Smart ain't really smart
Charles Murray, Derb, and Steve Sailer write a great deal about the importance and heritability of IQ, but I am somewhat baffled by their ruminations as to the value of a high IQ.
For example, Al Gore tested twice in high school with an IQ of 133 and 134. C. Murray guesses that George W. Bush is around 120, and mentions in his WSJ article “But if "intellectually gifted" is defined to mean people who can stand out in almost any profession short of theoretical physics, then research about IQ and job performance indicates that an IQ of at least 120 is usually needed. That number demarcates the top 10% of the IQ distribution, or about 15 million people in today's labor force--a lot of people.”
But does anyone at this point actually believe that George Bush or Al Gore is a “smart” man and intellectually gifted? Al Gore is an idiotic moron and Bush, is, well, a rather hapless fool in so many respects.
I’ve met a lot of smart people in my life, but I’ve encountered very few that I thought were wise and full of understanding. Truth eludes the smartest people nearly all the time as far as I can see. In fact, being high IQ smart nearly guarantees that a person will fail to see the truth because it is much too simple for those who pride themselves on their complexity and cleverness. (See Jesus and his advice to be as a child to see the truth.)
Posted on 01/20/2007 1:14 AM by Mark Butterworth