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HBD in Stranger

In the uncut version of Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, Ben the reporter explains to the bimbo nurse:

Also it gives Valentine Michael Smith a wonderfully fine heredity; his father had an I.Q. of 163, his mother 170, and both were tops in their fields.

It is clearly implied that Ben (and thus Heinlein himself who put the words into Ben’s mouth) believes that (1) IQ matters and measure something a lot more important and useful than the mere ability to get high scores on IQ tests; and (2) that it’s a genetically inherited trait, so that if both of your parents have high IQ, you will inherit their high-IQ genes and be smart yourself even though you were raised by foster parents (in this case, foster parents who are Martian).

And Ben’s a reporter too! Does anyone from the mainstream media today believe that about IQ? Why are there zillions of articles in the MSM about the benefits of being born rich and the burdens of being born poor, but not a single article about the benefits of being born with high-IQ genes and the burdens of being born with low-IQ genes? Or about the relatively high (but far from perfect) correlation between having financially well-off parents and high-IQ genes?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 17, 2017 at 10:04 am

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  1. How about the feminist stupidity in that quote? His mother has the higher IQ – somehow a woman manages to have a 170 IQ when women both have lower average IQs than men (about 4 points – and that’s with all the cheating going on in weighting subsections to try to get women as close as possible to men) and a distribution that’s more centered around the mean. That’s without even considering the nature of women and their reluctance to bear the children of men lower than them on any measurement they consider important – like height, intelligence, or income.

    Steve Johnson

    July 17, 2017 at 12:51 pm

  2. “Or about the relatively high (but far from perfect) correlation between having financially well-off parents and high-IQ genes?”

    Far from perfect? Okay, in nature perfect correlations are rare. All living things die. That life to death correlation is perfect. Generally, one would talk about the strength of the correlation. I am going out on a limb here and guessing that the correlation between intelligence and income is very robust. Likely a huge majority of people in each income quintile also have intelligence in the same quintile.

    not too late

    July 17, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    • As I’ve said a zillion times, low IQ predicts poverty a lot better than high IQ predicts wealth.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 17, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      • I know a fellow who married into his job, has no obvious signifiers of intelligence, got a degree from an open admission online college and is forever saying that had his parents had money he’d have attended an Ivy instead of a shitty fake school which was all he could afford. He absolutely refuses to believe that poor but smart kids get scholarships and attend such schools or that if he’d been a high SAT performer some he’d have received a scholarship offer from some reputable school. It’s gotten pretty pathetic.

        In my day all you had to do to get unsolicited scholarship offers was score high and allow the testing service to make your score and profile available to schools. Has something changed on this front since the late 70s?

        Curle

        July 17, 2017 at 9:59 pm

  3. If the Libertarians have their way, someday today’s genius 130 IQ will be the base IQ. That’s what ‘Star Trek’ tried to portray.

    rob

    July 17, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    • “If the Libertarians have their way, someday today’s genius 130 IQ will be the base IQ.”

      Leon Trotsky believed the same thing would happen under full communism.

      Lewis Medlock

      July 17, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    • If Libertarians had their way, the base IQ would be that of the 600 million third world peasants who would flood into the US.

      Mike Street Station

      July 18, 2017 at 6:48 am

  4. “And Ben’s a reporter too! Does anyone from the mainstream media today believe that about IQ? ”

    Its a question, alright. I get the feeling that there is quite a bifurcation between how people really act and their stated heuristics. Journalists are pretty dull but wouldnt they have to notice that someone next to them isnt cutting the mustard? I guess if the unperformed is adopting a grievance attitude that could be helpful is masking a lot of ineptitude.

    Anyway, this reminded by of a topic that came up on EconTalk podcast, which some how got to Sailer:

    Lion o' the Turambar

    July 17, 2017 at 6:29 pm


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