Another melonhead origin theory

An interesting correspondence I found in someone else’s writing.

The melonhead is thus even more problematic in terms of genius. The stereotypical melonhead is an all-rounder: performs extremely well in all school subjects and has a very high ‘Grade Point Average’ as it is termed in the USA. He is excellent at sports, Captaining all the major teams. He is also attractive, popular, sociable and well-behaved.

The melonhead will probably be a big success in life, in whatever terms being a big success happens to be framed (he will gravitate towards such aspects of life) – so he might in some times and places make a good marriage and do a great job of raising a family; in another time and place he might go to a top-notch college and get a top-notch job – and pursue a glamorous and infertile lifestyle of pick-up artistry; with desirable mates.

But the melonhead is not, cannot be, a creative genius. The genius is pretty much everything the melonhead is not. He (or she) is lop-sided in his abilities – truly excellent at some things or maybe just one thing, he is either hopeless or bored by many others. He won’t work hard for long periods at things he does not want to do. He will not gravitate to the prestige areas of life and cannot, or will not, do the networking necessary to get-on.

The melonhead can never be a creative genius because he does what other people want by the standards they most value. He will work harder and at a higher standard in doing whatever it is that social pressure tells him to do – and he will do this by whatever social standards prevail, only more thoroughly. Meanwhile the creative genius will do what he does because he must.

The melonhead will not want to alienate potentially powerful allies. Meanwhile the creative genius is indifferent or hostile to the opinions of others so long as he knows he is right.

The melonhead is great to have around, everybody thinks he is wonderful. Meanwhile the creative genius is at best a person who divides opinion, strongly, in both directions – at worst often a signed-up member of the awkward squad.

This is a quote taken from Dutton and Charlton’s book The Genius Famine from the section “The Head Girl”, with all references to the Head Girl replaced with “melonhead” and a couple of other minor alterations. What’s intriguing about this correspondence is it suggests a natural, Sapiens-based origin story for melonheads emerging from a bubble society of Mandarin “Head Girls” (and Head Girl-leaning boys). This would explain 1) the tendency of melonheads to become high-achieving polymaths (“superstars”, in terms of the three high-IQ types), and 2) the common observation that male melonheads have a strong touch of the feminine in their cognition, and particularly in their social style.

I would expect this to occur in a cro magnon, scaled-up hierarchical civilization rather than a proper “sapiens” society, which tends to be relatively flat, despite sociosexual hierarchy, purely for lack of scale (see Dunbar numbers post).

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7 Responses to Another melonhead origin theory

  1. Julian says:

    I like your coastal Heidelbergensis theory (yours, right?), especially because the tallest Heidelbergensis population was from Southern Africa and not so far from the Boskop skull. Sapiens, Neanderthals, and “Denisovans” are just three strains of a greater Heidelbergenisis hominin category. Maybe a fourth group from Southern Africa became Melons via some selective pressure (sailing/navigation?).

    The Head Girl just sounds like a 115-130 IQ normie with above average conscientiousness.

  2. Obediah says:

    I would actually say that the Edenosphere is characterized by a distinct paucity of “creative genius”, which is offset by a distinct superabundance of “ingenius insightfulness”

  3. Obediah says:

    By “Edenosphere”, I mean “this blog” (along w/ what I’ve read of Charlton’s).

    Extraordinarily and ingeniously insightful–but not particularly “creative”

  4. Obediah says:

    I guess it just depends on how you choose to define “creativity”.

    Most of what I’d consider our current crop of “creative geniuses” have bought into the Globohomo program hook, line and sinker and are currently occupying some position or other inside the bowels of the all-encompassing propaganda machine. Either that or they’re alt-right pepemancers.

  5. Obadiah says:

    >the common observation that male melonheads have a strong touch of the feminine in their cognition

    ^This phenomenon, along with inbreeding, is the burden of all hominids who shoot for quality-over-quantity in their offspring, from the innocent matriarchal purity of the occipital, to the girlish squeamishness of the MT in the face of what is grisly, to the headgirl sarcasti-snark of the Judeo-melonson cosmopolitan.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson comments on this somewhere in “English Traits”, I think.

  6. Obadiah says:

    This theory, btw, is much more likely than the Denisovan-Unified-Mound-Building theory, which is essentially Mythological/Shamanic/Magical in character, makes no sense under rational analysis, and is more valuable as an exercise in the limitations of muh magic counterfactuals than anything

  7. Obadiah says:

    “The melonhead will not want to alienate potentially powerful allies. Meanwhile the creative genius is indifferent or hostile to the opinions of others so long as he knows he is right.”

    In the micro, I’m very sensitive to and considerate of the opinions of those around me, and I don’t want to hurt peoples’ feelings or self-image.

    In the macro, however, “[indifference or hostility to] the opinions of others so long as [I know I am] right” is arguably my defining personality trait.

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