[ExI] The downsides of high IQ

spike spike66 at att.net
Tue Apr 14 21:50:54 UTC 2015

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On Apr 14, 2015, at 11:30 AM, BillK <pharos at gmail.com> wrote:
> The BBC has an article up
> <http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150413-the-downsides-of-being-cleve
> r>
>>... (The summary is that high IQ doesn't help much. It is a tool that can 
> be used for good or bad).
> --------------------------

>...While the limitations of intelligence in the domains addressed may be
true to a degree, intelligence increase remains a worthwhile cause. I
suggest that the consequences of a less intelligent populace are far worse
than the alternative. Much of the progress in modern life can be attributed
to innovation by relatively intelligent folks. Let's not lose perspective.

Ja.  For those of us who are whatever it is that IQ tests measure (come on,
drop the false modesty, you know I am talking to you) the best thing I have
found is to try to get into a group where you aren't the smartest one in the
room.  If possible, try to arrange a meeting where you are the dumbest.  If
successful, it gives one an entirely new perspective on life.  For me, it
was quite the revelation to discover that I suck.


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