Makes sense

It’s the age-old question – whether looks or brains are more important.

And now one study has concluded that while it’s not possible for them to be too physically attractive, men can be too clever for their own good.

Figures from a paper published in the British Journal of Psychology show that women want men to be smart – but not too smart.

The data shows that a man who is more intelligent than 90 per cent of the population is the most desirable, beating out a rival who is more intelligent than 99 per cent of others.

People do tend to get a bit weird once they’re up into that 0.1, 0.001 etc range at the top.

Hmm. Maybe it’s really that they want someone still stupid enough to think that talking about shoes is important?

9 comments on “Makes sense

  1. They want someone clever enough to bring in enough dosh to give them a comfortable life and a whopping divorce settlement when they get bored and fancy the pool cleaner, but not too clever so he can run rings around her.

  2. I’m not entirely sure that simple brain-power helps you to “run rings around women”. Sheer bloody chutzpah, possibly, or loads of experience (neither of which are strongly correlated with brain-power in my anecdata.)

  3. SE,
    “Be polite, be pleasant, but have a plan to deal with every estrogen fueled act of sudden but inevitable betrayal.”

    With apologies to Gen. Mattis. And Wash.

  4. So they found for this survey a usable sample number of women who actually know what they want and (presumably) won’t want more or different once they’ve got it?

    Pull the other one.

  5. So now we know why Gamecock is single.

    “Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.” – H. L. Mencken

  6. Once you get up around the 99.997% mark like me you have to fight them off with a stick.

  7. @ BiCR
    I didn’t notice #1 son having to do so – there was a nice lass he met through the national association for gifted children but in general, no. Maybe you are physically very attractive?

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