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To: allmendream
My point is that almost everything has a drawback - there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Absolutely, no argument there.

My argument is simply that hyper-intelligence (as opposed to moderate-intelligence) hasn't really given humans a reproductive edge. Sure, the inventor of the spear, or wheel, or whatever was a lot smarter than his rivals, but using those inventions didn't require hyper-intelligence. The use of these inventions granted great reproduction advantage, but the invention of these things did not.

41 posted on 06/05/2012 7:48:52 AM PDT by whd23 (Every time a link is de-blogged an angel gets its wings.)
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To: whd23
The guy who invented the spearthrower and his entire population group (the genetics of which presumably gave rise to his high intellect) would have experienced a dramatic increase in wealth, hunting success and success in war. All of which would lead to a dramatic increase in population - and thus great reproductive success for himself and his family.

A farmer who knows what seeds to use and which to discontinue - what crosses will be favorable - when to plant - how to deal with disease or overburdened branches - will have a huge reproductive advantage over a farmer of moderate intelligence who plods along doing what he has always done.

A more intelligent hunter is a more successful hunter and a more successful hunter generally has better reproductive success.

A more intelligent mason is a more successful mason and a more successful mason generally has better reproductive success.

A more intelligent war leader is a more successful war leader, and a more successful war leader generally has better reproductive success.

A more intelligent person is more likely to achieve higher rank in society, and one with higher rank in society is generally has better reproductive success.

Any human endeavor conducted by a human of demonstrable higher intelligence will be done better than a human of moderate intelligence. When you do things better you generally have better reproductive success.

45 posted on 06/05/2012 8:44:14 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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