Re: Crank Science?

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Wed Aug 15 2001 - 23:09:14 MDT

Miriam English wrote:

> I supposedly have a very high IQ, but I am in many ways a complete idiot.

Me too Miriam. But consider the physical strength analogy again.
This model has anomalies analogous to the IQ argument. Many of
us could design a physical test at which we would do quite well,
yet we know of other tests that would make us look bad indeed.

Compare me to that 330 pound football player who perished of
heatstroke last week. No one would argue that I am stronger
than he is {was}, however a person of my build does comparatively
quite well when the temperature exceeds 45C. Still there is likely
some means of describing a person's overall strength with a
single number. One might even observe that strength is an
inherited characteristic to some extent.

Most of the arguments against the Bell Curve hold that the
concept of IQ is invalid, that the tests are calibrated off of
each other, etc. Seems to me that IQ is measuring *some*
characteristic analogous to strength of the brain. spike

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