Re: (fwd) Re: Little more on mites (yech)

Michael Lorrey (
Wed, 31 Mar 1999 21:16:39 -0500

Anders Sandberg wrote:

> "Lee Daniel Crocker" < (none)> writes:
> > ObExtropy: Anyone know of any correlation between cognitive
> > function and cranial hair? It certainly seems to be a prevalent
> > stereotype that smart guys are bald, though Newton and Einstein
> > are obvious counterexamples.
> A longshot: cranial hair correlates with testosterone levels, which
> also correlates with spatial ability. Mind you, this is rather weak.

Well, the mites are attracted to the sebum oil excreted by the hair follicles, which would have higher testosterone-derivative chemicals in it, or the higher testosterone levels contribute to a higher propensity to trigger immune responses to the mite colonies at the base of the follicles.

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