I suppose I was lucky to be in an environment where it was easy to be confident and where you never felt like you were asking the wrong question.
I’m the founder of a bio-tech company that researches new approaches to neurodegenerative disorders.Sapio, which calls itself "a dating app with depth," wants to gives users "a fast and fun way to evaluate potential matches on both brains and looks." Kristin Tynsk, one of the app's co-founders, told the Huffington Post that being sapiosexual isn't just about valuing high IQ — it's about valuing those with the level of intelligence."They’re attracted to someone based on a matching level of intelligence, interests, conversation, drive, sense of humor,” Tynski told the Huffington Post.These alpha types might seek to avoid partners who compete with them intellectually, looking instead for someone to bolster their ego, rather than destroy it.Some might say that I’m one of those women who put off men with my achievements, of which I’m really proud: I’ve published books on the theory of consciousness and the future of the brain.It’s very silly to play the dumb blonde if you are not. Growing up, I was never bullied or ostracised for being smart and a girl.My father was Jewish and I thrived in a community where scholarship and academia were encouraged.Intelligence isn't really something that's easily quantified — plus, some critics have made the claim that sapiosexuality is, well, a little pretentious. Gentlemen might say they prefer brains to blondes, but it seems that when faced with a romantic evening of oysters with a woman who might have far-superior brain power, many would rather pass to spend it with someone with far less mental wattage.I’d be interested to see how such men might handle an intelligent, capable daughter, one who has gained a first-class degree. In my experience, no father thinks their daughter is too clever. Sexism in my own lab is no longer an issue, and I think that is largely because there is a clear generational difference.But in the wider world, I would never wittingly dumb myself down in conversations to appeal to male friends or colleagues.