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H's brain is apparently bigger than mine...

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spirallinganxiety Wed 13-Apr-16 14:01:39


According to H.

He is better at maths and spatial awareness as well as making/fixing things.

I am better at writing / languages and that kind of thing my empathy/sensitivity/patience is also higher than his.

Still his comment has been rankling all day angry.

IceBeing Wed 13-Apr-16 14:06:27

Well his brain probably IS bigger...but it ain't size that matters now is it?

BevyofQuails Wed 13-Apr-16 14:07:19

Well, it probably is, assuming you are along the average sizes for men and women. Does't mean shit when it comes to intelligence though.

What were you talking about that he came out with that statement? Seems a very childish thing to say.

ILeaveTheRoomForTwoMinutes Wed 13-Apr-16 14:08:30

He must be related to one of these fine chaps

Nabootique Wed 13-Apr-16 14:09:33

By "bigger" did he mean "cleverer"?

IceBeing Wed 13-Apr-16 14:09:50

Oh me and DH compare our mental attributes all the time - usually in a 'I wish I could be as good at that as you are darling' sort of way....but often in a 'if you can't be arsed to think properly about entropy for yourself then shut up about it - STOP trying to use MY brain to do your thinking!' sort of way.

Jellybeam Wed 13-Apr-16 14:11:03

Sounds like he's trying to put you down to feel better about himself. Maybe he's jealous of your achievement.

My ex said something similar.

BevyofQuails Wed 13-Apr-16 14:11:33

if you can't be arsed to think properly about entropy for yourself then shut up about it - STOP trying to use MY brain to do your thinking!

Can't say that's a sentence that's ever been said in our house grin

RedToothBrush Wed 13-Apr-16 14:12:26

What percentage of it does he use though?

Not much by the sound of it.

Sanchar Wed 13-Apr-16 14:13:37

My dh says shit like this too. He says he has a bigger head=bigger brain.

I say he has a thicker skull= less capacity=smaller brain😏

LittleLionMansMummy Wed 13-Apr-16 14:38:18

The computer Charles Babbage invented was as big as a house. In practical terms, it achieved very little compared to, say, a 2016 smart phone. As a pp said, it's not the size but what you do with it that counts.

LittleLionMansMummy Wed 13-Apr-16 14:39:45

Oh but we do have the left side/ right side brain argument all the time.

Mishaps Wed 13-Apr-16 14:42:38

Bigger brain? - more space for shit!

Rubydoobiesmum Wed 13-Apr-16 14:46:18

He is left brained, you are right brained - nothing to do with size.

And remember the smartest man might be smarter than the smartest woman, but the dumbest man is dumber than the dumbest woman.

IceBeing Wed 13-Apr-16 15:05:07

bevy its the kind of thing that gets said when you have two phds in physics from cambridge, and zero ounces of emotional intelligence between the two of you.

TBH we tend imagine couples who have different subsets of intelligence to each other have it easier...but the existence of this thread suggests otherwise.

BevyofQuails Wed 13-Apr-16 15:16:26

DH and I met at university on the same course, but have diverged hugely since then, so our brains work in similar ways, but have very different knowledge bases, which works quite well.

I've never accused him of using my brain to think but I've often accused him of concentrating on making thinking faces instead of actually thinking about the thing I've asked. His mouth is gurning all over the place but I can practically see a thought bubble above his head containing nothing but an ellipsis.

Booboostwo Wed 13-Apr-16 15:28:30

There is no link between size of brain or size of brain relative to rest of body and intelligence. Left/right brain supposed divisions are also rubbish. On the other hand, the amount of pseudo-science you subscribe to is a good indicator of intelligence, or lack thereof.

Zebedee2 Wed 13-Apr-16 15:30:49

IceBeing, if it makes you feel any better, it is precisely the sort of sentence that would have been uttered in this house when DH was still alive.... And yes, 2 PhDs in physics, and both working in the same research establishment!

Joysmum Wed 13-Apr-16 15:33:41

That's true of my DH and I. I'm proud of my skills and don't see it as a put down at all confused

HackedOffWithWork Wed 13-Apr-16 15:36:21

It isn't the size of the brain that matters, it is the surface area. So more wrinkly = more surface area, probably more than a bigger, smoother brain.

Either way it is a crap comment.

TinkerbellaPan Wed 13-Apr-16 15:37:52

Ha! DH sometimes tries the "oh well I'm the one who's better at map reading and directions" thing with me, then I remind him of when he tried to direct me to our hotel near Oxford and we got hopelessly lost and I had to stop the car to get my phone and reroute us.

His idea of directions is "I think this is our exit... Might be... Oh yes it was!" as we zoom past because he hasn't given me time to signal and exit.

I now exclusively use a satnav. He's even shit at reading that for me!! Love him dearly though grin

But yes, brain size means nothing (although I do have a large head and I am VERY clever...)

redexpat Wed 13-Apr-16 15:47:50

Someone at my placement used this while mansplaining why men should be the male bread winners hmm

I told him that it made very little difference as men only think with their dicks.

He was shock for 5 minutes and didn't speak to me again for well over a week grin. It's not actually my view, but I needed to shut this particular guy down. It worked a treat.

LizzieVereker Wed 13-Apr-16 16:03:59

I bet you £1000 my bum is bigger than yours. Doesn't mean my bum is better though. grin

RaspberryOverload Wed 13-Apr-16 16:15:28

I'm trying to remember where I saw an article that basically that while male brains are, on average, heavier than female brains, female brains apparently work more efficiently.

So, size doesn't matter.

Guiltypleasures001 Wed 13-Apr-16 16:18:35

I've always liked

" behind every successful man is a woman rolling her eyes"


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