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    David H. Freedman’s “The War on Stupid People” (The Atlantic) provides a compelling argument that we collectively assign great weight to the trappings of intelligence. Academic credentials, standardized test scores, a professed interest in technology, and even the right kind of physical appearance (glasses, not too athletic) all serve as easily recognizable markers of intelligence,...
  • @Rich
    If only. Looks more like we're going to become Botswana to me.

    Botswana is not that bad compared to most of Africa. They have made something of their good luck. Now Nigeria …

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  • Why shouldn’t people who disagree with this ruling organize themselves for the purpose of overturning it though if you have been waiting that long?

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  • @Epochehusserl
    We need to start a dialogue on overturning griggs vs duke power. The doctrine of disparate impact has to be thrown out. Here is a link to a forum held by Jason Richwine along with Amy Wax and Charles Murray. The social costs of that ruling just prove that the equalist fantasy is just that a fantasy.

    http://www.jasonrichwine.com/2016/09/panel-event-on-monday-september-26th.html?m=1

    I can’t wait until the entire USA rots away due to Grigss vs Duke Power. it’s not just Griggs, its also Kaiser vs Weber but most of all the 1968 affirmative action civil rights law that is ferociously enforced everywhere.

    In perfect tandem with government discrimination against Whites there are the minions of cannibal capitalism determined to replace every American from Doctors to dishwashers with non White immigrants.

    Anyone remember prop 209 1996 in California? We voted to overturn affirmative action in state, county and local government employment and in state of California university and college admissions. The law was upheld by the federal courts in August 1998.

    But the law has been completely and totally ignored because there was no enforcement built into the law. But mostly state, county and local governments and colleges and universities have been able to ignore the law because federal law mandates discrimination against Whites and federal law supersedes state laws.

    And even if we returned to a merit system, the STEM employers would just continue importing Chinese and Indian STEM workers claiming they were more qualified than American Whites. The Food, restaurant, hotel, retail and other industries would just keep using their 800 numbers in Central America and Mexico and bringing their employees in illegally as they do today.

    I have been fighting affirmative action since before the Griggs decision and it is hopeless to fight it legally or with legal means.

    But as I see the black affirmative action morons pouring out of the big federal building a few blocks from my home, I know that with such a federal workforce, it won’t be long before another country, probably China conquers this degenerate country.

    What a system, hire the most unqualified applicant and then when they can’t do the job, harass the other employees and disrupt the workplace as they disrupted the schools they attended, they cant be fired without enormous fines and sanctions by the justice department.

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  • @another fred

    God, America is screwed.
     
    We are witnessing how Rome became Italy.

    If only. Looks more like we’re going to become Botswana to me.

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    Botswana is not that bad compared to most of Africa. They have made something of their good luck. Now Nigeria ...
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  • @bomag
    Good post, but calling out the Jews near the end was a trigger too far.

    Most of my posts call out the Jews for one reason or another…that will never change, unless the Jews change, which ain’t gonna happen. Did you know that in the past 2,000 years the Jews have been forcibly expelled a total of 119 times, from 109 different countries? Bet ya didn’t, didja? You gotta be doing some pretty heinous shit, nation-wide, to be booted out that many times…and that’s not counting the thousands of villages, towns, and cities they’ve been marched out of. Hell, even the Romani Gypsies have only been expelled from one or two countries in their entire existence, and they’re pure organized crime!

    Anyhoo…Jews are bad and I call attention to their wickedness, which makes me a galldern Hero! You should be thanking me! ;)

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  • @Anonymous Smith

    Elements of Eastern mysticism should have some introduction and context in discussions here; otherwise it is kind of jarring.
     
    Oh, sorry, I didn't mean to trigger you bro. I don't have much free time to post stuff on blogs and such. So, I like to get in and out as fast as I can. Aside from the Kundalini, what'd you think of the rest of my post? Pretty fuckin' spot-on, eh?

    Good post, but calling out the Jews near the end was a trigger too far.

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    Most of my posts call out the Jews for one reason or another...that will never change, unless the Jews change, which ain't gonna happen. Did you know that in the past 2,000 years the Jews have been forcibly expelled a total of 119 times, from 109 different countries? Bet ya didn't, didja? You gotta be doing some pretty heinous shit, nation-wide, to be booted out that many times...and that's not counting the thousands of villages, towns, and cities they've been marched out of. Hell, even the Romani Gypsies have only been expelled from one or two countries in their entire existence, and they're pure organized crime!

    Anyhoo...Jews are bad and I call attention to their wickedness, which makes me a galldern Hero! You should be thanking me! ;)

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  • “We all know that light travels faster than sound. That’s why certain people appear bright until you hear them speak.”
    -Albert Einstein

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  • all measures of intelligence are subjective.
    all iq tests are writing exercises, are they not? no practical testing is done, correct?
    how do you give a written test to a masai tribesman?
    how much of a part does culture play in test designs?
    a computer can beat the best chess player.
    is a computer smarter than a human?

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  • @bomag
    Do you know about the Kundalini?

    Just from casual reading.

    Elements of Eastern mysticism should have some introduction and context in discussions here; otherwise it is kind of jarring.

    Elements of Eastern mysticism should have some introduction and context in discussions here; otherwise it is kind of jarring.

    Oh, sorry, I didn’t mean to trigger you bro. I don’t have much free time to post stuff on blogs and such. So, I like to get in and out as fast as I can. Aside from the Kundalini, what’d you think of the rest of my post? Pretty fuckin’ spot-on, eh?

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    Good post, but calling out the Jews near the end was a trigger too far.
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  • Kidding aside, I think the dismal state of our current presidential debates is another indication of the decline addressed here by Baxter.

    All you have to do to grasp this is go back and read the Lincoln-Douglas debates. They were lengthy, deep, well-worded arguments made in front of large, attentive crowds. The modern television wrestling match we call a debate is downright dumb in comparison.

    See for yourself if you haven’t lately:

    http://www.abrahamlincoln200.org/uploadedFiles/Lincolns_Legacy/Lincoln_Bookshelf/Book_chapters/holzer-lincoln-douglas-debates_revised.pdf

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  • I have failed to become an astronaut and land on Mars largely because of the failure of my government to allot the necessary budget, to select me, and to train me for the mission.

