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November 12th, 2009

I recently subscribed to Laura McLay's blog, "Punk Rock Operations Research", and have been quite enjoying it. Today she points out that the statements attributed to Larry Summers (effectively: "girls are bad at math, and maybe it's intrinsic"; this does not appear to be supported by the facts) were not the statements he made (effectively: "boys have higher variability in math ability [i.e., a *broader* bell curve, resulting in more geniuses and more failures], and maybe it's intrinsic"; this does appear to be accurate).