June 24, 2007
I like strong flavors, intense experiences, and unusual combinations. This may not be your cup of tea, but I enjoy it.
If IQ really correlates with the ability to flourish in an industrial society (and I'm quite prepared to believe that), then it is, as I said last time, a measurement of the ability to navigate paper-pushing bureaucracies — to learn to manipulate arbitrary abstract explicit rules, and to do so on command. Presuming that people who don't manage to pull off at least some minimum level of this make very unattractive mating partners, and so have below-average reproductive success, then those of us in developed countries have spent the last one or two centuries breeding for docility, in both senses of the word.
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If you believe in any kind of evolution, social or biological, there really isn't much conflict in this statement's agreeability. Except with those who don't agree, of course. But, really, you have to keep in mind classes, as well... Which means intellect isn't the only mate-selection criterion, now is it? Industralisation means blue collars as well, and so it keeps other factors desirable. When machine replaces man as the ultimate automaton, screwing the theory of alienation down the hell-hole, and mankind finds some form of inevitable population control, MAYBE intellect will become the sole criterion for the advancement of who so ever wins the race. But I reckon the war won't be over for a long time to come. Or maybe I'm just ranting.
Ranting a bit, but not to excess IMO.
I have some quibbles with the general direction of evolution identified in that piece too, but not a coherent criticism.
One thing that comes to mind is that girls seem to like bad boys. A distinction between mates and husbands has been made. One is for sex and breeding, the other is for long term care and nurturing. The cuckolding rate seems fairly high and constant over deep time.
But are bad boys less docile in all of the senses noted above? Is that genetic? I don't know enough to say. And it may be that these exceptions don't greatly affect the rule, the general trend.
And what about bad girls? Guys seem less scrupulous about where they leave their genetic packages. It's a small investment except where strict accountability is enforced.
I think I'll swim in the shallow end of the pool. I was a bad boy, when I was a boy, so I may not be the best one to reason about this stuff. I may be an evolutionary dead end.
It's us who direct the course of evolution, I'd like to believe... It's a lot better than believing evolution directs the course of our lives. You could take a stand and argue from both points of view, in the end it just boils down to who's the optimist, and who's the pessimist. I'm not too worried about being an evolutionary dead end even if I am one... it's all about desirability. Who cares who wins in the end? I guess the point I'm trying to make is that when everything's subject to subjectivity, you can make whatever you want of it. And I like that thought of that...