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With the number of girls studying computing and technology related degrees in decline I have been been thinking a lot about the topic and I genuinely feel the explanation must be down to how we are socialised into believing computing is a 'male' profession.

I can't even remember my ICT lessons at school but what I do remember is that they were ever so boring. What does everyone else think?
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Environment.
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Why don't cats fly? Why don't football players look like rugby players?
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Why don't cats fly? Why don't football players look like rugby players?
Hilarious :rolleyes:
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Hilarious :rolleyes:


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There is quite persuasive research showing it has a lot to do with biology. Research by Simon Baron-Cohen found that the amount of testosterone a foetus is exposed to can have significant effects on a baby's brain. Baby boys typically develop language skills later than girls, and exhibit less eye contact. They also grow to be much more interested in mechanisms and figuring out how things work, which may explain the gender segregation in careers such as math, engineering, computing etc. It has also been found that girls and boys naturally gravitate towards different toys. Boys to "masculine" toys such as train sets and girls to "feminine" toys such as dolls. In fact, doctors use this experiment when determining how to assign the gender of babies with malformed genitalia.
I hate this sort of research it always makes me feel like such a freak for hating girls toys as a kid.

anyway, could you link me to the studies I would be interested to read them?
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I hate this sort of research it always makes me feel like such a freak for hating girls toys as a kid.

anyway, could you link me to the studies I would be interested to read them?
And that's why biologists need maths. They don't understand that, while there is some chinese 7 foot woman out there, men are still a lot taller than women on average.
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Why don't cats fly? Why don't football players look like rugby players?
It's a social construct. Cats would fly if they weren't oppressed by the horrible birds keeping them down. Evolution definitely has nothing to do with it!

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And that's why biologists need maths. They don't understand that, while there is some chinese 7 foot woman out there, men are still a lot taller than women on average.
Yeah but I was brought up differently to most people, in a much more gender neutral environment, so it wouldn't be a fair comparison. You need a bigger sample size to prove your assertions just as I do.
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Yeah but I was brought up differently to most people, in a much more gender neutral environment, so it wouldn't be a fair comparison. You need a bigger sample size to prove your assertions just as I do.
There are studies from day one to one year into an infant's life that show boys and girls are very different on average. If you actually want a ''fresh perspective'' watch this doc.

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I hate this sort of research it always makes me feel like such a freak for hating girls toys as a kid.

anyway, could you link me to the studies I would be interested to read them?
It's Simon Baron-Cohen. He's pretty well known in the psychology field. He also proposed that autism is a form of 'hyper-masculinism'. Just have a search on your universities online library, should find plenty of texts.
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There are studies from day one to one year into an infant's life that show boys and girls are very different on average. If you actually want a ''fresh perspective'' watch this doc.

Provide the studies please as In the actual studies so that I can read them, see the sample sizes, the papers they were published in and the analysis methods. No chance of bias that way.

There are plenty of other studies that conflict with those, personally I think there is not enough conclusive evidence to decide either way because it is so complex - as illustrated in this article:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...ain-boy-brain/
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It's Simon Baron-Cohen. He's pretty well known in the psychology field. He also proposed that autism is a form of 'hyper-masculinism'. Just have a search on your universities online library, should find plenty of texts.
I know, he is also the cousin to Sacha Baron Cohen. Fun fact. I just wanted the paper to read for myself rather than having to go search for it given he is such a prolific author.
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I know, he is also the cousin to Sacha Baron Cohen. Fun fact. I just wanted the paper to read for myself rather than having to go search for it given he is such a prolific author.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Essential-Di.../dp/0141011017
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That isn't a peer reviewed paper

I just want the paper, with the actual data analysis in it. You know, so I can read it critically?
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That isn't a peer reviewed paper

I just want the paper, with the actual data analysis in it. You know, so I can read it critically?
Then go trawling. You can't expect people to hand you ammunition to shoot down their arguments.
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Then go trawling. You can't expect people to hand you ammunition to shoot down their arguments.
Yes I can, when I am arguing a point I ALWAYS provide sources

at the moment no-one is giving me the papers that they are talking about...
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Yes I can, when I am arguing a point I ALWAYS provide sources

at the moment no-one is giving me the papers that they are talking about...
Some of these people are clowns and haven't actually read the paper themselves. I have.

Link: http://www.math.kth.se/matstat/gru/5b1501/F/sex.pdf
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You can find Many of Baron-Cohen's studies here:

http://www.autismresearchcentre.com/...t_15_foetaltst
Thanks - I actually read the empathy stuff for A level Psychology I think.

I think it's a very complex topic. Obviously there are some intrinsic differences bu people grossly overstate the weight of evidence in a lot of cases.

The link between fetal testosterone and empathy is something that is pretty widely accepted as it is repeatable evidence, which is different to a lot of other studies. I also take issue with primate studies - especially on rhesus and macaques, as really they bare little relations to humans. Replicate the findings on Chimps and bonobo's and maybe I'll be able to take it seriously. Among zoologists primate studies are held in pretty low regard as primatologists like to **** all over others work and overstate their conclusions. They were especially pissed off when a lecturer of mine proved that ants can teach, and changed the definition of 'teaching' accordingly. Funny thing was he then went ahead and proved ants could teach according to the new definition as well :P

As for many of the brain scan studies all the ones I have read a) show differences later in life and b) show them increasing with age. Which backs up my belief that it is a combination of biological differences and socialisation.
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Yes I can, when I am arguing a point I ALWAYS provide sources

at the moment no-one is giving me the papers that they are talking about...
Also, you definitely shouldn't feel 'freaky' for liking boy toys or whatever as a kid. I definitely don't agree with people being ostracised for not conforming to very strict gender roles. I do agree with the proposition that there are likely to be average differences in male/female interests.

It's no more freaky than if you were taller than the average guy.
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