Re: political correctness according to Hugo de Garis

David McFadzean (
Mon, 06 Jan 1997 10:45:46 -0700

At 12:19 AM 05/01/97 +0000, Kathryn Aegis wrote:
>were, (iii) that one of the greatest known ancient mathematicians of
>all time, Hypatia, was murdered by monks and her library burned
>simply because she was a woman, and (iv) what about Marie Curie, the
>Countess of Lovelace, Sappho?
>You could also point out that until very recently most women were
>prohibited by law from attending school or even reading books, and that
>these prohibitions were often enforced through beatings or commitment to
>asylums. It is believed that many women who exhibited signs of early
>genius were treated as socially rebellious or mentally anamolous.

I don't want to seem like I'm defending de Garis's views, but he doesn't
disagree with anything you have said. He says that if women have been
underrepresented historically because the Man has been keeping them down,
then we should have seen an increase in the proportion of female geniuses
in last 30 years. But he claims they still represent around 5%.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Kumo Software Corp.