[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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