1911 Psychoanalitic Congress vs. 1927 Solvay Conference

Freud and Jung are in the center, second row
Freud and Jung are in the center, second row.

While researching, I came across this photo of the 1911 Psychanalitic Congress, and of course immediately thought of the 1927 Solvay Conference photo:

Back row: A. Piccard, E. Henriot, P. Ehrenfest, E. Herzen, Th. de Donder, E. Schrödinger, J.E. Verschaffelt, W. Pauli, W. Heisenberg, R.H. Fowler, L. Brillouin; Middle Row: P. Debye, M. Knudsen, W.L. Bragg, H.A. Kramers, P.A.M. Dirac, A.H. Compton, L. de Broglie, M. Born, N. Bohr; Front Row: I. Langmuir, M. Planck, M. Skłodowska-Curie, H.A. Lorentz, A. Einstein, P. Langevin, Ch.-E. Guye, C.T.R. Wilson, O.W. Richardson
Back row: A. Piccard, E. Henriot, P. Ehrenfest, E. Herzen, Th. de Donder, E. Schrödinger, J.E. Verschaffelt, W. Pauli, W. Heisenberg, R.H. Fowler, L. Brillouin;
Middle Row: P. Debye, M. Knudsen, W.L. Bragg, H.A. Kramers, P.A.M. Dirac, A.H. Compton, L. de Broglie, M. Born, N. Bohr;
Front Row: I. Langmuir, M. Planck, M. Curie, H.A. Lorentz, A. Einstein, P. Langevin, Ch.-E. Guye, C.T.R. Wilson, O.W. Richardson

And then I was sad.

Dammit, I don’t want percentage of women in a field to be an effective proxy for intellectual rigor.

(But I do really want a copy of the Solvay photo for my living room wall.)

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7 thoughts on “1911 Psychoanalitic Congress vs. 1927 Solvay Conference

  1. It makes me wonder. Surely women like yourself are up there in intellectual rigor? Or perhaps you represent the top 1% of women, but the top 1% of men are still a standard deviation higher or something. I wonder. Or perhaps good and insightful blog writing is not a proxy for extremely high end intelligence.

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    • Top 1% of women are plenty impressive, but I think something like the Solvay conference requires being in the top 0.1% or perhaps 0.001% of people.

      I’m not Solvay material, but thankfully I’m not Psychoanalitic material, either 😛

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  2. I don’t want percentage of women in a field to be an effective proxy for intellectual rigor.

    What is, is. If women are not as smart as men (probable), and/or men’s intelligence has a higher standard deviation (certain), then in general it’s gonna be true.

    I am curious why you don’t want it to be true.

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      • The nature of the sexes is such that men either lose big or win big while women stay in the comfortable mean. Hence a greater % of men indicates greater intellectual rigor.

        But consider also the enormous amount of mentally impaired men that is just as prevalent. The amount of battle deaths and men dying because of stupidity is also much higher.

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