Four years ago, I stated that “People with exceptionally high IQs but inadequate parents often have poor life outcomes because of the mismatch.”
There are two key elements of James Holmes’s biography which makes me wonder about his parents.
First and most importantly, he attended UC Riverside, which is a crappy commuter school that’s 37% NAM and only 17% white. Why would his parents let (or maybe even encourage?) him to attend such a crappy school?
Secondly, it has been reported that “for a time, he worked part time at McDonald's after finishing college.” Why did he have to work at such a loser job? I get that he couldn’t find a job in Neuroscience, but only people from low prole backgrounds would sink to working at a McDonalds.
However, Holme’s father is said to have a doctorate in statistics and is described as a “manager” at a software company. I would think a guy with a decent white-collar background like that would be less clueless about his son’s choice of college.
James’s mother is said to be a RN, which is a lower middle-class type of career track; she would probably be clueless about the importance of going to a proper college. Maybe James’s dad is aspergery, and his mother inadequately handled the decisions about James’s education and after-work employment?
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The Unabomber has been mentioned a few times during the last three days. It should be noted that the Unabomber had an exceptionally high IQ and prole parents. His father worked in a sausage factory.