2015 August 03 Monday
CalTech 3 Std Dev Students Win Nobel Prize Contest
Kids out at the 3rd standard deviation in IQ go on to do great things.
He reports that the school with the most Nobel + Fields + Turing prizes, normalized to size of (undergraduate) alumni population, is Caltech, which leads both Harvard and MIT (the next highest ranked schools) by a factor of 3 or 4. Caltech beats Michigan by a factor of ~50, and Ohio State (typical of good public flagships) by a factor of ~500!
This result illustrates why offspring genetic engineering will have such a huge impact on human society. If even a tenth of the people who would otherwise have 120-130 IQ kids can instead have 150 IQ kids our ranks of geniuses will grow by multiples.
By Randall Parker at 2015 August 03 09:10 PM
It's possible though that intense efforts to produce high IQ individuals may have undesirable consequences - say like increases in autism or personalities like Perelman. There is the theory that some neurological disorders like Tay-Sachs mostly found in Ashkenazi Jews are side-effects of strong selection for intelligence.
I doubt the IQ at CalTech is that high, even if their average SAT scores are around 2400 out of 2400. People who do well on one test tend to regress to the mean on other tests.
Thomas Wolf has an IQ of 196 is everything but not a genius. He is intelligent, of course, but genius would be someone like Newton or Goethe, and these times are gone. We are living in a time of high specialisation, so what you end up as is an _efficient_ individual, but not a genius. There haven't been any geniuses since the second half of the 20th century, the last great genius was Nicholas Gomez Davila, born in 1913.