Re: Delaney vs. Lorrey

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Sun Jun 25 2000 - 14:21:33 MDT

Carl Bonzer wrote:
> >From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>
> >
> >Carl Bonzer wrote:
> >>
> >>PS Eliezer, want to put money on the claim that Brian is an idiot? I'm
> >>serious.
> >
> >I'll put money down right now.
> Excellent.
> Actually, first let me say that I offer this only under the condition that
> it is not illegal to do so.
> Assuming it is not illegal I suggest something a bit different. Michael,
> proving Brian is not an 'idiot' according to the psychological definition is
> too easy, so let's do this:
> I propose a bet that he would score higher on an IQ test than you. Assuming
> you don't think you're an idiot, this achieves the same thing as the other
> bet, but is more interesting.
> Should be simple to arrange. Michael, you and I send say $1000 to someone we
> both trust (Greg Birch, I suggest). You sign up with a professional
> psychologist for an IQ test, Brian does the same, etc., etc. (we'll need to
> hammer out those "etc.s" - verification will be tricky but not impossible).
> Loser pays additional money in the amount of the cost of the test, and
> perhaps some amount for time spent dealing with this.

What IQ test is going to be used? I've done numerous ones. However
Brians status as an idiot or not is not worth $1000 to me, and frankly,
I don't put much trust in the sanity of psychologists, they tend to get
into psychology in order to figure out their own sanity. Every therapist
I've ever known has been more interested in analysing themselves than
their patients. Moreover, Brian's particular brand of idiocy I doubt
very much can be reflected in an IQ test.

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