Re: Risk, Reward, and Human Enhancement

From: Bryan Bishop (
Date: Wed Jan 02 2008 - 21:26:35 MST

On Wednesday 02 January 2008, wrote:
> On 1/2/08, Bryan Bishop <> wrote:
> > Prediction and intelligence go hand-in-hand, so how is a number
> > (IQ) supposed to be at all intelligent?
> Huh? *Within a given context* we certainly can assign a number
> meaningfully representing a point on a distribution representing a
> system's ability to make effective predictions within a complex
> environment.

Then the argument seems to be whether or not the given context of IQ
exams is at all useful. For broader applicable contexts, dealing with
the actual, direct, wet context of the brain itself is important.

> > "Never underestimate the ability of a small group of thoughtful,
> > dedicated individuals to change the world. Indeed, it is the only
> > thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
> Margaret Mead (of Coming of Age in Samoa) was laughably gullible and
> sadly swayed by her idealism. Not a good reference hereabouts.

Really? I've been using the Mead quote for some time now. Should I stop?

- Bryan
Bryan Bishop

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