Saturday, December 31, 2016
  Misses every point

BBC did a brief idiot story on the scarceness of female inventors as judged by patents. Needless to say, we MUST MUST MUST "break all barriers and walls" to reach MORE THAN 100% wyyymoenes inventors. They mention that Russia is an exception to the rule. In Russia the proportion is 5:1 male, while it's more like 20 to 1 elsewhere. They attribute this to Soviet education which "broke the barriers for wyyiymmmyunses."

The idiot story gets everything wrong. (Well, I already said it's BBC, didn't I?)

1. Nature. Males are designed to try new things and take risks because males are less necessary than females. This tendency isn't absolute among humans but it's plenty strong.

2. Inventing and patents are opposites. Patents are strategic anti-invention weapons. Corporations acquire patents to HALT competing innovation. Most patents are held by males because males enjoy playing corporate war games.

3. Soviet education did a better job for girls, but not because of "glass ceiling" ratshit. Soviet science education was strongly EXPERIMENTAL AND PHYSICAL AND SANE. This was BETTER FOR EVERYONE except Jews and Orientals. Western math and science education is purely THEORETICAL AND WACKED-OUT LUNATIC, which is better for Jews and Orientals, along with a narrow slice of extremely abstract male Caucasians.

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