Flamebait Summary

With only a brief glance at TFA this is a Flamebait summary.

It's the age-old distinction between a low-grade machine that is resistant to abuse and a high-grade machine that is vulnerable to abuse.

The summary unfairly rewards low-grade abuse-resistant machines/brains.


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Here's the simple version!

1. Hammers are fun! You can bang on things all day with them and fix a lot of problems.

2. Seismographs are not hammers. If you bang on things ... with a machine *designed to measure the earth banging on stuff*, you'll get a 14 on the Richter scale followed by the machine breaking... after you fixed your loose screw problem.


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Even that is not so simple!

Moar Brainz!

There are articles wondering if Ashkenazi Jews strengthen the processes which ""correlate" to higher intelligence. In a fantastically confusing mix of Nature vs Nurture vs Old Boys Clubs, comes the hypothesis that five hundred years of "greater world neglect" produced a rare risky genetic gamble of extra neurons for certain types of processing, paired with a culture that valued learning and study.

http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/culture/features/1478/ [nymag.com]

The article is some 25% provocation, but clearly too long to be a mere troll.


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"...so does Nick Bilton of the NY Times. That's why I called it a Flamebait summary. They picked a disastrous phrase in "too much brain leads to distraction".

I'm clever but you're still ahead of me. I agree, we need a "no genius left behind" program but that's too much to ask of 2011 America. Maybe we'll have it by 2020.

One day if you feel bored again I could use someone who craves mental challenges because I have a couple hard questions to ask. Email me. It's not even obfuscated."


(Not sure what I was referring to here - Nick Bilton has a book (Is it in my library or did I glance at it in a store?))