Re: IQ and Genius

Zenarchy (
Mon, 30 Nov 1998 16:09:35 -0800

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <>
>Yes, a famous case. But you'll note that Sidis didn't exhibit any
>intelligence other than that of a modern computer: Eidetic memory plus
>lightning calculator, the stereotypical characteristics that small children
>ask alleged geniuses to exhibit. The moral, maybe, is that if you're dumb
>enough to be taken in by stereotypes and you push your child hard enough,
>or she will turn into a computer at the price of real cognitive functions.

Quite so. Also, at the price of transhuman cognitive functions. <g> --J. R.