Letter: `Insensitive' boys could be right

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Sir: Your report says a gene has been found which makes women "more ... able to recognise social norms" and includes a quote on how this makes men more likely to be warlike. Let us also acknowledge the more positive aspect of less "socially normal" males, which must include a greater capacity for innovation.

Most great innovations disturb society and it can make life difficult for the inventor (look at Darwin). If you are less able to recognise social norms, you are less likely to follow them. The fact that most innovations have come from men was not just a result of women having less time.


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