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When Is a Sex Difference Real?

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Excellent post

I wonder if someone could take the same data used by the authors and analyze it from an evolutionary perspective as you did with a couple of examples here.

"only a 10% overlap"?

Common sense tells anyone this is a large negative number.

The Sex Difference Obliteration Industrial Complex is the perfect gummint make-work program. It can do nothing but make trouble and still never go out of business.

What about proximal causes?

How does evolutionary psychology test for proximal causes? For example, women might be more "choosy" than men simply because men are larger and therefore having sex with a man one doesn't know well enough involves a larger potential risk of becoming a victim of violence? Likewise, a woman not on the pill may be more choosy because it is hard for her to assure the use of contraceptives with someone not appearing responsible.

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David P. Schmitt, Ph.D., is a Caterpillar Inc. Professor of Psychology at Bradley University.

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