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Income, IQ, and Effort
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson

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Posted By:magnante, 12/1/2013 10:18:30 AM

Liberal media bon pensants are in a huff over remarks delivered by London´s Mayor Boris Johnson suggesting that IQ and effort have something to do with income. (snip) Britain´s Guardian, which regards itself as the leading organ of the left wing intelligentsia, busied itself ginning up an editorial pretending that Johnson is probably a racist: [Johnson used] a bizarre metaphor - "The harder you shake the pack, the easier it will be for some cornflakes to get to the top" - which was likely designed to confuse with colour, and make sure that this ambitious politician didn´t say too much.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: chance_232, 12/1/2013 10:38:55 AM     (No. 9635741)

IQ is not a guarantee of success. And its no substitute for ambition, dedication, hard work, personality and common sense. IQ is a measurement of one´s ability to retain knowledge. It is not a measurement of one´s ability to apply knowledge.

Frankly, some of the "smartest" people that I know are walking morons. Sure, they can regurgitate facts, but are incapable of simple concepts like common sense and cause and effect. Many "smart" people lack patience and empathy with others. And its the lack of the attributes that cause so many "smart" liberals to dictate and belittle. Smart people are often frustrated that others just cant seem to grasp what is so obvious to them .... regardless how right or wrong their positions and beliefs are. Further, IQ is not a measurement of how "right" someone is, but in their ability to regurgitate back what is the "accepted" correct answer.



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Reply 2 - Posted by: southron, 12/1/2013 11:40:59 AM     (No. 9635805)

I think the point Johnson was trying to make is that achievement is largely the result of individual abilities and effort expended - a "cruel society" that prevents people from achieving is a phony cause leftist politicians use in order to justify more government programs and more government control over individuals.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mc squared, 12/1/2013 12:11:50 PM     (No. 9635849)

Low IQ isn´t necessarily indicative of failure.
Consider Hollywood and the whole entertainment industry.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: RUReadyY3K, 12/1/2013 12:20:05 PM     (No. 9635858)

Not sure about the importance of IQ vs effort. I think motivation and effort trump IQ. I echo the comments of #1. I had several Mensa members work for me over the years. Although everyone said how smart they were, I could find no evidence in their work results (software engineering) and thus were not sufficiently rewarded for them to stay around. Message sent and received.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: 4justice, 12/1/2013 1:58:07 PM     (No. 9635969)

There are a lot of factors...yes, IQ and effort are important, but there is luck, timing, making the right choices, and knowing people, having good people skills, being creative, determination, etc.There is no one way to success. But you have to also be able to live with yourself too.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: faith_and_reason, 12/1/2013 3:25:01 PM     (No. 9636034)

#1 wrote: "IQ is a measurement of one´s ability to retain knowledge. It is not a measurement of one´s ability to apply knowledge."

That is a common belief about IQ measurement. But actual IQ testing is quite different.

The ability to draw correct conclusions, i.e., "to apply knowledge" in a given scenario is the main thing measured in such testing. The ability to discern and reason from subtleties of language is another aspect.

There is a high correlation between measured IQ and income. Other major contributors to income (and to life success, in general) are perseverance, intensity of focus and ability to interact constructively with a team.

By the way, whether we like it or not, some of these also correlate with gender, with race, with the religious tradition we are born into, and several other politically incorrect categories.

But competence is not character, and none of these attributes can make a person morally superior to another, or more worthy of such honor.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 12/1/2013 3:38:58 PM     (No. 9636046)

if memory serves, and I think it does, by several studies, I.Q. is the best single predictor of success in any field.
All other things being equal, in other words.
A farmer with a 110 IQ will probably be more successful at farming than the neighbor with one of 90. (and I have NEVER met a farmer I´d call stupid. Or lazy.)
Same for insurance salesmen, teachers, electricians, machinists, truck drivers, or jewelers.
sure, there are other factors, and a Ashkenazi Jew with an IQ of 129 will probably not do as well in the NBA as a person of west African background who is seven feet tall and an IQ of 89. So??
All things being equal, another west African seven feet tall but with an IQ of 109 will probably outdo the one with the 89.
None of this is a secret, it´s just considered impolite to mention it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: EQKimball, 12/1/2013 6:37:41 PM     (No. 9636148)

Athletic ability plus effort equal higher salaries in sports. Shaking the box isn´t going to help those lacking either. No one seems to be offended by such an observation.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Judy W., 12/2/2013 6:17:45 AM     (No. 9636420)

Why was permission needed to post this?

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