Whenever someone’s talking to me about gender differences, I ask them to estimate–in their own words–the difference between male and female grip strength. Are the distributions about the same? Are they different? How different?
I stopped after the first paragraph (the one that I quoted), made some guesses, calculated a number, then read the rest and was pretty spot on.
So the line of thinking was:
You need grip strength to hang from trees.
You need grip strength in direct correlation with the mass you’re trying to keep on a tree.
Men are 2 meters tall, women are 1.5 meters.
Mass varies with the cube of distance, so women mass (1.5/2)^3 compared to men, or 42%
Then I read the rest of the post and I am embarrassingly proud of how close I got.