Is Intelligence Important to Humans?

In the comments section, Patrick comments:

The notion that there is an evolutionary ladder is incorrect. There is no superior or inferior life-form. It is impossible for any particular race to be more evolved than any other race because there is no degree which to measure evolution and any measuring system someone could invent would be flawed.

And Lafayette Sennacherib responds:

I wonder if Patrick is making the point Noam Chomsky made in the opening pages of ‘ Hegemony or Survival’: that there is little evidence that ‘intelligence’ is an advantage by the evolutionary criteria of survival and increase of the species. Chomsky points out that, by these criteria, the cockroach is the most successful product of evolution.

Well, I would certainly agree with that, but that argument strikes me as senseless. Having dealt with smart humans and idiots and lots of humans in between, I am absolutely certain that intelligence is very important for humans.
I don’t even like to hang around with people who have fairly low IQ’s very much. I often do it and I’ve been doing it all my life, but I usually regret it and it has not been very satisfying over a lifetime. Not only are they boring, but the dumber someone is, typically the lower their morals are.
Dumb people cheat you, use you, rip you off, get you in trouble, start fights with you, vandalize your property, go through your stuff, damage your property, involve you in crimes, go to jail, beat their SO’s, drink and take dope to excess, eat worse than any wild mammal alive, refuse to exercise, and just generally act like retarded barn animals. When you challenge them on the damage or ripoffs they are doing to you and your stuff, they refuse to clean up their messes, pay you back, or even learn.
This last is so important. Dumb people just seem to be unable to learn too many things. I think it is probably because they do not want to, because they can definitely learn stuff they think is important. On the moral level, as far as I am concerned, way too many dumb people are just scumbags. Smarter people are generally way more morally evolved, at least in terms of having a personal relationship with them.
When you have whole neighborhoods full of dumbasses like this, there is a noticeable decline in many areas. Not only in the finer areas of life such as love of learning, art, culture, and whatnot, but in other areas.
Dumb people are ill-mannered and rude. They don’t keep promises. They borrow money and never pay it back. They have poor emotional control, scream and yell, fight, throw property around and get the cops called on them. They are always getting involved in retarded physical accidents due to their heedlessness.
Whole communities of dummies show a decline that is clear to anyone with open eyes to see. Prostitution, pimping, petty crime, gangs, graffiti, drugs, drug dealing, alcoholism and drug addiction, domestic violence, trash, trashed-out cars, homes and neighborhoods, wrecked schools, these are just some of the obvious evidences of decline.
If you could gauge the mean IQ of a city and watch its IQ decline, you would see all of these negative things increase. If you could raise the IQ of the city, you would see all of these things decrease and the more refined and civilized aspects of existence increase in tandem.
The notion that intelligence is irrelevant to the human species, either in micro or macro form, is seriously absurd.
In contrast to the racialists, I do not believe that IQ is fixed by our genes. Otherwise, our IQ’s would not have increased 22 points since 1930. Because IQ can be increased, I have hope that the ill effects on civilizational style of human low intelligence can be ameliorated. The fact that I am so convinced of the ill effects on our species of low IQ is one of the reasons that I am so serious about raising human IQ.

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9 thoughts on “Is Intelligence Important to Humans?”

  1. ” Dumb people cheat you, use you, rip you off, get you in trouble, start fights with you, vandalize your property, go through your stuff, damage your property, involve you in crimes, go to jail, beat their SO’s, drink and take dope to excess, eat worse than any wild mammal alive, refuse to exercise, and just generally act like retarded barn animals. When you challenge them on the damage or ripoffs they are doing to you and your stuff, they refuse to clean up their messes, pay you back, or even learn. ”
    Yeah, I’ve noticed that.
    ” Stupidity is vital, who will pay the roads?” No, that’s not funny – just a bit of snobbery. What’s stupid about mending the roads? The basic discipline of staying in a job and doing it adequately removes someone from the category Robert is talking about. Mending the roads is vital work alright; speculating on the stock markets isn’t.