    I got my bachelor’s degree though.

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  • “I have failed to complete three different bachelor’s degrees largely because of the energy lost in seeking redress in regard to abysmal staff competency ” – Still in denial, right?

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  • Another factor in any real Flynn effect over the period from the 30s to the 90s could be that it correlates with the maximum degree of “skill” required to operate what had become common machines like a lathe, sewing machine or grader. My mother was of average intelligence but could make a professional quality garment by machine and hand. An even just competent fitter and turner is a very capable individual by a number of intellectual yardsticks.
    Since then automation has increased as well as complexity.

    In regard to the lowering of academic standards there is another operative factor than the ability to conform to bureaucratic and institutional/social norms to get ahead. My own experience is that higher than average ethical standards are a barrier to advancement or success in both academia and business. I have failed to complete three different bachelor’s degrees largely because of the energy lost in seeking redress in regard to abysmal staff competency (and in technical subjects like materials science!) which tuition I resented paying for. In business a low tolerance of corruption among colleagues and regulators is also a career /success killer.

    It’s better to be lucky than smart any day :)

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  • @Anonymous Smith
    Yes, it happened to me.

    Do you know about the Kundalini?

    Do you know about the Kundalini?

    Just from casual reading.

    Elements of Eastern mysticism should have some introduction and context in discussions here; otherwise it is kind of jarring.

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    Elements of Eastern mysticism should have some introduction and context in discussions here; otherwise it is kind of jarring.
     
    Oh, sorry, I didn't mean to trigger you bro. I don't have much free time to post stuff on blogs and such. So, I like to get in and out as fast as I can. Aside from the Kundalini, what'd you think of the rest of my post? Pretty fuckin' spot-on, eh?
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  • We need to start a dialogue on overturning griggs vs duke power. The doctrine of disparate impact has to be thrown out. Here is a link to a forum held by Jason Richwine along with Amy Wax and Charles Murray. The social costs of that ruling just prove that the equalist fantasy is just that a fantasy.

    http://www.jasonrichwine.com/2016/09/panel-event-on-monday-september-26th.html?m=1

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    I can't wait until the entire USA rots away due to Grigss vs Duke Power. it's not just Griggs, its also Kaiser vs Weber but most of all the 1968 affirmative action civil rights law that is ferociously enforced everywhere.

    In perfect tandem with government discrimination against Whites there are the minions of cannibal capitalism determined to replace every American from Doctors to dishwashers with non White immigrants.

    Anyone remember prop 209 1996 in California? We voted to overturn affirmative action in state, county and local government employment and in state of California university and college admissions. The law was upheld by the federal courts in August 1998.

    But the law has been completely and totally ignored because there was no enforcement built into the law. But mostly state, county and local governments and colleges and universities have been able to ignore the law because federal law mandates discrimination against Whites and federal law supersedes state laws.

    And even if we returned to a merit system, the STEM employers would just continue importing Chinese and Indian STEM workers claiming they were more qualified than American Whites. The Food, restaurant, hotel, retail and other industries would just keep using their 800 numbers in Central America and Mexico and bringing their employees in illegally as they do today.

    I have been fighting affirmative action since before the Griggs decision and it is hopeless to fight it legally or with legal means.

    But as I see the black affirmative action morons pouring out of the big federal building a few blocks from my home, I know that with such a federal workforce, it won't be long before another country, probably China conquers this degenerate country.

    What a system, hire the most unqualified applicant and then when they can't do the job, harass the other employees and disrupt the workplace as they disrupted the schools they attended, they cant be fired without enormous fines and sanctions by the justice department.
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  • the importance of intelligence itself, as enforced by social and natural selection pressures, is probably less than it was in any previous time in the existence of the species.

    The post seems quite wrong-headed to me, and I think this sentence captures the problem. The OP seems to be saying, in the post, that fitness (like number of grandchildren fitness) is less positively affected by intelligence now than it was. I buy this.

    The Atlantic article is saying something pretty different. It is saying that income, social status, and general quality of life are more positively affected by intelligence now than they were. This seems obviously true to me. First, for the reasons the Atlantic author lays out: the social stigma associated with being a geek is much smaller now than it used to be (and perhaps it has even become beneficial rather than stigmatizing). It isn’t just glasses and spindliness, either. Quoting from Monty Python is a lot less likely to get you punched or ostracized today than when I was in high school.

    But it is much broader than that. Freedom, in conjunction with lax regulation, puts a premium on intelligence. It isn’t actually a good idea, life-course-wise, to have sex with lots of people when you are young. Ozzie and Harriet is the best choice for pretty much everyone. It isn’t actually a good idea to lease a car, take out a payday loan, run up a lot of credit card debt, move to a vibrant neighborhood, expose your children to people “different from them,” move away from your kin, find yourself, “take care of me,” &c. But the culture created by Madison Ave and Hollywood constantly tells us the opposite.

    Every bureaucratic organization has two different sets of rules: the ones written down for purposes of defending lawsuites and the ones the organization actually runs by. You are useless as a manager if you follow the wrong ones. And, not only will nobody tell you the right ones (except in whispers over drinks), you will be told explicitly and in writing the wrong ones. Dummies have trouble with this.

    When you are living in an Empire of Lies, being smart enough to detect the lies is really important.

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  • @Joe Mack
    The black box of technology slides into more and more of our lives so we cannot repair anything electronic. Coding? Way above 7th grade English.
    But, there is always "drawing."
    What you gonna do when you grow up? "Draw." From 4th graders I know of in SW VA, WVA, East TN and KY. Do not doubt it is the plan for many across these United States, probably spoken in Spanish now as well. White, Black, Brown, happy to be sponges in a society where they will never add a penny of value.
    God, America is screwed.

    Reminds me of a scene from a Cormac McCarthy book, I think it was Suttree but memory may not serve, where a dead welfare recipient’s survivors refuse to report the death so that he can keep on drawing on for them.

