You probably have gone through a lot of theorems in your student life. But have you ever heard of MIT? No, I am not talking about the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, I am talking about a scientific theory named the Male Idiot Theory which is based on anecdotal evidence that states that “men are idiots and idiots do stupid things.”
Though it sounds crazy, scientists have indeed found enough evidence and statistical data supporting the hypothesis of MIT that “men are idiots !”
Before going further towards this staggering theory, you should be familiar with the Darwin Award, which the scientists have used as a great tool to support their theory of MIT.
The Darwin award is based on the groundbreaking theory -“The Survival of the Fittest” which was first proposed by Charles Darwin.
The award is given to those people who have sacrificed their lives in an idiotic manner restricting their genes to pass over their offspring and hence improving our species’ chances of long-term survival.
In general, men are prone to take unnecessary risks. It has been confirmed from the mortality stats that the number of men who died from unexpected accidents, sporting injuries, and last but not the least, from idiotic tasks, is much higher than that of women. This evidence is all consistent with MIT, making it a more reliable and acceptable theory.
For example, When researchers investigated the Darwin award winners more deeply to find out the reasons behind their deaths, they found some of the following stupid incidents –
“a man stealing a ride home by hitching a shopping trolley to the back of a train, only to be dragged two miles to his death before the train was able to stop; and the terrorist who had posted a letter bomb with insufficient postage stamps and who, on its return, unthinkingly opened his own letter.”
Now, some may ask why do men take such unnecessary risks?
Well, according to Dr. William J. Resch, a staff psychiatrist for Ohio Health there are biological, psychological, and social reasons behind that.
As far as biological reasons are concerned, male contains testosterone, a sex hormone, which leads them to take up challenging tasks and demonstrate impulsive behaviors.
Dr. William J. Resch also said that,
“Psychology also plays a role with men more motivated to getting rewards from outside sources, leading to risk-taking. Gambling would be one example of that.”
Furthermore, the competitive mindset among men and the urge to prove themselves as a “superhero” in front of girls sometimes drive them to aggressive tasks resulting in unexpected injuries or deaths.
However, many believe that this theory has some limitations and still needs further investigation.
For example, the engagement of men’s high risky tasks, sports, and to the challenging environment could cause them unexpected, yet idiotic injuries. Another group of researchers also proposed that the rate of alcohol consumption and its effect between men and women could also be a great factor in this regard.
By Shobha Islam || Intern, YSSE