Saturday, May 31, 2014

Good for a girl

Jeopardy finally has a female phenom to show off;
 Julia Collins can count another "Jeopardy!" victory and another milestone.
The TV game show said Collins won her 20th game Friday, putting her alone in second place for most consecutive non-tournament victories.
....The top "Jeopardy!" player is Ken Jennings, who won 74 straight games in season 21 for a total of $2.5 million in prize money [Julia has amassed about $420,000].
The 31-year-old Collins already has set a record as the winningest female "Jeopardy!" contestant ever, both in money and number of games.
So, if women are as smart as men, why aren't there more of them winning big (and getting rich) on Jeopardy?
The FLUBA Committee on Anything You Can Do... notes that last week [Feb. 2005] the television game show, Jeopardy!, initiated its Ultimate Tournament of Champions to see how last year's millionaire champion Ken Jennings would compare to previous stars. 144 former champions in all will compete.
Fewer than 20% of them appear to be female according to the roster on the show's website.
And, of the seeded former champions (such as Chuck Forest and Million Dollar Master Brad Rutter) only one of nine is a woman. The Tournament's ultimate winner will take home over $2,000,000.
In the recently concluded Battle of the Decades tournament, only 3 of 15 semi-finalists were women, while none of the three finalists were female.

What's Larry Summers up to these days?

1 comment:

  1. Men are motivated to acquire status, power, property, and shiny machines in order to attract and support women. Women in general want children, family, and community.

    Men also want children, family, and community, but they can't do that directly.

    If a woman gives up some part of CF&C to make more money, then what exactly does she want to spend it on that will be as valuable to her?

    It seems reasonable that women on average would not see the point in making great sacrifices for large amounts of money and power. Some do (and more power to them), but on average they seem rationally less motivated to give up the social pleasures of life to buy, say, bigger houses.

    Who would they attract to live in those houses?

    Evolution has selected for different abilities (on average) in men and women, and also for different ideas of what happiness is.