person who is rubbish at it. Nice to see some people generalising.

Maybe we could also chuck in the studies about lesbians being better drivers because they think like men. Oh, sorry that would be offensive, quasi scientific and mildly bigoted about a group of people we don't belong to. Oh... Er...hang on.

Are men and women the same? No. But that is irrelevant. This is about mental skills which are learned. I don't accept that women are automatically superior communicators than I am, so why would I accept that they are automatically inferior spatially in some way?

Are women intellectually equivalent when given similar opportunity? yes...This is clearly so, if you actually bother to look for it, and only someone with a thinly disguised or sublimated mysogyny believes otherwise.

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 18:14:34 UTC | #866408

Go to: New study disputes notion that men are better at spatial thinking than women

Cobra in the fire's Avatar Jump to comment 11 by Cobra in the fire

Ok... Do I believe a woman can be as good at spatial awareness as a man, yes I do.

Given that the capacity is obviously there, then if any small differences even exist, they are indeed small and can be overcome by education in any case. I won't justify that statement, because I shouldn't bloody well need to. It is 2011, not 1911, for gods sake.

I also know men who are useless at spatial tasks. Do I think that says something about men? It's the usual fallacy. Some people who are different to us are crap at something so some of us extrapolate that to all of them. When one of us does the same, some of us think it's just that particular person who is rubbish at it. Nice to see some people generalising.

Maybe we could also chuck in the studies about lesbians being better drivers because they think like men. Oh, sorry that would be offensive, quasi scientific and mildly bigoted about a group of people we don't belong to. Oh... Er...hang on.

Are men and women the same? No. But that is irrelevant. This is about mental skills which are learned. I don't accept that women are automatically superior communicators than I am, so why would I accept that they are automatically inferior spatially in some way?

Are women intellectually equivalent when given similar opportunity? yes...This is clearly so, if you actually bother to look for it, and only someone with a thinly disguised or sublimated mysogyny believes otherwise.

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 18:14:08 UTC | #866407

Go to: Junkies in jackboots: Nazi soldiers given highly addictive crystal meth to help them fight harder and longer

Cobra in the fire's Avatar Jump to comment 26 by Cobra in the fire

Who said this site only has to be about atheism and religion? "Reason and SCIENCE" is the tagline. Lets be interested in something other than the obvious. I'd like to think Richards site isn't a one trick pony.

Sat, 02 Apr 2011 10:58:29 UTC | #610662

Go to: Tsunami and earthquake in Japan: latest pictures of the damage

Cobra in the fire's Avatar Jump to comment 42 by Cobra in the fire

Do you know something, just for once, could we actually just say our sympathies are with them, and not invoke religion as a preemptive knee jerk? It's getting boring and in this context, crass...There are more important issues here to discuss, such as the obvious lack of foresight in the construction of those reactors. Live by example, and stop defining yourselves by what you're not but by what you are.

I'm more interested in what can be done to help the Japanese, I don't care what a religion has to say about it... Let them witter on...

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:59:28 UTC | #603447

Go to: [Update 7-Mar - BBC] London imam's death threats for supporting evolution

Cobra in the fire's Avatar Jump to comment 34 by Cobra in the fire

The Imam concerned seems to be quite progressive, relatively speaking. Whilst I don't support religion, in the case of the muslim community, perhaps we should think about supporting individuals like these. It may be a first step towards at least moderating the rhetoric, and marginalising the nutters even more.

Some of the comments here are not helpful, and are in danger of generalising a mentality to an entire community, something I thought a lot of us would be against.

I don't like the religion, but I know enough muslims to know a blanket statement is at best unfair, and at worst bigoted. Lets not play the game of our opponents, please.

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 13:23:55 UTC | #599665

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