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In most of the western world, sex-ratios run about even.

As many women as men are born, and just about as many survive into adulthood.

The ladies at The brought the subject up in a recent survey asking ten different men why so many smart men date “dumb girls.” I was one of the respondents.

Now Nicole Lapin, my colleague here at CNBC, has tried to explain why smart women want to date smart men. The Gloss wanted to know why smart men were dating less intelligent women, while Lapin wrote about why smart women date smart men.

The creation of a “knowledge-based economy” means that those who are more intelligent have an advantage over those who are not.

Increasingly, our society makes it difficult to even earn a decent living if your skills and experiences aren’t especially brainy.

The disconnect doesn’t just emerge from Lapin’s preferences—it’s inherent in the data.Research consistently shows that men have a greater and far less discriminating appetite for sex than women do.To put it differently: when a publication like The Gloss asks “why smart men date dumb women,” it is asking the wrong question.First, we’re not really meant to notice these kind of gender imbalances—unless we’re lodging a grievance against “discrimination.” Second, at its heart it is about, well, matters of the heart—always a sensitive topic and one that many people cringe at exploring intellectually.Third, it’s about sex—something a lot of people are understandably uncomfortable talking about in public.

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