People probably think I’m paranoid on the subject. I spend time trying to decide whether I can prove that the people I cyberstalk aren’t plants (like the obvious ones, Alex Jones et al.).
Investigative reporter Marisa Taylor of the McClatchy newspaper group reports that a list of 4,904 individuals who purchased a book, DVD, or personal training on how to pass a polygraph test has been circulated to nearly 30 federal agencies including the CIA, NSA, DIA, DOE, TSA, IRS, and FDA. Most of the individuals on the list purchased former police polygraphist Doug Williams’ book, How to Sting the Polygraph, which explains how to pass or beat a polygraph test. Williams also sells a DVD on the subject and offers in-person training. In February 2013, federal law enforcement officials seized Williams’ business records, from which the watch list was primarily compiled. Williams has not been charged with a crime.
On that note, let’s pretend Tex actually has a clinically tested IQ of 183, as he claims. I have observed the difference between a person like me and a person with an IQ of 100. Hominid theories be damned, it’s like we’re a different species. And this is, what? Maybe a 30-point difference? 35? And the difference seemingly becomes more pronounced as the numbers go up, so that the difference quotient for 70 IQ to 100 IQ is less steep.
Now let’s pretend he’s evil and recall that intelligent people are notoriously easier to deceive. All it takes is a little forethought and you can get them/us to believe all sorts of stuff. Can I fail to be deceived by an evil superintelligence? And do I not believe that such an entity exists, and temporarily rules the material world?
Hrm. It is a good thing I am not generally a confident person.