Postmodernism – Right and Wrong?
Postmodernists do not attempt to refine their thoughts about what is right or wrong, true or false, good or evil. They believe that there isn’t such a thing as absolute truth. A postmodernist views the world outside of themselves as being in error, that is, other people’s truth becomes indistinguishable from error. Therefore, no one has the authority to define truth or impose upon others his idea of moral right and wrong.
Their self-rationalization of the universe and world around them pits themselves against divine revelation versus moral relativism. Many choose to believe in naturalism and evolution rather than God and creationism.
Women are quicker than men at carrying out a primitive, "instant
judgement" type of maths, the world's largest mathematics experiment
In the past few years scientists have found that bees, rats, lions, birds and other creatures can keep track of numbers and work out basic arithmetic. Now this fundamental skill has been compared among men and women by @Bristol, south-west England's leading science centre, offering an insight into why girls tend to do better than boys at arithmetic at primary school, and why boys are more at risk of dyscalculia, a basic problem with mathematics akin to dyslexia. The experiment on 20,000 people was developed by Brian Butterworth and his team at University College London, in collaboration with Dr Penny Fidler, @Bristol's neuroscientist.
The results reveal that the brain has two distinct mechanisms for doing maths. The first is the type of instant judgement made when viewing three coins on a table. The viewer instantly knows there are three without counting, an ability most of us were born with. The second type is the maths people are taught, including counting, addition, subtraction and multiplication. Animals also seem to have the first, innate type of mathematical ability - which helps with, say, looking after eggs. The experiment, which involved displays of dots, suggested there are two processes - what is called "subitising", for instant recognition, and counting.
"For one to three dots, but not for four to 10, female subjects were slightly but significantly faster than male subjects," Dr Butterworth said.
"They are the same as males on the counting range."Because our results suggest that there are sex-linked differences in subitising abilities (females are slightly better), the human genome may code for building a specific neural mechanism for subitising."