Steve Sailer has a brief mention of an amazing new book by Satoshi Kanazawa, The Intelligence Paradox: Why the Intelligent Choice Isn't Always the Smart One. The review at Economist Magazine gives you a good feel for what this book is about.
This book covers a lot of topics that I’ve blogged about during the last several years. There’s an entire chapter devoted to the issue of why atheists are smarter than religious people. And I just love the subchapter that has the title “If Liberals Are More Intelligent than Conservatives, Why Are Liberals So Stupid.”
I’ve previously suggested that the best IQ for having grandchildren is the average IQ, because that’s what evolution had determined is the IQ that gives us the greatest survival advantage. Historically, people with higher or lower IQs had fewer grandchildren. Note that I say grandchildren and not children, because you can have a lot of children but it does the evolutionary future of your genes no good if they don’t have their own children. I suspect that people with below-average IQs historically had more children but fewer grandchildren than people with average IQs. This is no longer true today. The government gives away free food and healthcare, so even the stupidest people have no problem ensuring that their children survive long enough to give them grandchildren. Kanazawa clearly takes the same point of view as me about intelligence being a detriment to having children, partially because it’s a detriment to having carnal relations with the opposite sex, and partially because more intelligent people are less likely to want to have a bunch of children. (I know, for example, that children bring no joy to me.)
Kanazawa also has a pretty cool blog at Psychology today. For example, I like his post on Why Modern Feminism Is Illogical, Unnecessary, and Evil.