Category Archives: IQ

On European Jews (part 1)

Prepare to be disappointed edgelords, my opinion on Ashkenazim (hereafter simply “Jews”) is not far removed from your grandmother’s. The spirit of this post is not at all scientific, but rather a collection of personal and common observations which are … Continue reading

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Wisdom is a system of *correct* mental models regarding the most important things in life

Wisdom is to intuition as knowledge is to learning, and as crystallized intelligence is to fluid intelligence. A mental model has three parts: 1) an object in 2) a situation, and 3) the object’s expected behaviors in that situation. I … Continue reading

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Three high-IQ cognitive modes

The first mode is “intuition”, or “concrete intuition” in Aeolitalk. It is a two-step process of starting from the answer, then applying counterfactual simulation to fill in the details. Counterfactual Simulation is applied imagination: consciously asking a “what if” question, … Continue reading

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Reductio ad absurdum (Updated)

Maybe you haven’t heard of the whole “Eagle Dad” thing yet. Try it out for taste. I’m reserving judgment at present, because the evidence is all premature right now. Reserving it mostly. The most efficient perspective here comes from realizing … Continue reading

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I hadn’t realized this, but it makes a lot of sense in retrospect. It’s revealing that the elite education system has succeeded in fulfilling the dream of “positive eugenicists” such as Sir Francis Galton, who called for society to develop … Continue reading

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Chinese cheating culture

Does that count as alliteration? I’ve been out of journalism too long. Anyway, it turns out that the most successful Chinese students are cheaters. This is a surprise to everyone except people who have actually known any Asian students: In … Continue reading

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Good on you, Google

They’ve made a bunch of fanfare over their new privacy policies, which are eminently understandable and concise, with the effect that two or three people will actually read them. A strange, new idea for lawyers that we proletariat scum may … Continue reading

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Smart people are usually liars

Original content is hard. Where did I come up with all of that energy? Anyway, Ron Guhname touched on a topic near and dear to my heart. In his new book The Folly of Fools, Robert Trivers hypothesizes that smart … Continue reading

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