Re: Gender and Cognitive Style

Michael Lorrey (
Fri, 20 Nov 1998 12:30:19 -0500

Joe E. Dees wrote:

> The reason I brought up gender differences in cognitive style rather
> than bodily morphology is because it would not be the bodies of
> people which would be uploaded, but their minds. If gender
> differences in cognitive style are pronounced enough to be
> measurable over a large population to a statistically significant
> degree, it would seem to introduce a further element of complexity
> into the uploading project. Multiple connectionist schema within the
> cybernetic upload site might be required to accommodate the
> possibly distinct neural network patterns underlying these cognitively
> stylistic differences (verbal/aural vs. visual/spatial being the most
> documented and notable). Comment ca vu?

I would say that since women have a dominant right brain, while men are dominant left, usually, of course, and that this dominance seems to be a factor of hormone levels, that as long as you have electronic hormones to control the sense of masculinty/femininity, then as long as you have modules for all cognitive functions in an upload, no matter what the gender is, allowing the electronic hormones to dictate the use and dominance, then there should not be any prblem between the two.