Dienstag, 16. Januar 2018

Reflex action

What annoys me a lot is that some people simply act like reflexes. If someone seems disagreeable to them, they reject him immediately. They don't even come up with the idea of asking whether there could be reasons for this person's idiosyncrasies. Such an analysis is too exhausting for them.

Reflexartiges Handeln

Was mich sehr ärgert, ist, dass manche Menschen einfach reflexartig handeln. Wenn jemand ihnen unsympathisch erscheint, lehnen sie ihn sofort ab. Sie kommen gar nicht einmal auf die Idee zu hinterfragen, ob es Gründe für die Eigenheiten dieser Person geben könnte. Eine solche Analyse ist ihnen zu anstrengend.

What bothered me most about the High Intelligence Association

Many members of the High Intelligence Association gave me the impression that they only think of themselves and their own well-being. They apparently lack the intellectual horizon to deal with the problems of humanity as a whole - or interest. Neither speaks for intelligence.

Was mich am Hochintelligenzverein am meisten störte

Bei vielen Mitgliedern des Hochintelligenzvereins hatte ich den Eindruck, dass sie nur an sich selbst und an ihr eigenes Wohlergehen denken. Ihnen fehlt offenbar der geistige Horizont, um sich mit den Problemen der Menschheit als Ganzes zu befassen - oder das Interesse. Beides spricht nicht für Intelligenz.

Samstag, 13. Januar 2018

From life in illusory worlds

There's one thing I've just come up with, and I have to write about it:

Some time ago, a board member of the Austrian High Intelligence Association threatened to beat me up if I ever "write again in my weblog that only people with a high school diploma should become members of the High Intelligence Association".

We now need the following explanation:

I have never written what this person claims.

Rather, I wrote that I came to the conclusion based on my experiences with the High-Intelligence Association that people who do not have a high school diploma are not to be counted among the "intellectual elite" of our country.

So I was wrongly accused.

The clou, however - that which I have only now really understood:

It is by no means the case that this person simply interpreted the term "intellectual elite" as a reference to the High-Intelligence Association from hybris or narcissism. No! In reality, the situation is much worse:

This person, who has never studied and probably had very little to do with academics in her life, especially with university employees, is convinced that as a member of the High-Intelligence Association, she belongs to the "intellectual elite" or that this very association is the "intellectual elite" of the country.

First of all, one has to put oneself into the world of experience and thoughts of such a person in order to be able to understand this!

This person apparently has not realized that most of the members of the High Intelligence Association, whom I got to know, can neither keep up with an average (!) academician in terms of their knowledge nor their ability, and certainly not with a university professor.

Of course, by "intellectual elite" I didn't mean the High-Intelligence Association, but those who really know something - university professors, world-class scientists, Nobel Prize winners, etc.

These simple people, who have practiced intelligence tests but never seen a university from the inside, live in a bubble and actually believe that no one is better than them.

They have not understood that there are hundreds of thousands in Austria alone who are intellectually superior to them - that is, they (members of the High-Intelligence Association) are far from belonging to the "intellectual elite". And when I speak of a "intellectual elite", I am actually referring to the "intellectual elite" and not to some kind of association without meaning for society as a whole.

Vom Leben in Scheinwelten

Eine Sache ist mir jetzt eben eingefallen, diese Sache muss ich unbedingt loswerden:

Vor einiger Zeit hat mir ja ein Vorstandsmitglied des österreichischen Hochintelligenzvereins Prügel für den Fall angedroht, dass ich "noch einmal in meinem Weblog schreibe, dass nur Personen mit Matura Mitglieder des Hochintelligenzvereins werden sollten".

Es bedarf nun folgender Erklärung:

Ich habe das, was diese Person behauptet, NIE geschrieben.

Vielmehr habe ich geschrieben, dass ich aufgrund meiner Erfahrungen mit dem Hochintelligenzverein zu der Konklusion gekommen bin, dass Personen, die keine Matura haben, nicht zur "geistigen Elite" unseres Landes zu rechnen seien.

Ich wurde also zu Unrecht beschuldigt.

