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  • Anthony

    Maybe a solution would be to come up with some kind of genetic engineering framework to raise the IQs of average people to the level required to work at places like Google. While we don’t yet have bona fide genetic engineering, people of average iq’s can now purchase high IQ sperm and eggs. This might sound crazy, but I believe in what I just said. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about what I could accomplish with a higher IQ. I’d love to have a quant hedge fund, but I just don’t have the required mental horsepower.

    Check this out. You can select by height, level of education, area of education etc. The price for good sperm runs around $800. Eggs, which aren’t sold on this site, are quite expensive. But 50k for “ivy league eggs” would be a lot better than having children who aren’t smart enough to compete in a capitalist meritocracy.

    https://cryobank.com/Search/

    • Anthony

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      • Anthony

        We ought to minimize name confusion (potentially) going forward as I may post just for clarity.

        • Anthony

          Sure. I will identify myself as Anthony number 2 in every post.

          Cheers.

          • Anthony

            A man with creativity. Cheers and welcome back young man.

    • Andrew Allison

      Since you seem able to express your views in simple declarative sentences, I think you should be Anthony Numero Uno. That said, I must take issue with your comment. Surely IQ is innate, and the issue is teaching people how to use their innate capability?

      • Anthony

        Someone with an IQ of 150 could probably learn almost anything worth learning in about a year or two. In contrast, someone with an IQ of 90 might fail to learn skills that are required to succeed even with significant assistance. The economy is ruthless and darwinian, and that reality is not optional. This is not a value judgment. It is a statement of fact.

        • Andrew Allison

          No argument, but that’s not the point. Rather than attempting to breed a more intelligent population (good luck with that), we should be trying to figure how best to utilize what we have. Admitting students half of whom will drop out and half of the rest take six year to graduate with a degree of questionable value and huge debt, for example, is not the way to do this. The tools exist to select candidates capable of graduating in three or four years but are not being used by a post-secondary education establishment intent on quantity rather than quality.

          • Anthony

            One of the biggest problems in America is that high IQ folks, particularly those from non elite families, are not reaching their full potential. In my home state of Illinois, we only have one statewide Math and Science High School. We should have twenty of these schools! I’m sure Illinois is not unique in this regard.

          • Mastro63

            I remember a teacher saying that about half the high IQ kids in our gifted program did not take AP classes – there are certainly environmental factors- tutors really help- for example–

          • Anthony

            Having a low IQ is one of the worst things that could happen to anyone, and at present their are no environmental programs that can produce durable increases in IQ. Fixing this problem is the one of the biggest issues facing the human race.

          • Anthony

            Robert Graham started a movement in this direction while he was alive.

            http://www.npr.org/2014/10/03/353491991/genius-sperm

          • Mastro63

            It is unfortunate- but I suspect that it will be “cured” by selective abortion- unpleasant no matter what side of the abortion issue you are on.

          • GS

            @Andrew Allison: “we should be trying to figure how best to utilize what we have. ”

            Even at present there is not much use for the Bell Curve left shoulder; worse, there will be even less use for it in the future: the threshold will continue creeping to the right.

        • GS

          @Anthony #2: IQ 90 cuts off about 30% of the current US population [and with a severely “disparate impact”, I hasten to add, for the benefit of PC-tarded]. More, that threshold keeps creeping up. IQ 90 was no obstacle for working on a Ford assembly line of, say, AD 1916 – the work was simple enough. IQ 90 is a damn serious [indeed, insurmountable] obstacle for working on a roboticized Honda assembly line of AD 2016 – the work there is much more complex. IQ 90 could be acceptable for the custodial staff there – but how many such custodians could be needed in that plant?

      • Anthony

        He’s a young man who opts not to be despoiled by either your bias or resentments – declarative enough I trust (despite my best efforts, you….).

      • GS

        IQ is about 75-80% heritable. One could play on margins there, but it does not yield much.

    • GS

      @Anthony: “Maybe a solution would be to come up with some kind of genetic engineering framework to raise the IQs of average people to the level required to work at places like Google.”

      I used to work in genetic engineering. What we can do at present is so crude that what you were talking about lies far beyond the horizon of what is currently or foreseeably possible. To get to that point would take at least several generations, and probably longer. And by that time the IQ threshold [of what it would take to work at a Google analog of AD 2150] would again shift to the right, and pretty seriously.

  • LarryD

    The real problem is the upper classes have been “raising the drawbridge” for decades. Their whining about inequality is just cover, they have no problem with inequality as long as they are on top.

  • Andrew Allison

    Good Grief! The sheer lunacy of Lee’s comments it matched by the suggestion that, in the Internet Age, where you live matters.

  • Keith Benbrook

    There have been anecdotal evidence that this game is wonderful for a lot of small businesses with the increase in foot traffic.

    With churches being centers, converts will go to them.

    Museums should be happy that people are stopping by. Even the holocaust museum. Yes they are there for the Pokemon but they will leave with more then digital prizes.

    I need a food truck with wifi and rentable rechargers.

    OLD MEME: gamers need to get out and enjoy the fresh air.

    NEW MEME: gamers need to go back and put their ass back on the couch.

    REVISED MEME: Where there is a massive disruption, capitalist oppurtunities can be found.

  • Gene

    People who unironically use the phrase “late-stage capitalism” are giving you a giant hint, lit by 10,000-watt halogen bulbs: “Not to be taken seriously.”

  • FriendlyGoat

    We don’t need for government to take from the rich and GIVE more to the poor. We need for the government to HIRE the poor (because the metaphorical “Nintendo” isn’t going to going forward). Hire them to do what? The secret here is that it may not matter too much if you cultivate work habits, self respect, sense of industriousness, sense of self support including children actually supported, and mature forward-looking attitude noted in previous generations and bemoaned as lacking now. Whaddaya need done? More games and players?

    • GS

      “Hire them to do what? ” – There are not nearly enough open work slots for ditch-diggers.

      • FriendlyGoat

        Hire them to create or maintain anything filling any legitimate or even half-legitimate need, AND, hire them to keep them busy, happy, supported and responsible. Your ivory tower is not impenetrable by mismanaged herds or mobs, you know? I’m talking about America and other countries taken together.

        • GS

          There is NOTHING there for so many (as there are) of them to do. And what is still left to do we are automating out, so there will be even less of it. The only possible use would be to send them off to some war, as a cannon fodder. And even that is out of fashion.

          • FriendlyGoat

            You are making a practical argument and an impractical argument at the same time. People don’t do “nothing”. They are either adding value to our society or they are actively subtracting value by their antics and machinations. You’re a smart guy and you read the news. We need people finding a sense of purpose in this country and all countries. The cost of ignoring “so many” (as you put it) is too high.

          • GS

            That group is not homogeneous: some in it are gainfully employed, and add value [not much, if you ask me. That’s why they are being automated little by little- cf. the fast food industry]. The others are net parasites.

          • FriendlyGoat

            The goal is to get your “parasites” gainfully employed so they are not “parasites”. We know you’re not gonna do it, okay?

          • GS

            And that you cannot. Nobody can, unless we start an active luddite regress. More, the ranks of parasites will only grow.

  • Mastro63

    Its easy to say “cut red tape with housing”- but that usually means that builders will throw up a bunch of McMansions (or their urban equivalent- which I just bought, full disclosure) and stay away from affordable housing- which has less profit.

    You also don’t want a block burning down because fire and inspections were cut back.

  • Rick Caird

    Never expect good economics, and understanding of business, or workable social ideas from Vox. They have never learned anything from Western Civ (assuming they ever read any). You have to have a pretty empty head and a hankering for far left thinking to even be there.

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