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  • @nsa
    Typo, mate. Average Cranial capacity was 1500 cc 10k years ago.....1350 cc now. superscholar.org/shrinking-brain/

    Fair enough. But a group of British researchers found that contemporary British skulls are on average about 15% larger than skulls from Black Death burials and remains from the Tudor ship Mary Rose. The skulls were also differently shaped. This suggests ceteris paribus that contemporary British descendants of Tudor and Medieval Britons are considerably smarter than their ancestors. (W.P. Rock et al. “A Cephalometric Comparison of Skulls from the Fourteenth, Sixteenth and Twentieth Centuries,” British Dental Journal 200(2006) 33-37 cited in G. Cochran and Henry Harpending, The 10,000 Year Explosion, 2009, Basic Books, New York, page 95 f)

    In their book Cochran and Harpending suggest that a diffused, genetically enhanced ability to innovate (I’m deliberately avoiding use of the word intelligence!) increased cultural innovation starting in the late paleolithic and early neolithic among modern human populations outside sub-Saharan Africa. They further argue that such innovation created strong cultural pressures further selecting for the ability to innovate in these populations. They also seem to argue that this type of selective pressure is continuing to fuel human evolution in groups experiencing this type of evolutionary process.

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  • @bomag
    In my case, the Kundalini was triggered through deep, prolonged meditation in the isolation tank.

    That was you?

    Yes, it happened to me.

    Do you know about the Kundalini?

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    Do you know about the Kundalini?

    Just from casual reading.

    Elements of Eastern mysticism should have some introduction and context in discussions here; otherwise it is kind of jarring.
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  • I used to share a house with an elementary school teacher. She had an undergraduate degree in math, and a MA in “education” – but she was as thick as a brick.
    Observing her, I came to understand credentialism as nothing more than a barrier to entry.
    Q: Why must teachers be certified?
    A: To maintain compensation levels, because practically everyone is qualified.

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  • Simple solution: The Boy Scouts/Girl Guides. At least you’ll learn to tie a knot. And socialize.

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  • @another fred

    God, America is screwed.
     
    We are witnessing how Rome became Italy.

    Of course, this had nothing to do with it:

    http://www.livius.org/te-tg/teutoburg/teutoburg01.htm

    The seeds of that were in Rome’s DNA.

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  • @Jus' Sayin'...

    Hominid brain size increased about 8 cc per year from 800,000 years ago to about 10,000 years ago….the peak of cranial capacity.
     
    Wow!!! We've really devolved from our ancestors' peak cranial capacity of 60+ liters!

    Typo, mate. Average Cranial capacity was 1500 cc 10k years ago…..1350 cc now. superscholar.org/shrinking-brain/

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    Fair enough. But a group of British researchers found that contemporary British skulls are on average about 15% larger than skulls from Black Death burials and remains from the Tudor ship Mary Rose. The skulls were also differently shaped. This suggests ceteris paribus that contemporary British descendants of Tudor and Medieval Britons are considerably smarter than their ancestors. (W.P. Rock et al. "A Cephalometric Comparison of Skulls from the Fourteenth, Sixteenth and Twentieth Centuries," British Dental Journal 200(2006) 33-37 cited in G. Cochran and Henry Harpending, The 10,000 Year Explosion, 2009, Basic Books, New York, page 95 f)

    In their book Cochran and Harpending suggest that a diffused, genetically enhanced ability to innovate (I'm deliberately avoiding use of the word intelligence!) increased cultural innovation starting in the late paleolithic and early neolithic among modern human populations outside sub-Saharan Africa. They further argue that such innovation created strong cultural pressures further selecting for the ability to innovate in these populations. They also seem to argue that this type of selective pressure is continuing to fuel human evolution in groups experiencing this type of evolutionary process.
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  • And cultures are usually produced and populated by greater fraction of the stupid stubborness, in all spheres, moral, scientific, social, political, etc

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  • About the supposedly high intelligence that was necessary to be an Appalachian farmer, I don’t buy it. We look at the things they do, not knowing how to do it, and end up thinking it much harder than the things we habitually do. A group of modern Americans looking on a group of hunter gatherers in Africa might think they are very clever in their hunting techniques. But what would the African hunter-gatherers think of our writing system or our cars? They would judge them almost magic, believing the use of them requires great skill, when we know that any idiot can learn them. Once you learn it, it becomes second nature, and you then believe it requires no intelligence.

    The very stupid, the sub-70 IQ, are more likely to survive and reproduce today then they were in the past. But those who are “dumb” but who can still be functioning members of society, those with IQs of 85, dumber 85% of American of American Whites, they would not have faced much difficulty as an Appalachian farmer. Had they starved to death at significantly higher rates than their smarter cousins, the selection effect would have pushed average IQs up over the centuries. The 85 IQ Appalachian smallholder would have lived little differently from his 100 IQ cousin. But today, the same 85 IQ man would struggle in school, he would be constantly reminded of his intellectual inferiority by his poor man’s job at Wal-Mart. Thus, I believe it is correct to say that intelligence matters much more now than it did in the past.

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  • @Jus' Sayin'...

    What does the IQ test measure?
     
    Wrong question! A better one might be with what do IQ tests correlate? Some answers: (1) academic capability [the reason Binet originally developed the concept]; (2) academic success; (3) career and financial success; (4) likelihood of marrying; (5) likelihood of having a successful marriage; (6) likelihood of avoiding criminal activity and legal entanglements; (6) life expectancy at any age; (7) general health; (8) likelihood of avoiding death by accidental means; (9) most cultures have words similar to "smart" and "stupid" cross-cultural studies show that IQ scores correlate well with how people are characterized using these terms.

    IQ is also strongly correlated with biological factors that what we might intuitively expect to be related to efficient mental functioning: (1) cranial capacity and brain size; (2) galvanic skin response, i.e. speed at which neurons pass signals; (3) density of neurons and neuron connections in the forebrain; (4) alleles associated with differential production of fatty acids involved in neuron functioning.

    That's off the top of my head but still a pretty strong argument that IQ is a useful and important measure of something even if we do not know and/or cannot precisely define what that something is.

    That’s off the top of my head but still a pretty strong argument that IQ is a useful and important measure of something even if we do not know and/or cannot precisely define what that something is.

    Intelligence in its primordial concept is

    ”capacity to judge [minimally] correctly” and ALL correct judgments tends to be ”logical” par excellence and at priori.

