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anon

Actually, doesn't it make more sense that the perpetuation of bad policies, gross lack of foresight and planning, inability to put aside sexual promiscuity or base violent desires, and inability to understand and develop scientific or mechanical innovations, are all due to a low average IQ rather than the cause of low IQ?

In fact, it's becoming painfully obvious to more and more of us who have been raised under the theory of a racially egalitarian utopia that some races have significant disparities in IQ.

Sure, bad policies can hamstring a nation such as China, for some period of time, but sub-saharan Africa has produced no major advances in technology, EVER, as far as I'm concerned.

The best and only thing one could do to bring Africa out of poverty would be to embark on an extended plan to evolve the average IQ, through economic incentives or legal prohibitions.

Pawel

If as a gay (it was really interesting discussion in July) I can have oppinion in the subject of advantages or disadventages of population growth I would like you to compare the number of (70) Nobel Prize Laureates connected with University of Chicago and the number of (5) Polish Nobel Prize Laureates. Think about the contribution of society from University of Chicago (28 000) to the world's science and the contribution of the whole polish nation (40 billion).
I have a severe discussion on that subject few weeeks ago. Why did Poles contribute so little to the world's science, discoveries, inventions, sport and the art of cookery? Large population counts little sometimes (but not always of course).
Unfortunately I was not able to take part in your presentation in Warsaw School of Economics few years ago.

Rick

To Pawel -

I have not followed earlier iterations of this discussion, so excuse me if you were speaking "tongue in cheek," but there are some key reasons why your stylized facts neither contradict the basic argument nor represent "failure" on the part of the Polish people. ///////////////////

There may well be increasing returns in the production of technology from groups of people, but one has to consider the selection of that group. The type of group members will greatly influence their chance of making a key innovation or positively affecting others' production of ideas.

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On one hand, you have the University of Chicago where graduate students and young faculty are selected based on their scholarly potential and more senior faculty are often even brought in having already completed nobel-quality work. This is to take nothing away from the scholarly production at the University, but it is not hard to imagine this selection model producing a strong representation of the U of Chicago in Nobel Prizes.

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On the other hand, you consider an entire country, with its full population distribution. In selecting a comparable group, one must leave aside a great number of people who do not get the opportunity or support to consider such academic pursuits.

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In the specific case of Poland, it would also be useful to think about the impact of certain events: the devastation of the intelligentsia during WW2 would be at the top of my list. There is also no point to discussing the many Polish contributions, but the work of Copernicus and Madame Curie would certainly rank highly.

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Larry

I think that analysis should include some scrutiny of the cretins at the Nobel Committee...

It is a breath of fresh air to read the above about how the world constantly finds more reserves of fossil fuel. Why is this axiom of the past 150 years so little appreciated?

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