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TOK Presentation - Male and female ways of thinking Question: Do men and women think in the same ways and should this affect their lives and careers? It has long been thought that men and women have fundamental difference in the way they think, but this was always considered to be down to the hormones. Recently it has been discovered that although the hormones do play a role in the behaviour and views of the different sexes, the brain also plays a key role. It has been found that there are many ways which the male brain varies from the female brain. This challenges the equal rights and opportunities have long been struggled for. In the various studies that have been performed, many conclusions have been drawn. Some have been suspected for some time. These include the fact that men's brains are about 10% larger than women's. This doesn't seem to matter much, as men's bodies are on average 8% larger than women's, but there is still a small size difference. ...read more.


It's also been found that women's senses are more finely tuned, and at a younger age can more easily differentiate between colours and textures, and can memorize things more easily. This may be from older times, when men had to be hunters and spot movement, while women related more to cooking and learning the different tastes and properties of a plant by its colour and feel. In the same way, women develop language and reading skills younger, while men become better at mechanical and spatial abilities. This is why traditionally women have studied more emotive subjects such as English or drama and men prefer to go for science or technology based subjects. . The overall difference between men and women is men have a tendency to analyze and construct systems while women are inclined to empathize with characters in novels or plays rather than working with unemotional machines and equipment. However, it is still undecided how to handle these discoveries. ...read more.


So we see that people emotions and experiences can greatly change how determined they are to pursue a certain course. This information also challenges educational systems. Most schools are co-ed now, teaching both boys and girls the same things at the same times, but if the studies are correct and girls and boys really do learn things at different speed and at different times in their lives, it might be more beneficial for them to be taught separately, at least while they are learning basic skills. However, while this might be better for the mental side of children's development, psychologically and socially separate schooling could stop children reaching full maturity. So this matter is still undecided. Logic tells us to use this information to become more efficient, dividing genders into what they are suited for, while emotionally we want equality for genders no matter what. I personally think that given the right initiative men and women can achieve the same things, but they should be encouraged to go into the fields that they are naturally better at. It would b foolish to waste this new information, but we can't completely disregard human feelings. ...read more.

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