Date: Thu, 6 Apr 95 16:35:26 PDT
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: QOSD (Some)
Forwarded-by: bostic@CS.Berkeley.EDU (Keith Bostic)
Bischoff, one of the leading anatomists of Europe, thrived in the 1870s.
He carefully measured brain weights, and after many years' accumulation
of much data he observed that the average weight of a man's brain was 1350
grams, that of a woman only 1250 grams. This at once, he argued, was
infallible proof of the mental superiority of men over women. Throughout
his life he defended this hypothesis with the conviction of a zealot.
Being the true scientist, he specified in his will that his own brain be
added to his impressive collection. The postmortem examination elicited
the interesting fact that his own brain weighed only 1245 grams.
-- Scientific American, March 1992
© 1995 Peter Langston