    This is the core, is the trunk of the tree/umbrella ”intelligence” idea.

    verbal (vocabulary), mathematics and spatial

    the roots of this three extremely important components of human intelligence are

    respectively

    capacity to give semantic understanding/value/order to the reality (what words tends to do associating symbol with real thing) — organize the world

    capacity to measure the proportionalities or quantitative value of the reality (what numbers tends to do, again, associating numeric symbol with real things) — measure the world

    and similar value to the spatial skills

    Capacity to judge correctly is omniscient in every vaguely smart attitude.

    In the same way creativity is

    - capacity to produce novel judgments via correct/useful/logical–coherent way.

    To survive in the forest, to give the correct answers in tests, to flirt with a person, to build something, to understand politics, to develop a good vocabulary…

    but, seems, most of all this skills already have a genotypical/instinctive roots….

    intelligence, without taking into account the rational/morally correct thinking/approach, is the ”best use you can do about what you already have”

    for example,

    if you have a psychopathic brain, the smarter psychopath will use it based on ”correct judgments”, based on this specific context

    ”born that way” … and ”use this ‘way’ by the ‘best’ ways”

    verbal, spatial and mathematic skills are recent cognitive evolutions via cultural accumulation and sophistication and of course they are pretty useful, but the core of intelligence is in the thinking skills, the capacity to judge correctly… it’s hierarchically primordial.

    intelligence can be easily reduced to just one popular sentence:

    ”if you have lemons make a lemonade”

    But one of the most important aspect of stupidity is

    be stubborn when you are not factually correct.

    again,

    commit an mistake one time is normal,

    persist in this error is the true, long-term stupidity… and in ”stable” societies like the modern and developed first world, stubborness is the most popular type of stupidity that people (most of us) tend to commit, what generally in natural world it very likely would mean the death of the stupidly stubborn individual.

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  • @bomag

    The bottom line is that complex societies require a very large spectrum of talents distributed in a wide variety of ways across individuals.
     
    Talent all along the spectrum is being displaced by machines. The repetitive "easy" work is the first to go, but every level is pressured. Will we always need people in economic activity? Maybe. But we might all become rent seekers and hobbyists, just divvying up who owns what machines that do all the work.

    I suspect that even in the intermediate term – say a century or so – you will be right. Unless our advanced Western society self-destructs in some fashion or another.

    Ultimately the only human demand for human labor may be among the elites who are unlikely to give up, without a massive struggle, the unique joys that come from pushing around other higher-order primates. And as the coming tv series, West World, seems to be suggesting, robots well-designed to function as sex toys, masseuses, etc. may be capable of developing self-awareness and their own proletarian consciousness. Here as in so many areas Marx will likely prove wrong and the post-capitalist future will not be a rosy workers’ paradise.

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  • @Jus' Sayin'...
    Intelligence is not always a good thing and society actually needs a distribution of intelligence from pretty damn dumb to Einsteinian in order to function well. I wouldn't want a highly intelligent person checking boxes on the same list of critical checks of airplane safety, plane after plane, day after day, until retirement. The brain of a highly intelligent person is likely to wander if compelled into performing such an almost literally mind-numbingly "mindless" task. Disaster may ensue. OTOH, back in the 1970s, the US Navy learned at a cost of $2 million, that assigning a person who scored exceptionally low on the AFQT to turbo engine maintenance is another recipe for disaster. I'm sure readers can come up with scores of examples from either end of the intelligence spectrum. The bottom line is that complex societies require a very large spectrum of talents distributed in a wide variety of ways across individuals.

    The bottom line is that complex societies require a very large spectrum of talents distributed in a wide variety of ways across individuals.

    Talent all along the spectrum is being displaced by machines. The repetitive “easy” work is the first to go, but every level is pressured. Will we always need people in economic activity? Maybe. But we might all become rent seekers and hobbyists, just divvying up who owns what machines that do all the work.

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    I suspect that even in the intermediate term - say a century or so - you will be right. Unless our advanced Western society self-destructs in some fashion or another.

    Ultimately the only human demand for human labor may be among the elites who are unlikely to give up, without a massive struggle, the unique joys that come from pushing around other higher-order primates. And as the coming tv series, West World, seems to be suggesting, robots well-designed to function as sex toys, masseuses, etc. may be capable of developing self-awareness and their own proletarian consciousness. Here as in so many areas Marx will likely prove wrong and the post-capitalist future will not be a rosy workers' paradise.
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  • @Anonymous Smith
    Good article.

    The Chinese have undertaken a massive study of the genetic origins of intelligence. BGI Cognitive Genomics is currently conducting research into the genetic basis of human intelligence through the study of approximately 4,000 world-class geniuses, those of Asian and White European ancestry. The participants are screened by their scores on IQ tests, SAT's, mathematics aptitude, and, of course, their genetic profile. Some of these people have IQ's so high that they can only be estimated...I read a magazine article some years ago about a Chinese girl who had an estimated IQ of approximately 300!

    No one knows how long this study will take as there are thousands of genes involved in human-level intelligence, but, BGI has more state-of-the-art sequencing equipment in their labs than all the research labs, both academic and commercial, in all of Europe combined. Yeah, the Chinese are hot for genetic knowledge...their long range plan is to sequence every living thing on earth! I would imagine that the Chinese scientists will also be conducting parallel studies into the epigenome of these super-genius phenotypes, as well, since the CRISPR/Cas 9 system can now be modified to enable the study/editing of the epigenome directly.

    Once the Chinese researchers identify the genes responsible for human intelligence they will, at a minimum, be able to do Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis of embryos and screen for high intelligence. A couple would then be able to select the very best, out of hundreds of potential embryos to be implanted. This alone will give the Chinese a huge advantage over those nations that may prohibit such testing based on the Cultural Marxist psychobabble that Western nations can't seem to resist.

