Also Neck-in-Neck: Above- vs Below-Average Intelligence

Many biological traits follow a so-called “normal distribution” (a.k.a. “bell curve”) across populations, and to the extent that intelligence follows this pattern, then half of all human beings have above average intelligence, and the other half below average intelligence.

Might this explain something significant about the roughly 50-50 split being revealed between Biden supporters and Trump supporters?

Now, to the extent that this coincidence is truly meaningful (quite plausibly not at all, but still), and although I do have my own intuitions regarding which half of the intelligence bell-curve might correspond to Biden- and which half to Trump supporters, unfortunately there’s really nothing about the mere coincidence itself that indicates whether I’m right or wrong in that regard.

So, really, both sides are free to flatter themselves with this observation, and thereby achieve a cozy and consoling sense of smugness and superiority.

Hope that’s useful!


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I’m Sorry, but My Autism Makes You Seem Like a Moron: Why I Try Not to Stupidity-Shame

I don’t know what my IQ is, but even if it’s perfectly average I figure I’m smarter than half of all human beings. That’s a lot of relatively stupid people I have to cope with on a daily basis, but I try not to whine about it because I figure it serves me right because my own relative stupidity must be dealt with by all of the relatively intelligent people that compose the other half of the population and who have to cope with me on a daily basis.

In the end I guess it all balances out, which is why as a rule I don’t like to make people feel ashamed for being stupider than I am. What’s there to be ashamed of? Relative stupidity is all just part of the Human condition.

But it’s the exceptional rule that has no exceptions at all, and every now and again I will meet someone who really seems to be begging me for just a teaspoon of shame sauce, and in these occasions I like to have on hand a good zinger that can satisfy their craving.

My own version of this makes use of my ASD diagnosis, but the general format can be used with most any condition:

“I’m sorry, but my dyslexia makes you seem like a moron.”

“I beg your pardon, but my ADHD makes you seem kind of dim-witted.”

“Whoa, my hay fever is making you look ridiculous!”

You get the picture.

Hope that’s useful!