The Polgar Prodigies–Is Genius Born or Made

I’m sure many have heard the story of László Polgár, who purportedly raised his three daughters, Zsuzsa, Zsófia, and Judit, to become chess masters, with Judit Pulgar, the most successful of the three, becoming the greatest female chess player in the world. This story is…

HBD-as-Destiny Thesis (part 5 of predicting series)

Pinterest Raises $150M at $12 billion valuation That so obvious, inevitable web 2.0 ‘bubble’ just refuses to burst. Valuations refuse to fall despite so many pundits predicting they would. The past seven or so years, every single thing that the media called a bubble, they…

The importance of IQ

From Vox Day, published in 2012 The importance of IQ: For some reason, the discussion of IQ differences makes people uncomfortable; it doesn’t matter how obviously intelligent one is, people still find it offensive in a way that they never find a tall man being…

The Atomic Bomb as a Hungarian High School Science Fair Project? Hardly

Scott’s latest article, The Atomic Bomb Considered as Hungarian High School Science Fair Project, went viral, as most of his articles do. It’s as interesting dissecting why an article goes viral, than studying the content of the article itself. The title and the premise invokes…

The Inescapable Pull of Biology

This story is going hugely viral: In ‘Enormous Success,’ Scientists Tie 52 Genes to Human Intelligence This comment stood out: Ive known people who were related to certain very famous physicists and their intelligence was obviously much higher than most people. As in very conspicuous….

Another low-IQ country bites the dust

This is pretty funny: Brazil’s real plunges on Temer bribery claims Bovespa joins Brazilian market rout, plunges 10% at open The Brazil ETF, EZW, lost 15% of its value in just a single day, far worse than even the worst day of the S&P 500…

Donald Trump’s IQ is 115

According to Peterson, Trump’s IQ is ‘well-above average’. That can mean it’s as low as 115, or as high as 160. But because he dismisses the latter possibility, it’s probably somewhere closer to 1-2 SD above average (115-130). There are problems when trying to estimate…

Jordan Peterson – Controversial Facts about IQ: analysis

Another Jordan Peterson IQ video: IQ–which is innate, a strong predictor of socioeconomic success, and constant throughout life–is incompatible with the left’s vision of egalitarianism. Because IQ is so impervious to environment, much of the left’s costly efforts to boost achivement are futile. When the…

IQ: More Than a Number, Part 3

Part 1 and part 2 Excellent post at the Slate Star Codex Reddit sub: Since HBD, intelligence, and heritability are such hot issues these days, I think it is worth analyzing why people are so fixated on IQ and heritability. The reason is actually incredibly…