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Tuesday, November 02, 2010


I've long claimed that the average IQ is what it is not because nature can't easily do better, but because better is worse in terms of fecundity. Some would argue that The Flynn Effect contradicts this, but I think the Flynn Effect merely represents a slow upward drift in the evolutionarily ideal (fecundity-maximizing) IQ as the world becomes increasingly technological. (I.e., just because the optimal IQ has been increasing over time does not mean having more than the optimal IQ is not still sub-optimal!) If so, the Flynn Effect may be quite contextual, and could easily reverse under certain political or economic conditions.

This implies that's already happening...

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