Who's a Bigger Idiot? Men, Women or Purveyors of Joke Science?
By Rachel Ewing
Office of University Communications
December 15, 2014
Did you hear the news today? Science has finally proven that men are bigger idiots than women.
Men: Hold on and don’t get too defensive just yet. Women: Don’t gloat, or we may turn out to be the idiots here. Because there are a few problems with this news that we should talk about.
This much is true: One of the world’s leading scientific journals, the British Medical Journal (BMJ), published this study, positing the existence of “Male Idiot Theory” and providing evidence for that theory based on real information about avoidable, stupid deaths.
But this study, “The Darwin Awards: sex differences in idiotic behavior,” was part of BMJ’s annual Christmas issue which includes a section of tongue-in-cheek science—in which scientists show their lighter side by analyzing real data to address silly questions, often in silly ways.
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