Re: Emotional Intelligence Quackery [was Re: Mensa]

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Wed, 11 Aug 1999 18:19:42 -0500

If it comes down to that, I myself have an IQ of only 143. I've always thought of this as my "raw neurons" score - what my intelligence would have been if I wasn't a Specialist. There isn't all that much to support this (except that it *is* what one would expect from the genetic mixing of my parents), but what can I say? I'm a romantic.

Yes, there are all kinds of abilities contributing to intelligence; you can read about some of them in _Coding a Transhuman AI_ or _Algernon's Law_. They just don't have easily understandable, morally significant, and, above all, high-level-recognizable identities like "emotional intelligence" or "ability to work with others".

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
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