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

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Tue Aug 22 2006 - 08:26:02 MDT


On 8/22/06, Sampo Syreeni <> wrote:
> 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
> at.

Not agreed ;-) ... I don't think the MIPS metaphor is useful, but
rather, misleading.... Innate cognitive ability is best considered
multidimensional, and the ability to rapidly solve logical problems
does not adequately measure all these dimensions.

-- Ben G

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