Monday, June 02, 2008

Girls vs. Boys


8 Comments:

At 6/02/2008 5:34 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Girls are getting as good as boys in maths, and are better at reading...

Yeah, so what?

Girls still suck at sports...

 
At 6/02/2008 5:42 PM, Anonymous E. Harokopos said...

juandos,

it depends on what sport. They are better at synchronized swimming for sure.

However, besides the selection bias in the study displayed, empirically speaking, Norway, Sweden and Iceland have no grta numbers of known mathematicians, whereas even Turkey can show some, save France, Italy, Poland, etc.

It appears that these "modern" at par societies have adjusted their curricilum at school so that girls do not feel the math burden. Then, the study comes not to prove the failure of the known facts, but to confirm the success of the curriculum adjustment.

It's funny how uninformed statisticians can become victims of their own inductions.

 
At 6/02/2008 6:05 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"It's funny how uninformed statisticians can become victims of their own inductions"...

Well said sir!

"They are better at synchronized swimming for sure"...

Hmmm, never thought of synchronized swimming as a sport though I'll be the first to acknowledge that it can be quite difficult and strenuous...

Then again I don't think of golf as a sport either...

Sports need incidental contact at the very least...:-)

 
At 6/03/2008 3:55 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

Interesting that, no matter the country, the difference is consistently in the 40-50 range. It does suggest that this is not solely a cultural difference, but may tie to underlying genetic/mental differences.

 
At 6/03/2008 4:03 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> "They are better at synchronized swimming for sure"...

Hmmm, never thought of synchronized swimming as a sport though I'll be the first to acknowledge that it can be quite difficult and strenuous...

Then again I don't think of golf as a sport either...

Sports need incidental contact at the very least...:-)


Actually, a friend of mine argues that the chief element of "sports" ties to two measures:
1) It must be "athletic"
2) It must be reasonably objective in results (i.e., the scoring should generally not be radically changed by changing the officiating).

Hence, Chess and Billiards are not sports, though they are games, since they are not really athletic.

Gymnastics, like Synchro Swimming, is not a sport, though both are certainly athletic.

By this definition, Golf does qualify as a sport (no matter how boring it is to watch) because the results are highly objective and it's clearly pretty athletic.

While the results from a specific game of football or baseball might change due to different officiating on some critical call, for the most part, the officiating will be consistent and the results depend entirely on the athletic performances of the players and coaches. Hence, they, too, are definitely sports.

Take that notion for what it's worth. I think it's a pretty good way to distinctify athletic contests and "Sports". Both involve skill, without a doubt...

 
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At 2/22/2009 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some boys do synchronized swimmng but they are not as good since they dont do the figures as well and can;t hold air like girls

 

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