Phrenology is back in style

Nazis may not have been moral exemplars, but they did put a man on the moon:

We used geometric morphometrics to determine which facial traits are associated with the perception of intelligence, as well as with intelligence as measured by IQ testing. Faces that are perceived as highly intelligent are rather prolonged with a broader distance between the eyes, a larger nose, a slight upturn to the corners of the mouth, and a sharper, pointing, less rounded chin. By contrast, the perception of lower intelligence is associated with broader, more rounded faces with eyes closer to each other, a shorter nose, declining corners of the mouth, and a rounded and massive chin.

Why perceived intelligence reflects measured intelligence in men but not women
Karel Kleisner, Veronika Chvátalová, Jaroslav Flegr
Department of Philosophy and History of Science, Faculty of Science, Charles University in
Prague, Czech Republic

Only a year ahead of the scientists? Either I’m losing my touch or things are speeding up.

Some other thoughts:

It’s becoming increasingly clear that neanderthal intelligence is recessive in women. As one might expect, white women have retained that quality which benefits them most: beauty. This bolsters my theory that neanderthal intelligence is recessive and extremely robust, having survived the extinction of the species. IQ is highly adaptive in modern life, even if introversion is maladaptive in modern society.

Is neanderthal beauty dominant? It’s hard to say, but it’s probably recessive in the main. It’s competing with melonhead beauty, but daughters of melonhead fathers also tend to have lawyerjaw. Roissy has also mentioned that scalzied fathers tend to have beautiful daughters. Can’t really call this one yet.


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6 Responses to Phrenology is back in style

  1. heaviside says:

    >Nazis may not have been moral exemplars,

    Hey, you’re alienating like half your audience here.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      Lulz. I know you’re being (half) serious, but that shit was funny.

      If you’re looking to recruit me for a holocaust effort, you’re going to need to do a little strategic planning. You hopefully understand how I think by now and you know my ideology. But I think you may have confused my sort of intuition with the usual sort that is susceptible to mimetic bombardment. My kind is input-greedy and adapts by assigning weights to the allowed inputs. My input sanitation is otherwise pretty low. But you’ll have to get me with well-chosen truths (or lies) that I’ll accept and weight highly, where the subsequent reasoning is fairly trivial.

      As an example, note that I became an edenist on the basis of a single blog post by Koanic showing that high verbal IQ often correlates with social dysfunction (at a rate of ~50%). If I assume that as an immutable fact, then the rest of edenism follows.

      • heaviside says:

        Bruce Charlton always said that fascism was a movement of the secular Right, for which I guess a plausible argument could be advanced, but look at the Iron Guard.

  2. Polymath says:

    “We also showed that IQ has no statistically significant association in facial morphology in
    both men and women (at least as it was delimited by the landmark configuration used within this
    study). This means that our raters accurately assessed intelligence from faces of men based on
    visual cues that simply are not explicable from shape variability in men’s faces.”

    Just as I suspected. I would think the two main facial archetypes associated with high IQ are the Amud and the Owl. I judge these mainly by the gaze, shape of the eyebrows and how they meet up with the nose, and of course, socket depth. None of these would show up in their grid models.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      Would you agree with my self-assessment as primitive neanderthal with a little bit of Amud? And do you agree with my speculation that neanderthal traits other than beauty are probably recessive in women?

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