Disclaimer: This in no way is intended to be a flame, or to propogate any kind of sexism.
I’ve noticed for a while now that when it comes to intellectual pursuits (I can only speak for the ones I’m regularly exposed to) women do not do well against men at the highest level.
That is to say, when it comes to perfect information games like Chess or Go the best few men seem to be far better than the best few women.
Similarly for (this is my opinion based on little evidence) games like Bridge.
Furthermore if one looks at field which are traditionally associated with intellectual ability such as nuclear physics or pure mathematics one still finds the greatest proponents in this day and age are still men (even if one restricts one’s self to the up and coming).
I am interested in knowing exactly why this discripency exists.
I personally do not believe that this gap represents physical inadiquacies with the female brain or in any sort of genetic difference between the the two sexes. But it is something that must be atleast be considered.
I have heard of various theories that attempt to explain this gap in terms of social pressure and conditioning.
I’m interested in cites for such theories as well as discussions of their validity.
But in general why do people think that in this day and age there arn’t a few incredible women who can match men at intellectual feats ?
(This is my first thread so don’t hurt me :-). I appologise for the lack of quality control of the contents of this post, its been a long night. )