    At any rate, it won't be long before we will be able to genetically modify our offspring to be super healthy, super smart, and super good looking...the question is, will the powers-that-be ALLOW us to do it? I hope so. What about those of us who are already grown with our physical architecture now locked in place? We won't be able genetically modify ourselves to be super geniuses, but, we will be able to extensively modify our epigenomes to boost our intelligence by at least a standard deviation. Eventually we'll be able to customize our personal phenotypes to include all kinds of beneficial improvements...even in areas of our spirituality, like, for example, raising the Kundalini (a psycho-spiritual energy that, in most people, lies dormant at the base of the spine). Ordinarily, it takes many years of spiritual/physical practice in Kundalini Yoga (or the like) to trigger and raise the Kundalini energy from the base of the spine, up the spine, and into the brain. In some cases the Kundalini is triggered spontaneously through activities like child birth, deep prolonged meditation, or accidents that affect the tailbone. In my case, the Kundalini was triggered through deep, prolonged meditation in the isolation tank. Spontaneous Kundalini awakenings can have profound and devastating impacts on the individual in whom it has been triggered...it can lead to temporary blindness, severe migraine headaches, personality disorders, and even long-term insanity.

    As I mentioned before, the real question is: will we Westerners be able to study and develop the non-medical technology of human genetic modification for enhancement purposes, or will TPTB prevent us from doing so through legislation and a relentless anti-modification propaganda campaign? I see that this propaganda effort has already begun in the US...and I believe it will continue, and intensify, over the coming years. Why would the Jews allow us to have ready access to a powerful technology that would enable us to increase our mental abilities when they've spent so much time, effort, and money to basically turn us into stupefied beasts-of-burden? Meanwhile, the wealthy will have easy access to the full range of genetic-enhancement services available in countries like Russia, China, et al.; whether, or not, they take advantage of this technology remains to be seen (the minds of wealthy people are just as susceptible to brainwashing propaganda as anyone else).

    We're living in an age of technological wonders, and we will all benefit from it IF we're able to rise up in opposition to Hostile Jewish Elite and seize control of our individual, and societal evolution. The stakes are far higher than most of you realize. If we fail in our efforts to resist the NWO we will find ourselves hopelessly trapped under a totalitarian system of technically imposed oppression that will be unbreakable for thousands of years...if ever.

    In my case, the Kundalini was triggered through deep, prolonged meditation in the isolation tank.

    That was you?

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    Yes, it happened to me.

    Do you know about the Kundalini?

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  • @Jus' Sayin'...

    Hominid brain size increased about 8 cc per year from 800,000 years ago to about 10,000 years ago….the peak of cranial capacity.
     
    Wow!!! We've really devolved from our ancestors' peak cranial capacity of 60+ liters!

    Wow! But also Oops! A good idea to be accurate when picking nits. .

    790,000 x 8 ÷ 1000 = 6320 which is indeed 60+ …. as you said…

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  • @Jason Liu
    Nothing a few wars and famines wouldn't fix, hm?

    You could have a society that cares for the weak, while practicing more honest forms of meritocracy. Such is China, at least for now. The west's coddling of the inferior is purely an ideological phenomenon. That deep-seated desire to portray everyone as equals will eventually have dysgenic consequences.

    Given how delicate our system is, all it would take now is for EBT cards to stop working for about two weeks for a brutal cull to take place.

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  • Good article.

    The Chinese have undertaken a massive study of the genetic origins of intelligence. BGI Cognitive Genomics is currently conducting research into the genetic basis of human intelligence through the study of approximately 4,000 world-class geniuses, those of Asian and White European ancestry. The participants are screened by their scores on IQ tests, SAT’s, mathematics aptitude, and, of course, their genetic profile. Some of these people have IQ’s so high that they can only be estimated…I read a magazine article some years ago about a Chinese girl who had an estimated IQ of approximately 300!

    No one knows how long this study will take as there are thousands of genes involved in human-level intelligence, but, BGI has more state-of-the-art sequencing equipment in their labs than all the research labs, both academic and commercial, in all of Europe combined. Yeah, the Chinese are hot for genetic knowledge…their long range plan is to sequence every living thing on earth! I would imagine that the Chinese scientists will also be conducting parallel studies into the epigenome of these super-genius phenotypes, as well, since the CRISPR/Cas 9 system can now be modified to enable the study/editing of the epigenome directly.

    Once the Chinese researchers identify the genes responsible for human intelligence they will, at a minimum, be able to do Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis of embryos and screen for high intelligence. A couple would then be able to select the very best, out of hundreds of potential embryos to be implanted. This alone will give the Chinese a huge advantage over those nations that may prohibit such testing based on the Cultural Marxist psychobabble that Western nations can’t seem to resist.

    At any rate, it won’t be long before we will be able to genetically modify our offspring to be super healthy, super smart, and super good looking…the question is, will the powers-that-be ALLOW us to do it? I hope so. What about those of us who are already grown with our physical architecture now locked in place? We won’t be able genetically modify ourselves to be super geniuses, but, we will be able to extensively modify our epigenomes to boost our intelligence by at least a standard deviation. Eventually we’ll be able to customize our personal phenotypes to include all kinds of beneficial improvements…even in areas of our spirituality, like, for example, raising the Kundalini (a psycho-spiritual energy that, in most people, lies dormant at the base of the spine). Ordinarily, it takes many years of spiritual/physical practice in Kundalini Yoga (or the like) to trigger and raise the Kundalini energy from the base of the spine, up the spine, and into the brain. In some cases the Kundalini is triggered spontaneously through activities like child birth, deep prolonged meditation, or accidents that affect the tailbone. In my case, the Kundalini was triggered through deep, prolonged meditation in the isolation tank. Spontaneous Kundalini awakenings can have profound and devastating impacts on the individual in whom it has been triggered…it can lead to temporary blindness, severe migraine headaches, personality disorders, and even long-term insanity.

    As I mentioned before, the real question is: will we Westerners be able to study and develop the non-medical technology of human genetic modification for enhancement purposes, or will TPTB prevent us from doing so through legislation and a relentless anti-modification propaganda campaign? I see that this propaganda effort has already begun in the US…and I believe it will continue, and intensify, over the coming years. Why would the Jews allow us to have ready access to a powerful technology that would enable us to increase our mental abilities when they’ve spent so much time, effort, and money to basically turn us into stupefied beasts-of-burden? Meanwhile, the wealthy will have easy access to the full range of genetic-enhancement services available in countries like Russia, China, et al.; whether, or not, they take advantage of this technology remains to be seen (the minds of wealthy people are just as susceptible to brainwashing propaganda as anyone else).

