Male Idiot Theory Proven by Research Data

Male Idiot Theory

Data was recently collected by a research group which appears to validate and prove the theory that the male gender is more likely to be involved in behavior which can be classified as idiotic. The Male Idiot Theory (MIT) has been tossed about as a tongue in cheek explanation of why human males often indulge in risk taking adventures. During the past few years, a number of studies have documented significant percentile differences for such things as emergency room visits, hospital admissions and mortality rates due to accidental injuries. These studies have already proven that males have a greater chance of incurring accidental injuries than do females. While some of the injuries may be either due to sports injuries or to the fact that men are more likely to be employed in riskier occupations, questions have been raised about other injuries.

The recent research study has attempted to collect data which has seemingly proven that the Male Idiot Theory does, in fact, exist. The study was an attempt to collect data only about those people who engaged in idiotic risks. Idiotic risks were defined as those risks considered senseless risks having little to no apparent payoff but with the possibility of a highly negative outcome such as death. The research for this Male Idiot Theory study was therefore based on the winners of the Darwin Awards from 1995 until 2014.

The Darwin Awards are bestowed upon those who verifiably show an enormous misapplication of common sense which results in their death even though they were capable of good judgment. In fact, the winners must cause their own death in such an unthinking manner as to be not only termed idiotic but to conceivably relieve the human race of one more idiot while ensuring the long-term survival of the human race and promoting Darwin’s theory of natural selection. The theory of natural selection was coined the “survival of the fittest” by Darwin’s contemporary, Herbert Spencer, himself an evolution theorist.

In the last 20 years, the Darwin Awards Committee has independently verified 332 cases out of the 413 nominations they received. Of the 332 cases, there were a total of 14 awards given to shared candidates, most notably amorous couples. Out of the 318 remaining cases usable for the research, only 36 Darwin Awards were conferred upon females. Mathematically speaking, the 282 male Darwin Award recipients make up 88.7 percent of the total, supporting the Male Idiot Theory.

While the 89 percent total is a statistically significant finding, the researchers concede both the limitations and weaknesses of their study. The Male Idiot Theory cannot be completely proven with this current research data for a number of reasons, most notably the possibility of a reporting bias. It may be possible that females are more likely to nominate males for the Darwin Awards. Additionally, alcohol may play a significant role in events which ultimately lead to the award. If alcohol is shown to be involved in a high percentage of these cases, the statistical difference may be attributable to nothing other than a difference in social behaviors.

While the Male Idiot Theory is supported by the current research data, more studies need to take place before it can be said that the theory is proven. The four male research contributors plan on continuing their investigation of the study and invite other research groups to investigate as well.

By Dee Mueller

The Science Times

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6 Responses to "Male Idiot Theory Proven by Research Data"

  1. Phil Dorrington   December 15, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I think there’s a number of factors there, Most Males largely grow up amongst other Males & society / peer pressure seems to impose a role of being Strong / Macho upon them. Upon maturing I think most Males feel the need to do something heroic to attract a mate, Most Women just seem to have to make themselves available. Sex drive differences, I suspect. (as a couple of the potentially numerous factors)
    I think most Females seem to find it easier fitting in with societies expectations, not sure that’s much of a priority for most Males.
    I’m rather disillusioned with the whole thing myself, plenty of people seem to forget that Natural Selection is a theory. I think there is a fair Random Factor to it myself, quite a few are just in the wrong place – wrong time & forget that none of us are going to “survive” forever. Not even sure the Human Race is something I ought to be investing in, seems rather pointless / meaningless.

    • heyo   December 15, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Hahaha, ^you’re kind of funny. Just don’t invest in the race. Enjoy yourself or die. Pick one, don’t live and complain that it’s awful.

      • Phil Dorrington   December 15, 2014 at 11:03 pm

        Thanks for the advice, don’t get a job at a suicide hotline now, will ya? 🙂

    • tuesdaydangergirl   December 16, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      I’m sure that there IS quite a large random factor to mortality but the Darwin Awards are given out to those who make stunningly poor choices that result in their death. While Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection is just that, a theory, it also does hold some merit.

      Being female, I’m not sure that I’ve seen males doing heroic things to attract a mate but I do believe that they are generally more likely to indulge in risky behaviors. You see more male race car drivers, more male stuntmen, more male extreme sport enthusiasts, etc. Some of that might be their subconscious drive to be the best in order to attract the best mate but I don’t know. I’m not really one to conform to society’s rules, anyway.

      As for investing in the Human Race? I think you should. There are an awful lot of bad, mean, and misdirected people in the world but that doesn’t mean you should give up. The more we can offset the bad by providing kindness, understanding, and love, the better off the human race will be as a whole. There are, and have been, plenty of wonderful people populating this planet. I have no absolute idea of whether there is any point or meaning to it all, but I like to believe so. I can only tell you that if you try to be the best person you can and accept that the only person you have control over is yourself, than you may be happier for your duration on this planet.


      • Phil Dorrington   December 17, 2014 at 7:58 pm

        Thanks for the more encouraging reply than pretty much “just kill yourself already” well it just seems to me that life is about acknowledging & managing risk, not really trying to eliminate it completely. Some people try & call me an idiot for going Scuba Diving, with the small risk of being eaten by a Shark, 🙂 smaller than the risk of dying in a car accident on my way to work one day, so if i’m willing to risk driving to work & back every day, why not Diving?
        Though I may also be a bit of an Adrenaline junky, being honest, life seems pretty dull quite frequently without some excitement.
        You haven’t noticed guys doing heroic things to impress good looking Women? There is a bit of a “play it cool / hard to get” thing going on too.

      • Phil Dorrington   December 17, 2014 at 8:03 pm

        Not being very happy if not doing the best we can? could well be right, might be able to fool others but never really ourselves. Though we can expect too much from ourselves, also & never be happy with what we achieve. Think it’s about finding a balance “Sustainability”


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