beautiful people are more intelligent…

…at least according to kanazawa, altho i’m not 100% persuaded by this latest study he refers to (precisely ’cause of the poss ‘halo effect’ he refers to)…

…but are intelligent people more beautiful?

i dunno about that. just look at the last 10 winners of the nobel prize in physics. smart guys the lot of them. really smart. über smart! but it’s gotta be admitted, none of them are george clooneys or brad pitts:

andre geim & konstantin novoselov

charles kao, willard boyle & george smith

yoichiro nambu, makoto kobayashi & toshihide maskawa

albert fert & peter grünberg

now none of these guys is particularly bad looking, but their looks do not scale with their iqs.

just sayin’.

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dull people…

…find life more dull.

from the gss, ca. 40% of smart people find life routine or dull (1.4% find it dull) while 60% of the dumbest people find life routine/dull – a full 8.7% of them find it dull (remember: wordsum scores serve as a proxy for iq. kinda-sorta.):

more men than women find life exciting (49.9% vs. 44.2%) – more women than men find life dull (5.1% vs. 3.7%):

more whites than blacks find life exciting (47.7% vs. 41%) – more blacks than whites find life dull (7.6% vs. 4.0%):

i find most people dumb people to be dull and try to avoid them at all costs.

see also from tggp: “Intelligent people are bored at work and don’t have much free time”

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you, too, can have perfect pitch!

amaze your friends! astound your co-workers! after just 10,000 hours of listening closely to too many notes you, too, can have perfect pitch!

accurately identify which note a struck bell has played even if you’re only seven years old! Identify the numerical value in hertz of a given note! (wtf?) name that tune in just one note!

all it takes is 10,000 hours of your spare time! (and maybe you could try being a little more east asian.) really!!

(no, not really.)

bonus. bonus bonus.

previously: you, too, can become a brilliant evolutionary theorist!

update: see also “The Talent Debate” and “No You Can’t”

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you, too, can become a brilliant evolutionary theorist!

amaze your friends! astound your co-workers! after just 10,000 hours of thinking about biology reeeeally hard you, too, can become a brilliant evolutionary theorist!

consider (at great length) finch beaks! (huh?) come up with brand, new ideas about selection – naturally! write a lot about topics related to sex! (bonus!)

all it takes is 10,000 hours of your spare time! (and maybe a big, bushy beard.) really!!

(no, not really. hint.)

previously: you, too, can become the fastest man on earth!

update: see also “The Talent Debate” and “No You Can’t”

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you, too, can become the fastest man on earth!

amaze your friends! astound your co-workers! after just 10,000 hours of sprinting around your backyard you, too, can become the fastest man on earth!

be faster than a speeding bullet! more powerful than a really powerful thing! able to leap those really tall hurdles in a single bound!

all it takes is 10,000 hours of your spare time! (and maybe some nominative determinism.) really!!

(no, not really.)

previously: you, too, can become a physics genius!

update: see also “The Talent Debate” and “No You Can’t”

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you, too, can become a physics genius!

amaze your friends! astound your co-workers! after just 10,000 hours of studying physics you, too, can become a physics genius!

uncover the mysteries of the universe for your fellow man! delve into the uncertainties (or not)! find out if the kitteh is alive or dead inside that box!

all it takes is 10,000 hours of your spare time! (and maybe a funny hair-do.) really!!

(no, not really.)

update: see also “The Talent Debate” and “No You Can’t”

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