Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Rob Becker his bringing his "Defending the Caveman" back to DC in what is supposedly the farewell tour for the show. If you are--or have ever been in--a relationship, this is worth seeing.

In short, he explores the differences between men & women and traces them back to to the days when we all lived in caves, kind of like what Osama bin Laden has been doing lately. In many ways, yes, the idea is similar to what was presented in "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus," but Becker first came up with the show some 12 or 15 years ago. It wouldn't suprise me if John Gray was inspired to write his 1992 book AFTER seeing Becker.

For example, he points out that while men speak an average of 2000 words a day while women speak an average of 7000. This much has been proven by studies. He traces this back to humanity's earliest days when the men were hunters and the women were gatherers. And if you think about it, this only makes sense. Men, while on the prowl for prey, had to keep silent to maintain their stealth in order to sneak up on animals. The female gatherers, on the other hand, had to keep yakking in order to scare off potential predators, such as lions, bears, mastodons, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Plus, if a woman hadn't been heard from in a while, it would generally indicate that she had been eaten.

But it can be argued that all these various analyses of male and female behaviors are subject to cultural biases held by the observer. Therefore they amount to nothing more than mere observations and conjecture open to wild misinterpretation. In the end, it's all very unscientific.

Until now, that is. Using recently refined Magnetic Resonance Imaging techniques, researchers have uncovered physical evidence that mean and women do, in fact, have different brains. As a public service, here is a picture of a typical female brain, followed by a picture of a typical male brain.

The male brain

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