[extropy-chat] an(other) Aussie visits Texas
Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
sentience at pobox.com
Mon Jan 29 06:54:21 UTC 2007
Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 12:45 AM 1/29/2007 -0500, PJ wrote:
>>But that's really not an excuse either. Don't forget. 50% of
>>people are below average. THAT'S the truth that's out there.
> True, but I think the practical implications of that mathematical
> truism are not instantly obvious. For a start, people who score
> between, say, 95 and 105 are not especially distinguishable from each
> another in the real world, yet they make up a large chunk in the
> middle of the crowd.
If my vague acquaintance with the present state of g-factor research
serves me correctly, this is not so. 10 points makes a considerable
difference in life outcomes within the 80-120 range.
Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://singinst.org/
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
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