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Mars, Venus, stupid research, seeing what we want to see

For your Tuesday morning reading pleasure, two headdeskers, and a rational response.

The dead tree version of the Dom Post has an article about how men are naturally aggressive , and this has helped man [sic] to progress through history. You can read the on-line version at the Telegraph, where the subbing is marginally less tendentious: Male sex drive to blame for world’s conflicts.

It goes nicely with a piece from Psychology Today: Gender differences in personality are larger than previously thought.

There’s a response to the latter piece of “research” at Scientific American: Get over it: men and women are from the same planet.

2 responses to “Mars, Venus, stupid research, seeing what we want to see

  1. Draco T Bastard January 25, 2012 at 3:09 am

    They suggest, instead, that in order to get the most accurate picture of sex differences, researchers need to (a) measure personality with a higher resolution than that afforded by the Big Five, (b) estimate sex differences on latent factors rather than observed scores; and (c) assess global differences between males and females by computing a multivariate effect size.

    A) a series of words that sound as if they mean something but in reality don’t
    B) Define characteristics that can’t be measured so that the bigots can justify their bigotry while getting paid
    C) See A)

  2. Annanonymous January 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    It troubles me that this shite passes as research, for the simple reason that there’s a market for it. You have to wonder what is the opportunity cost when trained scientists beaver away to produce Stuff headlines.

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