    We’re living in an age of technological wonders, and we will all benefit from it IF we’re able to rise up in opposition to Hostile Jewish Elite and seize control of our individual, and societal evolution. The stakes are far higher than most of you realize. If we fail in our efforts to resist the NWO we will find ourselves hopelessly trapped under a totalitarian system of technically imposed oppression that will be unbreakable for thousands of years…if ever.

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    In my case, the Kundalini was triggered through deep, prolonged meditation in the isolation tank.

    That was you?
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  • @utu
    What does the IQ test measure? The results of the IQ test is the IQ score with the emphasis on the score. The IQ score is all what we get from empirical stand point. But in the text above the IQ score was reified and referred to as just IQ and no longer the score. So what is IQ? What is its ontic existence? What kind of animal is it? To which cage in the Zoo does it belong?

    Can one take a poor IQ test performer and train them to make the IQ test savvy to improve their score? How much their test can be improved. Suppose that Robert Baxter's IQ test score was 107 this year. Can we train him to pass the test at 121 level? Would his writing quality improve? No. If he wants to improve his writing skills he must train writing. His IQ score will not change but perhaps his texts will be more readable.

    What does the IQ test measure?

    Wrong question! A better one might be with what do IQ tests correlate? Some answers: (1) academic capability [the reason Binet originally developed the concept]; (2) academic success; (3) career and financial success; (4) likelihood of marrying; (5) likelihood of having a successful marriage; (6) likelihood of avoiding criminal activity and legal entanglements; (6) life expectancy at any age; (7) general health; (8) likelihood of avoiding death by accidental means; (9) most cultures have words similar to “smart” and “stupid” cross-cultural studies show that IQ scores correlate well with how people are characterized using these terms.

    IQ is also strongly correlated with biological factors that what we might intuitively expect to be related to efficient mental functioning: (1) cranial capacity and brain size; (2) galvanic skin response, i.e. speed at which neurons pass signals; (3) density of neurons and neuron connections in the forebrain; (4) alleles associated with differential production of fatty acids involved in neuron functioning.

    That’s off the top of my head but still a pretty strong argument that IQ is a useful and important measure of something even if we do not know and/or cannot precisely define what that something is.

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    That’s off the top of my head but still a pretty strong argument that IQ is a useful and important measure of something even if we do not know and/or cannot precisely define what that something is.
     
    Intelligence in its primordial concept is

    ''capacity to judge [minimally] correctly'' and ALL correct judgments tends to be ''logical'' par excellence and at priori.

    This is the core, is the trunk of the tree/umbrella ''intelligence'' idea.

    verbal (vocabulary), mathematics and spatial

    the roots of this three extremely important components of human intelligence are

    respectively

    capacity to give semantic understanding/value/order to the reality (what words tends to do associating symbol with real thing) -- organize the world

    capacity to measure the proportionalities or quantitative value of the reality (what numbers tends to do, again, associating numeric symbol with real things) -- measure the world

    and similar value to the spatial skills

    Capacity to judge correctly is omniscient in every vaguely smart attitude.

    In the same way creativity is

    - capacity to produce novel judgments via correct/useful/logical--coherent way.

    To survive in the forest, to give the correct answers in tests, to flirt with a person, to build something, to understand politics, to develop a good vocabulary...

    but, seems, most of all this skills already have a genotypical/instinctive roots....

    intelligence, without taking into account the rational/morally correct thinking/approach, is the ''best use you can do about what you already have''

    for example,

    if you have a psychopathic brain, the smarter psychopath will use it based on ''correct judgments'', based on this specific context

    ''born that way'' ... and ''use this 'way' by the 'best' ways''

    verbal, spatial and mathematic skills are recent cognitive evolutions via cultural accumulation and sophistication and of course they are pretty useful, but the core of intelligence is in the thinking skills, the capacity to judge correctly... it's hierarchically primordial.


    intelligence can be easily reduced to just one popular sentence:

    ''if you have lemons make a lemonade''


    But one of the most important aspect of stupidity is

    be stubborn when you are not factually correct.

    again,

    commit an mistake one time is normal,

    persist in this error is the true, long-term stupidity... and in ''stable'' societies like the modern and developed first world, stubborness is the most popular type of stupidity that people (most of us) tend to commit, what generally in natural world it very likely would mean the death of the stupidly stubborn individual.
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  • @nsa
    Hominid brain size increased about 8 cc per year from 800,000 years ago to about 10,000 years ago....the peak of cranial capacity. In the last 10,000 years, cranial capacity has decreased about 150 cc i.e. about 200,000 years worth of evolutionary increase has been lost. What happened? It's called the agrarian revolution.... the transition from the very dangerous and demanding world of the hunter-gatherer to the less demanding world of farming. It is an established scientific fact that intelligence is directly related to brain size in all hominids.....sorry, negroids and chicks. Think about it....10,000 years of shrinking brain size has resulted in serious DEVOLUTION. If you do not believe it, spend some time wandering around your local walmart.......

    Hominid brain size increased about 8 cc per year from 800,000 years ago to about 10,000 years ago….the peak of cranial capacity.

    Wow!!! We’ve really devolved from our ancestors’ peak cranial capacity of 60+ liters!

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    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    Wow! But also Oops! A good idea to be accurate when picking nits. .

    790,000 x 8 ÷ 1000 = 6320 which is indeed 60+ .... as you said...
    , @nsa
    Typo, mate. Average Cranial capacity was 1500 cc 10k years ago.....1350 cc now. superscholar.org/shrinking-brain/
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  • @bomag

    ...a society where they will never add a penny of value.
     
    As we head into a more complicated machine world, that will more and more be a common fate.

    Will we trend dystopia or utopia? Thieving urchins scrabbling on the edges of machine land, or a well kept leisure class?

