Monday, July 28, 2008

Read your newspaper with a suspicious eye: Marginal Revolution shows three things about this week's MSM story that a recent major study proves that boys are not better at math than girls (and thus that Larry Summers was wrong): 1) the study actually shows greater variance in males (i.e., the means are the same, but more guys are really bad and really good) which goes a long way to explain why so many math experts are men; 2) that journalists don't get these kinds of stories right because they're stupid, gullible, and biased; and 3) that researchers facilitate the misinformation. (Call me cynical, but when I read in the newspaper that the two researchers quoted were women, I said, "Hmmm" to myself.)

1 comment:

Razib said...

one of the authors on the radio admitted being angry about larry summers. she wanted to know what results she wanted to find :0)