Re: true abundance?

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Tue Jan 30 2001 - 23:05:29 MST

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:
> Samantha Atkins wrote:
> >
> > Thinking is not heriditary and introducing that here is a canard. It is
> > a matter of training and will and basic ability. Only a small part of
> > basic ability is arguably genetic.
> Last time I checked, it was still fifty percent heredity, fifty percent
> environment. That's not a "we don't know", that's a quantitative
> measurement of variance that came out 50/50. IMHO this balance probably
> represents some kind of emergent optimum, like the gender mix.

I think you are confusing intelligence with thinking. They are not at
all the same thing. A very high IQ person raised utterly wrong with
little or no mental stimulation may not develop formal operations
ability by the critical cut-off age. Hence they would never master
certain types of thinking or be able to understand certain subjects. IQ
is only a part of the picture.

- samantha

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