How many Mensans around here?

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Herculano
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How many Mensans around here?

Post by Herculano »

Should be plenty, this is the kind of thing we like! Where from?

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Post by cczernia »

Interesting...

Do you always ascribe to such generalisations?

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PocketLint
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hmm

Post by PocketLint »

After they put Charlie in jail, I thought that cult died out..

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Post by oscar »

Qualified, but ain't :wink:
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Post by Dreamer »

PocketLint, what has Charlie got to do with it? Which Charlie?
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Post by Orion_0169 »

Overqualified, but ain't ;-)
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Mensan?

Post by enowicki »

Wouldn't know....never took the test. 8)
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Post by FastEddie »

What's Charlie got to do with it?
Let me think now . . .
Charlie, Patricia, Linda, Susan, etc.
Still don't know?
think 1969

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Post by Dreamer »

FastEddie, you're talking 'bout Charlie Manson, huh? Call me a bore, or something, but I don't see the connection between him and Mensa. Was he a member?
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Post by Starlake »

Manson, Mensans — now that's a great joke.
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But, speaking of generalizations: I've heard that one famous astronomer — whose name I've forgotten, of course — preferred working with women assistants, because they were more accurate when it came to sorting out stars or galaxies or whatever. Maybe because women are used to mind numbing, boring, tedious work like sorting out beans or berries or dirty laundry? If this is true, the stardust team should place an advert in the "Ladies Home"! :wink:

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Post by BasketCase »

Until I take the test, I can assume that I am! :lol:

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Post by minkiemink »

Hmmm...you are certainlyright Starlake...sorting berries is vastly more mind numbing than posessing the somewhat amazing ability to publicly stick ones' foot effortlessly in ones' mouth. How is the fit by the way?

Clichés anyone?

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Post by Starlake »

I've checked some internet sources (I can't remember were I had read about those female assistants for the first time, but it must have been some 20 years ago), and the aforementioned astronomer might have been Edward C. Pickering, director of the Harvard College Observatory from 1876 to 1919. He hired women for "the tedious work of 'computers' ”, and they became known as “Pickering’s Harem". As "astronomy in those days was a labor intensive enterprise, ... women were valued members of the lower faculty ranks for this reason".

Good.

Now, if, in the long run, women are more accurate when doing "tedious work", this effect would show up in the results of this stardust enterprise: female volunteers — and not especially Mensans — will achieve higher scores when locating stardust particles.

But of course I'm a male chauvinist pig whose only value is that he can ftick hif foot im hif mouf — anf fpot ftarfuft af fhe fame fime. :wink:

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