    Intelligence is not always a good thing and society actually needs a distribution of intelligence from pretty damn dumb to Einsteinian in order to function well. I wouldn’t want a highly intelligent person checking boxes on the same list of critical checks of airplane safety, plane after plane, day after day, until retirement. The brain of a highly intelligent person is likely to wander if compelled into performing such an almost literally mind-numbingly “mindless” task. Disaster may ensue. OTOH, back in the 1970s, the US Navy learned at a cost of $2 million, that assigning a person who scored exceptionally low on the AFQT to turbo engine maintenance is another recipe for disaster. I’m sure readers can come up with scores of examples from either end of the intelligence spectrum. The bottom line is that complex societies require a very large spectrum of talents distributed in a wide variety of ways across individuals.

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    The bottom line is that complex societies require a very large spectrum of talents distributed in a wide variety of ways across individuals.
     
    Talent all along the spectrum is being displaced by machines. The repetitive "easy" work is the first to go, but every level is pressured. Will we always need people in economic activity? Maybe. But we might all become rent seekers and hobbyists, just divvying up who owns what machines that do all the work.
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  • What does the IQ test measure? The results of the IQ test is the IQ score with the emphasis on the score. The IQ score is all what we get from empirical stand point. But in the text above the IQ score was reified and referred to as just IQ and no longer the score. So what is IQ? What is its ontic existence? What kind of animal is it? To which cage in the Zoo does it belong?

    Can one take a poor IQ test performer and train them to make the IQ test savvy to improve their score? How much their test can be improved. Suppose that Robert Baxter’s IQ test score was 107 this year. Can we train him to pass the test at 121 level? Would his writing quality improve? No. If he wants to improve his writing skills he must train writing. His IQ score will not change but perhaps his texts will be more readable.

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    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...

    What does the IQ test measure?
     
    Wrong question! A better one might be with what do IQ tests correlate? Some answers: (1) academic capability [the reason Binet originally developed the concept]; (2) academic success; (3) career and financial success; (4) likelihood of marrying; (5) likelihood of having a successful marriage; (6) likelihood of avoiding criminal activity and legal entanglements; (6) life expectancy at any age; (7) general health; (8) likelihood of avoiding death by accidental means; (9) most cultures have words similar to "smart" and "stupid" cross-cultural studies show that IQ scores correlate well with how people are characterized using these terms.

    IQ is also strongly correlated with biological factors that what we might intuitively expect to be related to efficient mental functioning: (1) cranial capacity and brain size; (2) galvanic skin response, i.e. speed at which neurons pass signals; (3) density of neurons and neuron connections in the forebrain; (4) alleles associated with differential production of fatty acids involved in neuron functioning.

    That's off the top of my head but still a pretty strong argument that IQ is a useful and important measure of something even if we do not know and/or cannot precisely define what that something is.
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  • The higher the efficiency of technology to do things for us the higher will be the dependence of humans to the machines and the lower will be the imperative necessity to be smart[er]. At priori.

    Seems drive a old car seems more complex/more manual (or Trabant, ;) ) than drive a new model, more automatic/a lot of automatic dispositive. Old cars require more directly intelligence than new cars. (or not).

    Based on this [d]evolution in the future a ”avg joey” (myself for example) will be completely apt to drive a boeing, he only will need learn what the bottom he need to press.

    And the easy to use ”our” technological inventions, we won’t need learn, read the manual, and this may have a impact. (or not)

    Just compare people with 40 year old or more trying to use new technological inventions and compare with facility that children today, many to most of them, have to learn and use it.

    And compare how lazy children today, on avg, are to learn ”old things”.

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  • With some evidence of the Flynn effect having stopped or reversed, the 1930s to the 1980s may have been nothing more than a flutter in the larger pattern of degeneration.

    Flynn Effect has been measured via generations of the same families**

    If avg iq of americans in the 30′s was, ”by today standards” (i never understand it), ~70, so

    iq is even less relevant to ”measure” intelligence(s) than i had thought

    the grandparents of americans are ”retarded”

    but not…

    post modernity idiocy is just a direct degenerative cult than a ”sustainable” old-world idiocy (christianism, conservorism, etc)

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  • Reaction times seems measured PART of genotypical/instinctive intelligence…

    PART…

    again

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  • Hominid brain size increased about 8 cc per year from 800,000 years ago to about 10,000 years ago….the peak of cranial capacity. In the last 10,000 years, cranial capacity has decreased about 150 cc i.e. about 200,000 years worth of evolutionary increase has been lost. What happened? It’s called the agrarian revolution…. the transition from the very dangerous and demanding world of the hunter-gatherer to the less demanding world of farming. It is an established scientific fact that intelligence is directly related to brain size in all hominids…..sorry, negroids and chicks. Think about it….10,000 years of shrinking brain size has resulted in serious DEVOLUTION. If you do not believe it, spend some time wandering around your local walmart…….

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    Hominid brain size increased about 8 cc per year from 800,000 years ago to about 10,000 years ago….the peak of cranial capacity.
     
    Wow!!! We've really devolved from our ancestors' peak cranial capacity of 60+ liters!
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  • in the developed world, suggesting that we process information more slowly than did our ancestors and are, in effect, somewhat less intelligent than were they

    Or also because developed world increased the charge of things we need process in the brain than in the past when people were more practical than theoretical, reducing the ”mental agility”, or not.

    piece and love for all!!!1

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  • @Joe Mack
    The black box of technology slides into more and more of our lives so we cannot repair anything electronic. Coding? Way above 7th grade English.
    But, there is always "drawing."
    What you gonna do when you grow up? "Draw." From 4th graders I know of in SW VA, WVA, East TN and KY. Do not doubt it is the plan for many across these United States, probably spoken in Spanish now as well. White, Black, Brown, happy to be sponges in a society where they will never add a penny of value.
    God, America is screwed.

    …a society where they will never add a penny of value.

    As we head into a more complicated machine world, that will more and more be a common fate.

    Will we trend dystopia or utopia? Thieving urchins scrabbling on the edges of machine land, or a well kept leisure class?

