posted on Jan, 26 2008 @ 03:29 PM
Continuing to ponder this article, several hours later:
IQ tests must be useless in gauging the worth of human beings, because clearly these tests measure the reflexive parts of the human brain rather than
any real aspect of humanity. It follows that those who try to measure human worth by means of intelligence tests are participating in a cruel fallacy.
We use IQ tests to classify humans for better or worse. People with high IQ scores may feel superior to others. Societies such as
and the Prometheus Society
place themselves on a higher plane than
the rest of humanity – they expect their opinions to be given regard than normal folk. But if IQ is a true measure of human worth, don’t chimps
deserve an even higher place in society? Those that value high IQ scores should regard chimps as objects of worship!
More disturbing yet: scientists and researchers, such as William Shockley
and others, have used IQ test scores to justify rascism, by pointing out the
differences in IQ scores between the various world populations. IQ scores are used to diminish entire sectors of humanity. And people accept that! The
article of the OP refutes this. Certainly, if reflexive intellectual talents, such as those measured by IQ tests, are good indicators of worth, chimps
must be superior to all human races! They perform so well on this test!
So we see that clasifying people by IQ scores is a major fallacy. It causes societal harm. How many people have had their self worth brutally and
fallaciously reduced, when they find that their IQ score is lower than they expected? How many good people have been wrongly discounted and
marginalized because of some stupid IQ test result?
It seems to me a better way of measuring the worth of a human would be to look at metrics such as empathy, and curiousity, and tenaciousness, and
creativity. Forget about IQ tests as a measurement of human worth – chimps are apparently better than humans.
Just some thoughts on this drizzly afternoon….