If you are a woman, it’s a pretty seductive argument : “Research shows men really are more stupid than women.”
However, when your entire research universe is drawn from a self-selecting pool of low IQ specimens -
- it’s hard to give the conclusion too much weight:
Sex differences in risk seeking behaviour, emergency hospital admissions, and mortality are well documented. However, little is known about sex differences in idiotic risk taking behaviour. This paper reviews the data on winners of the Darwin Award over a 20 year period (1995-2014). Winners of the Darwin Award must eliminate themselves from the gene pool in such an idiotic manner that their action ensures one less idiot will survive. This paper reports a marked sex difference in Darwin Award winners: males are significantly more likely to receive the award than females (P<0.0001). We discuss some of the reasons for this difference.
To be clear: you need to be really stupid to be part of this “study:”
Winners of the Darwin Award must die in such an idiotic manner that “their action ensures the long-term survival of the species, by selectively allowing one less idiot to survive.” The Darwin Awards Committee attempts to make a clear distinction between idiotic deaths and accidental deaths. For instance, Darwin Awards are unlikely to be awarded to individuals who shoot themselves in the head while demonstrating that a gun is unloaded. This occurs too often and is classed as an accident. In contrast, candidates shooting themselves in the head to demonstrate that a gun is loaded may be eligible for a Darwin Award—such as the man who shot himself in the head with a “spy pen” weapon to show his friend that it was real.
In fact, if you were to use the U.S. Congress as the control group, you might justifiably conclude that the sexes are equally stupid; indeed, you could even conclude that stupidity is an equal opportunity predator.
I swear, between stupidity and wimpiness America may well be doomed.
Now it seems our best and brightest are so easily traumatized by current events that they can’t even take their finals. Here’s part of a plea on behalf of Harvard Law students, pushing for exam delays over the Ferguson and Staten Island grand jury decisions:
Unless you act now, you will allow the systematic underperformance of a great many students of color and allies on this campus on their exams.
We cannot walk away from our pain, and we cannot ignore our call to act against the injustice that threatens our families and our commitment to the justice system.
This is more than a personal emergency. This is a national emergency.
I’ll say it’s a national emergency: we are either too stupid or too wimpy to continue to thrive.
Megyn has some thoughts, and some guests with thoughts on this latest national emergency:
I say give them as much “grieving and healing” time as they need; if it were not for our Ivy League’s really Big Brains how ever would we run this stupid country?
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