Re: A study comparing 150 IQ+ persons to 180 IQ+ persons

From: Sampo Syreeni (
Date: Tue Aug 22 2006 - 07:56:52 MDT

On 2006-08-22, Ben Goertzel wrote:

> There is a lot of diversity among peoples' cognitive mechanisms.

I'd add that people often concentrate on the parts of cognition that are
not easily changed (perhaps because of locus of control effects). But
there are also tons of easily learnable cognitive habits that can make a
real difference in practice. For example, consciously minding cognitive
biases and logical fallacies, and making a habit of double checking
lengthy chains of reasoning can easily push one's performance past that
of a highly intelligent yet sloppy person, at least in some tasks.

The way I see it, IQ does accurately measure one's raw MIPS, but doesn't
really tell all too much about the software one's throwing those MIPS

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