10 August 2005

Gender matters

Got some Circlesquare lulling away in the headphones… evening pleasure reading on ol' Mmothra's blog led me to this interesting piece (via Wired). Dealing with the little known Princeton Engineering Anomolies Reasearch (PEAR) program, they've been studying the affects of human consciousness over mechanical equipment.

This is obviously interesting, but moreso because I've had a few discussions here and there dealing with the "occult" nature of our genders. It's been my personal observation that, of those that have come unto me and learned anything that may be considered magical, females are more akin to subtle sensitivies, whereas males must work harder but lack the overwhelming lashback of fear that accompanies women's foray into esoteric practices.
Using random event generators — computers that spew random output — they have participants focus their intent on controlling the machines' output. Out of several million trials, they've detected small but "statistically significant" signs that minds may be able to interact with machines. However, researchers are careful not to claim that minds cause an effect or that they know the nature of the communication.

Here, the Wired article comments on this in a manner relative to my thoughts:—
Gender matters as well. Men tend to get results that match their intent, although the degree of the effect is often small. Women tend to get a bigger effect, but not necessarily the one they intend. For example, they might intend to direct balls in the random cascade machine to fall to the left, but they fall to the right instead.

Results are also greater if a male and female work together, but same-sex pairs produce no significant results. Pairs of the opposite sex who are romantically involved produce the best results — often seven times greater than when the same individuals are tested alone. Brenda Dunne, a developmental psychologist and the lab's manager, said the results in such cases often reflect the two gender styles. The effects are bigger, in keeping with what the female alone would tend to produce, but more on target, in keeping with what the male alone would produce.

"It's almost as if there were two styles or two variables and they are complementary," Dunne said. "(The masculine style) is associated with intentionality. The (feminine style) seems to be associated more with resonance."

It's been my experience that guys, when interested in matters of mysticism and magic, pursue it in a diligent, critical way. Developing skills, step by step, they slowly conquer their initial disbelief in the results that, over time, become commonplace — yet occult to those inexperienced with magic. With the women, many who are aware and interested to partake in some trials (most of those I know are in their twenties), and they can easily accomplish these so-called psychic phenomenon much more quickly and with less stress than the men. However, they are afflicted by an emotional lashback, fear that muddies their experience and, more often than not, dissuades them from moving forth with their experiences. This is unfortunate because they need to deal with this fear to really embrace the potential powers that lie ahead of them. And because of this, men seem to have an upper-hand in that those with piqued curiosities move ahead and, at a slower rate, come to deal with the upsets and emotional turmoils that are thrown their way, rather than a tumultous experience all up-front as in many women's cases.

Dunno if anyone out there has any comments or observations of their own regarding any of this?


Kylark said...

Every time I have the tiniest bit of magickal success, it freaks me out. So I find myself going very slowly.

Fell said...

Yeah there is nothing wrong with that at all. In fact, I've only come so far in a decade because of my wariness. The effects of sigils have made me wary to use them and I really only cast, on average, about one every two years. The effects of which I can observe spanning months. However, less phenomenological workings such as evocations are quick becoming a more frequent interest of mine.

It's good that you take it a step at a time, let it all sink in. Men trudge forth faster than women, but they also don't intuit the full extent of the effects of what they're doing. I find it often comes back to smack 'em in the ass at a later date.