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Intelligent people have 'unnatural' preferences and values that are novel in human evolution


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Myles

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Wed, Feb 24, 2010, 7:39 pm CST
Correct me if I am wrong - but wouldn't this study also indicate that higher intelligence women should be on average less sexually exclusive? I just think its an interesting point which seems to have been ignored by the article.

Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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Thu, Feb 25, 2010, 10:49 am CST
I don't think they're saying women are less sexually exclusive, just that intelligence makes no difference on their exclusivity. I'm not sure you can accurately compare between the sexes here. I think the researchers are doing a good job of not overstating their findings.
Don

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Sun, Apr 04, 2010, 4:05 pm CDT
I'd say that we are not nearly as intelligent as we think we are and that it's our ego and stupidity that leads to 'unnatural' preferences and values. Also, intelligence is not new to homo sapiens, there is plenty of evidence that we have been having 'novel' ideas for quite some time.
Latis

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Thu, Apr 15, 2010, 12:38 pm CDT
hmmm... well it is an interesting premise but I don't think I buy it.... The statistics are presented so loosely that it is impossible to determine whether there is an actual statistical difference or if the difference is likely due to population variance.

I will note that I am a left-wing person who thinks she is fairly intelligent... so this would be a "flattering" article... but it doesn't make it factual or good science... and in fact to accept a difference of 6 IQ points as statistically meaningful without any information about population variance, sample selection, and other factors such as what IQ test was used would go against what that intelligence says...

To actually be convinced of this standpoint I would require a little more detail... And I'm betting that the difference is pretty statistically small...
Cicero

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Wed, Apr 21, 2010, 1:10 pm CDT
Yeah,I have issues with this. I remember a test they did a while back that was used by the Bell Curve hyposthesis people to say that people of certain races were smarter than people of other races... sounded disturbingly compelling, until a black sociologist came up with an IQ test that culturally deferred to blacks.

Basically, I smell something funny here.
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