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Men are from Mars , and Women are from Venus ” . . . Do you agree ?

Many probably witness the much talked differential behavior among the gender every day. Its argued , men take more risk in life ( often senseless !) , some go to the extreme to suggest Men are Idiots and decorate them with a provocative title MIT (Men Idiot Theory ) (Mcpherson 2011).Risk taking is important in life, but at what cost ? Does women (Who are caring by nature ) help themselves and the society by less risk taking behavior ?

I stumbled upon this rare piece of writing from BMJ which would demand in depth analysis into this gender phenomenon based on evolutionary biology and genetics.

This article concludes, Yes, men . . . indeed tend to take some foolish risks in various life situations that result in potential harm.

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What is the influence of MIT on medical profession and patient outcome ?

Now , Iam compelled to ask a hypothetical question .Does women medical professionals take less aggressive stance and low risk taking behavior ?

If it’s true, It may have some striking advantage too.

Reference

1.Harris CR, Jenkins M, Glaser D. Gender differences in risk assessment: why do women take fewer risks than men? Judgm Decis Mak2006;1(1): p. 48-63.

2.Eckel CC, Grossman PJ. Men, women and risk aversion: experimental evidence. In: Plott CR, Smith VL, eds. Handbook of experimental economics results. Vol 1. North-Holland, 2008:1061-73.

3.McPherson J. Women are from Venus, men are idiots. Andrews McMeel, 2011

4.Northcutt W. The Darwin Awards: The official Darwin Awards: 180 bizarre true stories of how dumb humans have met their maker. Orion, 2004.

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