Thursday, May 17, 2007

A Diatribe on the Nature of Intellect, and A Method With Which One Can Answer the Query, "Do Lycanthropes Possess Testes?"

Lately, most of my time is taken up reading for comprehensive exams. One of the topics I'm studying is intelligence. An interesting finding in this field is that raw IQ scores have been increasing over the last few decades; this is known as the "Flynn effect", named after its main discoverer. There is some confusion over whether this is a superficial increase in IQ test scores, or a real increase in what they are meant to measure (i.e., intelligence). This leads to the following awesome quote from one of my books:

"Flynn argues that if the intergenerational gain in IQ scores were "real" (i.e. reflected g), the real-life consequences would be conspicuous. For example, the younger generation with average IQs would perceive their parents and grandparents as intellectually dull or borderline retarded. Flynn even suggests that baseball and cricket fans of two or three generations past wouldn't have had enough intelligence to understand the rules of the game."

I just find it hilarious to imagine every kid in the world coming to realize that their parents are dumber than they are. They'd get together in the playground and swap stories about how their dad couldn't find Africa on a map, or their mom gave $30 as a 15% tip on a $100 restaurant bill. "I swear," they'd say, "my parents are borderline retarded." Then dad would take his son to the ball game, and be all like "Wha? Why'd he just swing at the ball with that there stick? Who's them guys with the mitts? What's going on, son?", eating a hot dog and drooling the entire time.

But hey, maybe it's not so far fetched. If 80s movies and South Park have taught me anything, it's that kids are the only ones who really know what's going on. If Dracula and the Wolfman tried to take over the world, it would be kids who would have to stop them, and not their borderline retarded parents.

P.S. Monster Squad is finally coming out on DVD!!!!

P.P.S. The quote is from Arthur Jensen's "The g Factor", p. 329.


madamerouge said...

dat gurl's t-shirt haz a spellin miss steak

I just Googled lycanthropes and I still don't know what they are. If I had to hazard a guess... are they from Dungeons & Dragons?

Nölff said...

People don't watch baseball, they just go for the hot dogs and beer.

My parents really are dumber than I am, and I'm pretty dumb.

My granma tries to change the channel on the computer with a mouse, but can't figure out how.

Jennifer said...

I'd be willing to bet my kid is smarter than me. But only one of them so far! Maybe I should stop having them so when they figure it out and gang up on me it won't be so bad.

Jason said...

I refuse to let any modern electrical device stump me, let alone flash "12:00."

As soon as you do, you've lost the battle.

MitZZee said...


Butchieboy said...

Yes. I need that shirt, also. LOL they spelled retardid wrong on purpose!

Salem said...

Your Scooby-Doo theory seems to go against the Flynn-effect.

Salem said...

look how much smarter they've become.

Jack said...

Heh, heh. Wolfman has nards.

Crowbard said...

Perhaps it was not kids who created 80s movies and South Park?
But you are correct about the kids having to stop Drac and Wolfie - who else would be stupid enough to die for their society - it's always the kids who get blown away, at Ypres, Omaha Beach, Nam, Korea.