The Culling of the IQ
I joined OkCupid much on the insistence of a few friends and,
perhaps, a little interest from their blogs (link). Like many other
dating sites, you choose and answer series of questions in order to
find suitable matches. One particular question caught my attention:
the world be a better place if people with low IQs were not allowed
Eh, so we need to stop Idiocracy from becoming reality? The
eye-grabber was the number of women answering yes. Nearly, every
single one of them. Granted, I selected from a small pool so it is
not statistically significant. Still, that is a little scary. And
no, I do not wear a helmet.
Swabbed genders between Gump and Jenny during their love scene. How awkward do you feel?
OkCupid, though not for a while, would mine data from all those question answers and member behavior. The data is compiled into trends and the site founder, Christian Rudde, writes about the findings and provide insights/interpretation. Unfortunately, I've not witness any discussion on the IQ question.
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Why should we care? It is a silly little question with no impact. Not so fast because it is revealing of this perception of intelligence falling and the call for culling the idiots. I will not argue the drop in intelligence but it is not certainly due to IQ. There is a little thing called the Flynn effect: measured IQ over the past century has risen. This led to the led to IQ tests to be redesign several times over the decades in order to set correctly set the default at 100. So if you were take an IQ from the 1950s, you could easily be considered Mensa material.
In older IQ tests would have qualified these two as brilliant as James Woods, Dolph Lundgren, and Asia Carrera
are many theories that suggest the rise of the IQ. More importantly,
this rise does not mean rise in intelligence. There are multiple factors that account for raising IQs, such as improve diets, education at
eariler ages and for both genders, increased skills at test-taking
and we could ramble onwards. Most of all, IQ is a rough measurement
of intelligence and not the gold standard. It is really best
is not low IQs but our perception of the evolution of our culture.
Who of us has not complained about the stupidity of mainstream
culture. Of course, we need find the blame and our scapegoats are
the 'dumb' people flooding the gates. We have gems like Idiocracy to
give life to this perception. The fear/comedy of the film, no doubt
many people feel, is stupidity outbreeds intelligence. To a certain
degree, this is true, yet it is the whole story?
this: who, in America, is considered the smartest man by IQ
standards? Christoper Langan's IQ is measured between 195 and 210.
He has been working on the Unitified Theory of Everything...the very
thing that Einstein could not figure before his death. In Malcolm
The Story of Success,
Langan's background reveals poverty, abuse, rejection, life of manual
labor and damn near the bottom of the social ladder. Until the late
90s, the most attention he received was being a bouncer. Admit that when you read that quick description of Langan's life, you're
thinking he's one of those damn drunks that somehow passes his genes
onwards and bring us closer to Idiocracy.
Langan pondering if he should make galaxies circle around your head
Langan is not the only genius to rise from the rags of the socioeconomic abyss, traditionally thought as the low IQ world. Michael Faraday and Gregor Mendel were both runts of society and only able to become clerks/monks. Benjamin Franklin might be credited with figuring out lightening is electricity but Faraday figured out how to generate and harness it; before the Victorian era. Yes, he was cyberpunk before there was steampunk. And Mendel, the founder of genetics, who reached the magnum opus in his research about 4 years before DNA was actually discovered. Just to note: Watson and Crick did not discover DNA, just its structure and they have wicked PR skills. Guess what? Mendel was a monk from a farming family who funked out of college. No Pissarro family here.
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