Der Clou jedoch - das, was ich erst jetzt so richtig verstanden habe:

Es ist keineswegs so, dass diese Person einfach aus Hybris oder Narzissmus meine Rede von der "geistigen Elite" auf den Hochintelligenzverein bezogen hätte. Nein! In Wirklichkeit ist die Sachlage noch wesentlich ärger:

Diese Person, die selbst nie studiert hat und wahrscheinlich in ihrem Leben sehr wenig mit Akademikern, erst recht wenig mit Hochschulmitarbeitern zu tun gehabt hat, ist davon überzeugt, dass sie, als Mitglied des Hochintelligenzvereins, zur "geistigen Elite" gehöre beziehungsweise dass eben dieser Verein die "geistige Elite" des Landes darstelle.

Man muss sich erst einmal in die Erfahrungs- und Gedankenwelt einer solchen Person hineinversetzen, um das geistig nachvollziehen zu können!

Diese Person hat offenbar nicht verstanden, dass die meisten Mitglieder des Hochintelligenzvereins, die ich kennen gelernt habe, weder hinsichtlich ihres Wissens noch ihres Könnens mit einem durchschnittlichen (!) Akademiker mithalten können und erst recht nicht mit einem Universitätsprofessor.

Selbstverständlich meinte ich mit der "geistigen Elite" nicht den Hochintelligenzverein, sondern diejenigen, die wirklich etwas können - Universitätsprofessoren, Wissenschaftler von Weltrang, Nobelpreisträger etc.

Diese Leute, die zwar Intelligenztests geübt, aber nie eine Uni von innen gesehen haben, leben in einer Blase und glauben tatsächlich, niemand könne ihnen das Wasser reichen.

Sie haben nicht verstanden, dass es alleine in Österreich Hunderttausende gibt, die ihnen geistig überlegen sind - also sie weit davon entfernt sind, zur "geistigen Elite" zu gehören. Und wenn ich von einer "geistigen Elite" rede, dann meine ich damit tatsächlich die "geistige Elite" und nicht irgendeinen popeligen Verein ohne Bedeutung für die Gesamtgesellschaft.

Freitag, 12. Januar 2018

Significance of IQ

More and more, I am becoming an adherent of the notion that scoring high in an IQ test does not mean much more than having a well-working brain. It does not say much else about you. It does not mean you are smart, clever, witty, wise, whatever, or even that you have a clue about what you say or that you are better at learning new concepts or logical thinking than others.

I have pretty much experience with high IQ people. I was a member of the largest high IQ society in the world in 2002 - 2014. Moreover, I believe that some of the people with whom I have had contact already before, and with some of whom I have even worked together with on computer-related projects, have a very high IQ as well. (I actually tend to believe so since most of them were interested in programming and I always expected that programming was related to IQ; moreover, the members of a web forum related to programming which I sometimes visit once took an IQ test and most of them scored in the "superior" range.)

The reality is that although it does seem so that people who are into programming often have above-average IQ scores, it is not valid to say that if somebody has a high IQ, he or she also has to be a good programmer. Thanks to the high IQ societies I was a member of, I learned that there are many high IQ people who have never programmed or tried to program once in their lives and failed.

The only thing that, IMHO, is highly correlated with IQ is what sorts of problems make you get enraged and lose your temper.

According to the literature mentally handicapped children can be easily spot because they get excited and aggressive about problems that, for most of us, would seem trivial.

But this is normal human behaviour. It also occurs with average people and even with highly intelligent people. The only difference is the difficulty of the problems.

It is a matter of fact that I hardly ever lose my temper. There is little that throws me off course. That is also something other people regularly notice about me. A nurse at the hospital where I was working said I was "the calmest doctor" she had ever met.

What liberalism actually means

The fact that there are people for whom the term "liberal" is negatively connoted may be due to them associating liberalism with extreme measures such as the abolition of the welfare state or the complete deregulation of the economy.

I can't explain it any other way. Because I don't see why these things should be seen as bad:

- The rule of law, i. e. protection against arbitrary state rule; jurisdiction may only be exercised on the basis of the law
- Separation of powers in the state apparatus
- Granting of fundamental rights and freedoms by the state (right to private property, right to life and limb, right to freedom of expression, etc.)
- Self-realization as the goal of each individual

These are all points related to liberal worldview. In other ideologies, these things play no or only a minor role. In the real existence of socialism there was neither separation of powers nor the rule of law.

According to the constitution - thanks to Hans Kelsen! - Austria is a liberal democracy. That is why, in itself, all parties are obliged to be faithful to certain basic liberal principles. But at the moment, there is only one party that is fully committed to liberalism, so you can be sure that it will not betray these principles.