But when you have people like that, your scruffy friend and intelligent J.W's, how do you cut through their Shield ? - Generally speaking, we can't.
My scruffy bearded friend basically thinks there are fewer women in STEM because that's how they're conditioned by society.
It's funny because after he'd talked about STEM for a little bit, I brought up the male dominated prison population. He then said I was cherry picking data! Well, wasn't he doing the same??!
Total lack of self-awareness. XD
There are other categories that men dominate, I didn't bring up in our discussion but wish I had:
Why would a tyrannical patriarchy imprison vastly more men than women?
Why would more men than women kill themselves under a tyrannical patriarchy?
Here are the factors that help explain the prison population ...
1. Men have more testosterone and are thus more aggressive than women, on average.
2. The distribution of IQ is different in males vs females. Mean IQ is identical but females dominate at and around the mean whereas males dominate at the tail ends. What this means is that there are more low IQ males than low IQ females, and by a wide, wide margin. I don't remember the exact ratio ... it may be 5:1 or 8:1 or 12:1, but you get the idea.
There must be other factors but one that isn't a factor is gender bias or sexism on the part of judges.
A personal question for you, but pertinent to the above, did you always have good critical thinking skills, or have these only been awakened by Uni ? - Well, I'd say my critical thinking skills started to awake as I was leaving the WTS and were already pretty good, though not brilliant.
Uni helped a lot but so did this forum, at least as much as uni, probably more so.
You don't get a piece of paper saying you're clever but you can learn a lot here.