Re: An essay I just wrote on the Singularity.

From: Perry E. Metzger (
Date: Fri Jan 02 2004 - 15:31:53 MST

Lawrence Foard <> writes:
> On Fri, 2 Jan 2004, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
>> "Ben Goertzel" <> writes:
>> > I don't think there is a correlation between high IQ and psychological
>> > problems.
>> There most certainly is -- people with high IQs tend to have serious
>> social problems. That's not to say I would prefer to be dumber, of
>> course.
> Otherwise known as autistic spectrum. Supposedly an epidemic, in other
> words the idiots in child psychology are finally noticing that nerds
> often share certain characteristics.

It isn't just nerdyness. Asperger's is a real syndrome. Many of the
symptoms, such as body rocking etc., aren't just a question of "being

> Try to find a really good scientist or engineer that doesn't have a
> good helping of autistic traits.

I don't think the Temple Grandins of the world are just nerds, and I
think you're doing them a serious disservice by pretending they might

However, it is absolutely the case that there is a strong correlation
between high IQ and social dysfunction -- and I'm not talking about
Asperger's or autism here.

Perry E. Metzger

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