- 章节名：The ENIAC Girls Vanish
- 页码：第218页 2019-06-17 10:20:11
But the detectable differences in boy and girl cognition and behavior are too small to explain such divergence in life and career paths; instead, they're like a biological signal that gets heavily amplified by cultural feedback into life-chaning decisions and preference. The portion attributable to pure genetics becomes a force that is small and scientifically murky - particulary when compared to the manifold, well-documented examples of phosphorescent sexism radiating in the halls of tech workplaces.
It turns out that believing your field is purely meritocratic has lousy side effects. Stats show they're well represented in feilds such as molecular biology and neuroscience, where it's understood that hard effort, teamwork, and rigor carry the day; but in fields that pride themselves on requiring raw, isolated genius - like math or philosophy - they're not.
When you prime someone with the idea of meritocracy, it seems to give them permission to act on their internal biases - evoking, it would seem, the cultural idea of the man as more likely to be the lone genius.
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