jeovanshadow 2 / 5 Dec 24, 2009 #1Stanford student are widely known to possess a sense of intellectual vitality. Tell us about an idea or an experience you have had that you find intellectually engaging.They strut with lure, speak with charm, and love with passion; girls. Naturally, these possessors of natural elegance are the subjects of every teenage boy conversation and thought. Lately, I've been thinking about why girls think the way they do. Why do girls feel attracted to the high school jock? Through my daily interactions, I began to realize the nature of thought and intelligence in girls. With a copy of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and my friends' honest opinion, I have developed a deeper understanding of how female psyche works.Speaking with my female friends I learned that, at some point in their lives, they wanted to be a princess. Bewildered at their response, I sought for an explanation in Stanford's Encyclopedia of Philosophy. There, I found the branch of philosophy that studies the nature of knowledge, Epistemology. I began to understand that almost immediately after birth; girls are inundated with advertisements and customs that dictate their development. The perfect girl, by society's standards, is found in billboards, television ads, and movies. I thought that most parents guarded their children from such advertisements, until I watched Disney's "Beauty and the Beast". Children's movies have a more profound effect in girls' psychological development and are immune to a parents' radar. My friend, Nancy, confessed that she watched "Beauty and the Beast" multiple times in her toddler years making Belle her idol. Upon analyzing the film, I found that Belle is depicted as a slim, fair skinned, attractive woman with long eyelashes who is at the mercy of a monster. The message that this film, intentionally or unintentionally, delivers is that girls should endure the harsh treatment of men, in hopes of finding something noble in the end.No wonder girls go for jocks. They have been hardwired into doing so. Studying how the human mind works fascinates me, and I find new insight with every person I encounter. Epistemology might not be quantum mechanics, but it certainly takes great thought to understand how the complex mind works.