This speculation was inspired by an economic consideration. If currency as we know it is backed by energy sources, and human social dynamics (as formalized by Goethe and others) can be perceived as “human chemistry”, then couldn’t we theoretically create a currency backed by the energy produced by the reactions of this human chemistry? And who’s to say this hasn’t already been done?
I’m becoming convinced of the existence of eugenic “bubble societies” that form naturally. No grasp yet on the typical size of these groups, but I think this is why extremely prodigious children (five sigma and up) are very, very disproportionately born to international parents (in the last century anyway). Further, these societies seem to be unconcerned to share their breeding and child-rearing methods with plebes like us. Even further, this would explain the preponderance of extreme geniuses at the one-in-a-billion level without resorting to the Flynn Effect (according to Mr. Armstrong’s “test-wise” hypothesis or otherwise).
The existence of these societies could explain a great deal of macro-level historical behavior. It would provide great evidence in favor of the conspiracy theory of history and perhaps explain the tendency of elites to lead the masses by the nose into these mass “sacrificial” events.
Edit: Here’s a useful link. These are just the ones we know about, and due to extreme dysfunction the highest level geniuses (175 and up) have a way of dropping off the map at a rate of 50% or so. Even if true genius IQ were highly environmental, we should not expect to see this many one-in-a-billion geniuses in a mere 500 years.
Edit 2: The statistics predict that people in the 220 range should not even exist (approximating that 100 billion people have ever walked the earth) and yet we have a fairly large pool of candidates, of whom Goethe, Sidis, Gauss, and Da Vinci are particularly robust candidates.