Last post was very abstruse :-P, this time I’ll speak a bit more concretely. The term starchild was coined by Lloyd Pye, and refers to the particular skull. I use it here as a placeholder, signifying the belief that genetic material remains in the greater human gene pool and pops up in occasional extreme cases.
Relatively purebred starchildren like Jack Ma or the African one I was acquainted with are extremely rare, perhaps on the order of one in ten million, i.e. one per metropolitan area. They are also probably the smartest of the edenic types, having the highest mean IQs according to anecdote, cranial size, and encephalization quotient. The latter is because they tend to be very short, averaging perhaps five feet tall with very slight, ectomorphic builds. Their IQ seems to be predominantly due to having exceedingly good memories, approaching eidetic quality. This allows them to absorb entire technical subjects on a whim. Jeopardy! superstar Ken Jennings has some significant SC traits and exemplifies this savant-like behavior.
The predominant phrenology traits to look out for are general neoteny, small facial dimensions (a face that looks “scrunched up”), bat-like ears with detached earlobes positioned very low relative to the eyes, and most importantly large heads with extreme cranial width just behind and above the ears in the region of the temporal lobes.
This must to be disambiguated from the neanderthal’s “en bombe” shape, where the the cranium flares outward in the back. If in doubt, and the other SC markers are absent, assume you’re looking at neanderthal-influenced cranial flaring. SC and SC-leaning faces are very distinctively pedomorphic (baby-like), whereas even infantilized Millenial neanderthaloids have specialized (i.e. “species”-distinguishing) facial features that identify them as adults of their species.
(Pedomorphic members of related species look similar but adults look dissimilar.)
Starchildren have even less shallow charisma than neanderthals, which tends to cause them a great deal of trouble as they’re starting out in life. Jack Ma reports that he once applied to work at a KFC along with 23 other people, and was the only person who wasn’t hired. Having been acquainted with a starchild personally, this doesn’t surprise me at all. They are extremely weird and off-putting when you first meet them.
Notably, they also seem to lack any tendency to aggression (this is another reason it takes them a while to make any money). Insults and setbacks seem to slide off them like water off a duck’s back. This lack of malice or aggression is mediated by their complete inability to give a straightforward answer to any question.
However, intelligence is as intelligence does, therefore starchildren adapt and end up doing pretty well in life. They excel in creating and managing several small tribes and teams of high-functioning edenic types, one or another of which will eventually hit the jackpot. They are extremely empathic and very good at navigating systems and small groups. Particularly, they tend to float to the top in highly technical fields like software, political policy, and petroleum engineering where their IQs and empathic tribe-building pay off the most. Melonheads seem to view their exhaustive memories and small-group social prowess with a mixture of respect and distrust.
(Gingrich is Koanic’s Ur-example and his legendary memory and cranium fit the archetype, but I think his phrenology and personality are big-eye melon.)
Koanic has speculated that SCs tend to be parasites within melonhead elite circles, predating on melons with their intense focus on small-group cohesion. It makes sense, given their ability to effectively read minds, which makes the primary melonhead competencies of propaganda, powertalk, and gametalk impossible. This also matches the holistic impression one gets from the composite image above, which suggests a religious figure within the Vatican hierarchy. This might be best described as “internal politics” or “in-group politicking”.
Starchildren are hard to pin down, but their motivation in life seems to be paradoxical. On the one hand, a SC appears to consider it his life goal to maximize human interconnectivity. On the other hand, they are very quick to talk about their national pride and are intensely interested in their national cultures. Jack Ma never misses a chance to talk about China, and the African SC I knew never missed a chance to explain that “I’m not black, I’m African” and he was heavily involved in the local African music scene.
(I really enjoy this picture :-D.)
The most telling bit of body language is in response to attempted powertalk. They will begin to respond, then pause to give a very brief smile of amused mastery like they’re thinking “oh, I suppose that seemed very clever to you”, then proceed with the response. Their movements are otherwise very graceful and deliberate, as you’d expect with anyone in the upper IQ regions, but also a bit…random. They never seem to know exactly which direction they want to move from second to second, as if they’re decided.
Anyway, you probably won’t ever run into one, but they’re a curious breed regardless. I’d guess that SC genes got into the neanderthal lineage somehow and were actively selected during the ice age as a matter of survival, leading to the gigantic brains and the wandering cognitive style we associate with T-back. (The particular shape and expression of these genes would have had to adapt to fit onto the basic pongid structure.)