  2. Since IQ isn’t completely fixed by our genes, and IQs have risen in recent decades, this creates the question of how to raise IQs. This, like violence against black women, is another are where white attention to a largely-nonwhite problem is likely to be welcome in the abstract, and seriously unwelcome when it comes down to details.
    Imagine these headlines:
    (Apropos of violence against black women)
    WHITE MEN TELL BLACK WOMEN TO REDUCE THEIR CONTACT WITH EDGY, CONFIDENT YOUNG MALES
    WHITES TEACH BLACK MALES HOW TO BE “EUROPEAN-STYLE GENTLEMEN”
    (Apropos of raising IQs)
    WHITES TELL BLACK MOTHERS TO BREAST-FEED MORE OFTEN
    HEALTH-CONSCIOUS WHITES TELL BLACKS TO EMULATE THEM
    WHITE NUTRITIONISTS NOTE MICRONUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES IN THE GROCERY CHOICES COMMON IN BLACK-MAJORITY AREAS
    Food Stamps Administrators Reply that their Benefits are Legally Applicable to the Purchases of Snack Food as well as Staples
    or, best of all,
    WHITE SOCIOLOGISTS CONCLUDE THAT THE MEN WHO REPRODUCE MOST OFTEN IN PROMISCUOUS ENVIRONMENTS TEND NOT TO BE MOST COGNITIVELY GIFTED
    Promiscuity Called “inherently dysgenic”; Monogamy said to “shore up average cognitive abilities”
    I’ve said it a million times: highlighting environmental causes for behavior differences has not and will not shelter anyone from being called a racist. The point is not that being called a racist is going to hurt the feelings of Silver or Robert L. or me, the point is that the person screaming “Racist!” is using that pretense as a way of sheltering himself from the hazards of communication.
    There are a few people like Thomas Sowell who are saying approximately the same things I am, whose skin color shelters them somewhat from the shouting-with-fingers-in-ears criticism, but their words haven’t had much effect. At this point I’m inclined to leave it up to blacks to raise black cognitive ability, the problem being that it hasn’t worked in the past, and that problems like crime and illegitimacy affect everyone.

    1. At this point I’m inclined to leave it up to blacks to raise black cognitive ability, the problem being that it hasn’t worked in the past, and that problems like crime and illegitimacy affect everyone.
      It’s not true. If it had never worked in the past, Black IQ would not have gone up a whopping 22 points since the Depression. Plus their head size had dramatically increased. And I think that they have reduced the B-W IQ gap from 18 pts to around 13.5 pts.
      The rest of your post is good. One of truly insane things about liberalism is that we are not acknowledged to even admit that IQ matters, so saying the Black IQ can be raised by this and that means you get called racist anyway. If you say Blacks should have stable families or eat right, they call you racist. It’s like anyone who tries to help Blacks in any way gets RACIST screamed at them. Sometimes liberalism is just insane.
      I don’t agree that Sowell had has no effect. The existence of a huge Black middle class belies that.

  3. I can remember reading about the role that maternal IQ plays in child development.
    Probably the best thing that could happen to a child is to be born to an intelligent mother.
    In a free society there’s no way to control for something like this, but I think there are tangible benefits to a community like the black community if a movement could get underway to at the very least DELAY childbearing.

    1. I am convinced that the high rate of preemies in Blacks lowers Black IQ. I don’t know if there are any solutions to the premature infant thing, but it would be nice if we could ameliorate this problem.

  4. It’s not true. If it had never worked in the past, Black IQ would not have gone up a whopping 22 points since the Depression.
    Okay, good point, but I wonder…. It would be a lot of work, but I’d like to measure the success of, say, black-majority school boards vs. white-majority at efforts to raise the IQs of their lower half.
    Plus their head size had dramatically increased.
    This I was not aware of. When does the head-size increase become apparent? Are we talking about newborns or adults or…? Has the rate of premature births gone up coincidentally, or has it always been high?
    I don’t agree that Sowell had has no effect. The existence of a huge Black middle class belies that.
    I hope you’re right. Everybody should read him.

    1. Re: head size, they are finding it on autopsy looking at skulls of dead people most of whom died in old age. They compared them over a 200-300 year period. There is a dramatic increase in Black skull size starting ~1900. Also in White skull size too, but we started earlier. There’s a post from the old blog about it. You want me to repost it? The researcher concluded that the changes in both groups were partly genetic.
      Also the skulls were going from more archaic features to more progressive features such as less prognathism. This means that both Blacks and Whites have been practicing positive eugenics for a long time in selecting more progressive features, that probably had higher IQ’s. Blacks were selecting Blacks who “looked Whiter.” The Whiter looking Blacks probably had higher IQ’s too.
      I’m really tired of all this dysgenics shit. Humans are not idiots. The Whiter, smarter Blacks were more desired, were selected for more, and had more offspring. Just as any intelligent Darwinian society would do.
      Want me to repost it?

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