[ExI] The downsides of high IQ
anders at aleph.se
Wed Apr 15 08:38:35 UTC 2015
It is worth noting that some of the quoted results are a bit more problematic than they seem in the article. In particular the bankruptcy claim is based on a paper where the conclusion is actually *wrong*: http://www.aleph.se/andart/archives/2007/04/cubic_terms_make_smart_people_bankrupt.html
But the core claim, intelligence is not enough to guarantee a good life, seems right. It does predict better health, longevity, education, salary, long-term orientation, cooperation and so on, and it does *protect* against accidents, being a homicide victim and unhappiness. But that is obviously not enough on its own: motivation and personality obviously has a huge impact.
Still, practical wisdom requires intelligence: if you cannot think well, your thinking will be an upper bound on your wisdom and forces you to remain wise about small, concrete things rather than big and important things.
Anders Sandberg, Future of Humanity Institute Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University
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