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Comment: Re:Differing learning styles (Score 2) 690

by roachmotel3 (#42476531) Attached to: Why Girls Do Better At School

Perhaps you're right, but unfortunately this has some pretty vast social implications. If 60% of the degrees are going to women, and women and men are in a roughly 50/50 ratio, this means that there are going to be a lot of well paid, socially and economically powerful women who can't find equals as mates.

As the father of a young, smart daughter, this makes me sad. It means most likely, if my daughter wants to have a family she's going to have to accept some low-life college dropout because he didn't find the energy to figure out learning and education were worthwhile before it was too late.

Comment: Percentiles (Score 1) 823

by roachmotel3 (#41768261) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?

I had this discussion recently with some friends, and it comes down to this. Assume you're in the 95th percentile in terms of "Intelligence" (whatever that means). In general, you'll have spent your entire life realizing that 95% of the time, you're smarter than the people around you. At some point, you self-select a peer group of similar percentiles, and begin to believe that you and those around you are average and that everyone else around you is simply an insufferable moron.

The best medicine, I've found, is to make friends in different groups, both socially, economically, and intellectually. Travel. Hang out with farmers. Meet people and try to see the world through their eyes. You might be intellectually "smarter" or "faster" than 95% of the people you meet, but everyone brings a new perspective and world view. If you pay attention to it, and start to try to look at the world through their eyes, you'll build your empathy, and increase your problem solving skills at the same time, as all good problem solving starts by looking at a problem from a new perspective.

The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, "I've got responsibilities."

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