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Several years ago, a president of Harvard resigned -- due, in part, to expressing his opinion that there are innate differences between men and women that contribute to fewer women in math/science professions. Since then, there have been a few studies on how people deal with math. Here are just a few quick links. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.


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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 5:12pm

    Nail Polish Remover

    My high school teacher (math, science, statistics) told the class that girls were better at math until they start using nail polish remover, which apparently dumbs them down a bit.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 5:56pm

    Re: Nail Polish Remover

    huffing might do that

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 6:05pm

    Obama is such a dude.
    The worst president ever, he can't lead, he can't think and worst he couldn't find his way out of his ass if he tried to.

     

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    trish, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 6:15pm

    i'm a native french speaker as well as english, and i always thought it was funny that french doesn't have words for 80 and 90, 'quatre-vingt' and 'quatre-vingt-dix' (four twenty/ four-twenty-ten). I read somewhere that it's because some ancient people counted by twenties instead of by tens like we do today, so forty would be '2 times 20' and so on. The article says it's about the length of the words that represent the numbers are shorter, which makes sense.
    Never mind french, check out the Arara peple mentioned in the article who count only by twos! imagine: 8 is 'two-two-two-two' in their language lol...

     

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    trish, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 6:20pm

    Re:

    Obama is a dude, yes... I don't think that's why he is (as you claim) the worst president, because they were all dudes weren't they.
    And he has bigger problems than constipation, I'm sure.

     

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    chris, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 7:15pm


    "his opinion that there are innate differences between men and women that contribute to fewer women in math/science"

    Mike, that is not accurate. He suggested that innate differences may be a factor. He did not say that he thought that they were. I minor difference, but I think what happened to him in the aftermath was unjust so I think it's important to set the record straight.

     

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    NullOp, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 8:38pm

    Obama

    In 2012 almost anyone will look good against Obama! It's hard to believe this country elected a socialist.

    Also this might be a very good time for a REAL third party to spring up. There are a lot of candidates for every presidential election but a really serious third party candidate that is actually electable would be something to consider.

    In any case, Obama = NO in 2012!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 9:04pm

    The Romans had a strange subtractive way of reckoning some of the numbers less than 100. So, for example, instead of 38 being "triginta octo" ("thirty-eight"), it was "duodequadraginta" ("two down from forty"); similarly, 39 was "undequadraginta", not "triginta novem". This was true for all such 8 and 9 (mod 10) numbers, except for 8 and 9 themselves, and (for whatever reason) 98. The normal ways were valid but rare.

     

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    chris, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 9:18pm

    Re: Obama


    Unfortunately, no third party party candidate will ever be electable. At least not at the national level.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duverger%27s_law

     

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    chris, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 9:29pm

    Re: Re: Obama

    Oops, I mean not just the party's "party candidates" but their regular candidates as well.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 9:30pm

    Math IS hard for some, and so is spelling.

    Saw this on Reddit tonight.

    http://i.imgur.com/79cNP.jpg

    1/2 of 30?

     

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    Richard (profile), Aug 19th, 2011 @ 2:37am

    Re: Obama

    In 2012 almost anyone will look good against Obama! It's hard to believe this country elected a socialist.

    Obama? A socialist? Really?

    Exactly what has he done that even vaguely counts as socialism?

    Actually what your country could do with is a real socialist. I think the last one you had was a guy called Roosevelt and you got a legacy of 25 years of unheard of prosperity after him.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 19th, 2011 @ 2:56am

    Re: Re:

    * Dud.

    There happy now?

    Obama only surpassed in incompetence by his predecessor Bush Jr.

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Aug 19th, 2011 @ 2:56am

    Re: Math IS hard for some, and so is spelling.

    Well, itís an even number, and that might confuse some people.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 19th, 2011 @ 3:01am

    Re: Obama

    Who gives a fuck if the guy is socialist, capitalist, jew, christian, muslim, gay, green or whatever.

    None of that matters what would matter is if he was capable of doing something which he is obviously not, he is weaker than Bush even though he is more articulate than Bush will ever be and still he can't lead he has no leadership in him and can't build consensus on anything and can't find his way out of the problems America face.

     

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    abc gum, Aug 19th, 2011 @ 5:02am

    I had to recheck the topic of this thread.
    I was correct, it is about math, not politics.

    Not sure why some people feel the need to thread jack. Possibly no one listens to them and this is their only method to vent their anger. Or it may just be a really bad trolling attempt.

     

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    Owen Lock, Aug 19th, 2011 @ 6:39am

    Larry Summers

    Mike:

    Wasn't the president of Harvard Larry Summers?

    If so, he never even implied that women have less talent in the hard sciences; what he did say was that in an investigation as to why women weren't proportionately represented in the sciences and math, that the investigation also look into innate ability.

    Having worked for an eccentric economist for many years, I recognized Summers's comment as merely insuring that all possible causes be investigated.

     

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    ike, Aug 24th, 2011 @ 1:09pm

    When an anglophone hears "nineteen", they don't perceive "nine-ten".

    When a francophone hears "quatre-vingt-dix-neuf", they don't perceive "four-twenty-ten-nine". It might be perceived as "eighty-nineteen", though.

     

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