I think we all better hope we get germ-line genetic engineering and really effective nootropics real soon now. Because I think I have seen what the future looks like without these technologies, and it sucks.
The paper From Terman to Today: A Century of Findings on Intellectual Precocity does a lot of mythbusting. The recently popular notion that IQ > 120 has little incremental utility is dead false. Even small differences in IQ predict significant differences in creative output and odds of having a top-tier income. Gifted children (and adults)… Continue reading A Century of Findings on Intellectual Precocity: some highlights
I spent 20 minutes under general anesthesia this morning, and had an odd memory afterwards. It was nothing serious – my first screening colonoscopy, things looked OK, come back in five years – but I hadn’t been under general anesthesia in 40 years (since having molars removed as a teen) and I was self-monitoring carefully.… Continue reading Survival mode