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Monday, March 28, 2005


Maybe Henry VIII Knew Something

Razib has a post up at Gene Expression in which he notes a paper (if you're a Tech student, you can get access through the electronic journal interface) that claims that couples that have male brains (systematizing, e.g., engineers, mathematicians) tend to have sons and that couples couples that have female brains (empathizing, e.g., nurses) tend to have daughters.

The authors believe that the sex hormones of both parents strongly influence the sex of their offspring and back up their theory with data from the 1994 US General Social Survey.

So maybe ole Henry was right and his wives were too empathetic and a more systematizing wife was needed to increase the probability of male progeny.

Or maybe Henry would've been better suited for a different line of work...


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