rooby9, you may be misinterpreting the data. Perhaps having a larger corpus collosum is what makes it more of an effort to focus on a task (for those suffering from that genetic trait), when it is something that comes naturally to others.
Aw, man, I'm boring...I'm getting ads for Tide Pods, a Sears front-loading dryer, and T-shirts. I'm really not that domestic. Really!
Anyways, PHB's statement has a bizarre circular wisdom to it. If one assumes that Dilbert is wrong, then PHB is correct to disagree, thereby evidencing the incorrectness of Dilbert's assertion. (And, naturally, if one assumes that Dilbert is correct, then PHB is incorrect to disagree, thereby supporting Dilbert's assertion...)
@wise, what your secretary may have been referring to is that the corpus collosum - the connecting tissue between the right (spatial) and left (rational, linear) lobes of the brain - is larger in women than men, thus enabling them to more readily do both right and left brain tasks simultaneously. Women can cut up vegetables while having a conversation and more, whereas a man does better when he focuses on a right brain task that he's doing - like running a chain saw - and *not* try to have a conversation at the same time. Try talking to a man when he's busy in the shop and see how cranky he can get... :)
That might go back to hunter and gatherer days, when men as the hunters would need to focus in the hunt, whereas women would need to be scoping out all the terrain while searching for nuts, berries, other plant food. It's also been postulated that the larger corpus collosum in women is why women are often better suited to be shamans than men.
Maybe PHB can look at the lingerie ads on his computer while listening to messages, but if he's looking at VS bras, that might already qualify for double duty. HA. (my bad...)