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    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...
    Intelligence is not always a good thing and society actually needs a distribution of intelligence from pretty damn dumb to Einsteinian in order to function well. I wouldn't want a highly intelligent person checking boxes on the same list of critical checks of airplane safety, plane after plane, day after day, until retirement. The brain of a highly intelligent person is likely to wander if compelled into performing such an almost literally mind-numbingly "mindless" task. Disaster may ensue. OTOH, back in the 1970s, the US Navy learned at a cost of $2 million, that assigning a person who scored exceptionally low on the AFQT to turbo engine maintenance is another recipe for disaster. I'm sure readers can come up with scores of examples from either end of the intelligence spectrum. The bottom line is that complex societies require a very large spectrum of talents distributed in a wide variety of ways across individuals.
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  • @Anonymous

    failing to maintain their property: death by freezing, death by fire, or death by disease
     
    By fire?

    By fire?

    A not insignificant number of people die in house fires.

    Gotta keep things clean around the fireplace.

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  • @Jason Liu
    Nothing a few wars and famines wouldn't fix, hm?

    You could have a society that cares for the weak, while practicing more honest forms of meritocracy. Such is China, at least for now. The west's coddling of the inferior is purely an ideological phenomenon. That deep-seated desire to portray everyone as equals will eventually have dysgenic consequences.

    That deep-seated desire to portray everyone as equals will eventually have dysgenic consequences.

    Eventually??

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  • @unpc downunder
    Just how strongly correlated with IQ are reaction times? Common sense would suggest reaction times are more strongly related with temperament. For example, impulsive extroverts tend to be more quick-witted than non-impulsive introverts, but their is no evidence that they are more intelligent. Indeed, one of the negative stereotypes of high IQ nerds is that they are book smart but lack situational awareness, a trait that is, in part, dependent on quick reactions.

    I’m no expert on this, but I think they are talking about different reaction times than the introvert/extrovert kind which are more related to MAO-A and suppression of action.

    Slow reaction times are indicative of attention deficit (adult type, not hyperactivity). In general reaction correlates well with IQ until you get to the high IQ attention deficit types.

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  • @Joe Mack
    The black box of technology slides into more and more of our lives so we cannot repair anything electronic. Coding? Way above 7th grade English.
    But, there is always "drawing."
    What you gonna do when you grow up? "Draw." From 4th graders I know of in SW VA, WVA, East TN and KY. Do not doubt it is the plan for many across these United States, probably spoken in Spanish now as well. White, Black, Brown, happy to be sponges in a society where they will never add a penny of value.
    God, America is screwed.

    God, America is screwed.

    We are witnessing how Rome became Italy.

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    • Replies: @Olorin
    Of course, this had nothing to do with it:

    http://www.livius.org/te-tg/teutoburg/teutoburg01.htm

    The seeds of that were in Rome's DNA.
    , @Rich
    If only. Looks more like we're going to become Botswana to me.
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  • @Anonymous

    failing to maintain their property: death by freezing, death by fire, or death by disease
     
    By fire?

    Why do you think Dubya spent all that time clearing brush on his Texas ranch?

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  • failing to maintain their property: death by freezing, death by fire, or death by disease

    By fire?

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    • Replies: @Alfred1860
    Why do you think Dubya spent all that time clearing brush on his Texas ranch?
    , @bomag
    By fire?

    A not insignificant number of people die in house fires.

    Gotta keep things clean around the fireplace.

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  • This quote from the article.

    But a sentence from his new book is nagging away at me. American blacks, it says, “come from a cognitively restricted subculture”. This is hugely sensitive territory because, while it may be good to say genes don’t make people stupid, it isn’t so good to tell anyone their way of life does. Flynn, however, makes no apologies. “It’s whites, not blacks, who complain,” he says. “Blacks know the score. Facts are facts.”

    Whiny white liberals holding back serious conversation about intelligence because inequality hurts their feels. And Flynn is himself an admitted socialist, saying this.

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  • Nothing a few wars and famines wouldn’t fix, hm?

    You could have a society that cares for the weak, while practicing more honest forms of meritocracy. Such is China, at least for now. The west’s coddling of the inferior is purely an ideological phenomenon. That deep-seated desire to portray everyone as equals will eventually have dysgenic consequences.

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    • Replies: @another fred

    That deep-seated desire to portray everyone as equals will eventually have dysgenic consequences.
     
    Eventually??
    , @rod1963
    Given how delicate our system is, all it would take now is for EBT cards to stop working for about two weeks for a brutal cull to take place.
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  • “While intellectual capacity does correlate to a certain extent with educational attainment, that relationship varies greatly from one major to the next, and to regard level of higher education as a proxy measure of intelligence (and the growth of higher education as a testament to the increasing importance of intelligence on a societal level) is to hazard making at least one of several errors.”

    Universities have lowered their standards considerable and increased their offering of low value/low intelligence classes and courses of study.

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  • Just how strongly correlated with IQ are reaction times? Common sense would suggest reaction times are more strongly related with temperament. For example, impulsive extroverts tend to be more quick-witted than non-impulsive introverts, but their is no evidence that they are more intelligent. Indeed, one of the negative stereotypes of high IQ nerds is that they are book smart but lack situational awareness, a trait that is, in part, dependent on quick reactions.

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    • Replies: @another fred
    I'm no expert on this, but I think they are talking about different reaction times than the introvert/extrovert kind which are more related to MAO-A and suppression of action.

    Slow reaction times are indicative of attention deficit (adult type, not hyperactivity). In general reaction correlates well with IQ until you get to the high IQ attention deficit types.
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  • The black box of technology slides into more and more of our lives so we cannot repair anything electronic. Coding? Way above 7th grade English.
    But, there is always “drawing.”
    What you gonna do when you grow up? “Draw.” From 4th graders I know of in SW VA, WVA, East TN and KY. Do not doubt it is the plan for many across these United States, probably spoken in Spanish now as well. White, Black, Brown, happy to be sponges in a society where they will never add a penny of value.
    God, America is screwed.

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    God, America is screwed.
     
    We are witnessing how Rome became Italy.
    , @bomag

    ...a society where they will never add a penny of value.
     
    As we head into a more complicated machine world, that will more and more be a common fate.

    Will we trend dystopia or utopia? Thieving urchins scrabbling on the edges of machine land, or a well kept leisure class?
    , @Kurt van Ghoye
    Reminds me of a scene from a Cormac McCarthy book, I think it was Suttree but memory may not serve, where a dead welfare recipient's survivors refuse to report the death so that he can keep on drawing on for them.
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