Sunday, April 10, 2016
Smarter? Or Stupider? More Unsettled Science
Now there is contrary evidence:
My guess is that both conclusions are trivial and without intellectual value. The very definition of intelligence changes over time, with various subcategories springing up, such as verbal, mathematical, mechanical aptitude, etc. And then these categories morph into something else. The second study, above, merely depends upon reaction time, which would put boxers and race drivers over engineers and professors, I would imagine.
Either way, the science - if you choose to allow it to be called such - is unsettled. And these conclusions are pretty much meaningless. Your observation of general intelligence is very likely as meaningful as either of these studies and their conclusions.