Male vs Female Mind

I saw the link over at Technogypsy, but wanted to put this up, because it’s a really really, good description for how guys think differently than gals do, and probably the best description I have ever seen, period, for how guys think… all the way down to knowing that I need to imminently change tracks, but that I’m not yet at the switch to do so.  This is how Happycrow defines “stress.” 

I don’t have empty tracks as often as, say, Technogypsy does.  Maybe I have two tracks, or a track-and-a-half: I actually used to be infamous back in colllege for “hopping back and forth between tracks,” and, sweet, now that I think about it, we actually used the same term.  On the other hand, I also can’t run nearly as large a train as that guy can run on a regular basis, either.  Goddamn.  So, I think the metaphor is sufficiently flexible to handle personal differences within the sex, as well.

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  1. Alex

     /  April 28, 2008

    I’m inclined to agree with the analogy…but I think it describes the untrained Male mind. If we fall into base programming we’ll just do the one track thing but with many trains – but – with training, education, wisdom and experience, you can run multiple trains on multiple tracks without collisions. Instead, a better analogy for the trained human mind (male or female) is a series of agents running different tasks simultaneously while riding the main train.
    If you read the article in this light you can actually see the author doing this during the whole Hot Wheels story. His perception agent picked up on the grumpy guy and then got him to spill his guts and get him to come out and enjoy the evening – and then revel in details while observation agent noticing how the rest of the crowd saw the event. Memory agent helped him pull it all back out later to help him build his point in his story.

    It is very easy for the male to fall into the one track trap – I admittedly fall into it, but most of the time I prefer to have multiple agents working on several tasks: Observation, perception, analysis, ideation, and then the specialized task at hand. Yes – the one main track is always running, but now the passengers on the train are actively doing things at the same time. I will admit though that there are times where it seems like there are limited resources available for those agents, and so some agents are stronger than others for the task at hand.

    So while its nice to say the Male mind helped move civilization forward (especially the hunting analogy) we are far more than specialists just like females are not only Jack-of-all-trade types. Both bring their respective abilities to the table and together they formed civilization. Many ancient societies figured this out nicely that the majority of the population of male and female had things that they were born/bred to do: it was in their genes to think a particular way which is why they got the tasks they did. Those with the trained minds ended up becoming the medicine (wo)men/kings/queens/chiefs/matriarchs, etc. – who pulled civilization together.

    The one comment dead on was grumpiness when the tracks are down for repairs. Nothing frustrates me more than when I can’t get my brain processes in order and I end up sounding like an idiot. Maybe like I am now for all know. But I think the author is missing a bigger picture even though his analogies have some truth to them.

  2. Happycrow

     /  April 28, 2008

    I think you are confusing two things: subject, and application of skill (x) to subject. Try the hop over to Technogypsy for his take on it.

  3. Russ, you can run just as big (dare I say “huge”?) a train as Kevin does — you just don’t. A quarter mile down the tracks you stop your train, pull it off onto a sideline, then go hop into a shiny new train you saw on the way and it’s off on an adventure! Then you remember how much you want the other train to go somewhere, hop off the new train while it’s still blocking the tracks and crank up the original train all the while going “woo hoo, I got trains!” Then the old train is blocked by the new train and instead of merging them into a single, big train, you shuttle them forward until you get exhuasted by them, pull them both off the tracks and zip off in a funk on your hand-car. Then one day you spot a really nifty train….

  4. Anna

     /  April 28, 2008

    Preach it, Brother!!! 🙂

  5. happycrow

     /  April 29, 2008

    Says the anal-retentive who won’t run a train unless the track is at 35 degrees and it’s partly-cloudy with a steady barometer…


  6. Ah, yes, the ad-hominem rebuttal. First refuge of those with a strong counter-argument…. 🙂

  7. Yup yup yup. If you’re gonna diagnose me in public, I’m coming after JOO, 2!!

  8. Mike

     /  April 29, 2008

    I dunno, your plans seem better than mine which consist of jumping on trains, starting them, jumping off, throwing random switches (and stepping on butterflies), and then watching where they end up.

  9. That can be fun too!

    I just had to chime in w/ Russ because the ongoing saga of Russ And His Projects has been the subject of morbid fascination and amusement for years now. Edification too, honestly, as he learns a bunch of neat stuff, but we’re always “hey, why’d he stop when it was just starting to get cool?”

  10. convivialdingo

     /  April 29, 2008

    That’s because when Russ gets to the end of the line, it’s easier to jump trains than to lay new track.

    And yes – I’m guilty as hell.


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