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IQ STILL LIVES – IN AUSTRIA.... |
That a relatively low IQ was found – along with more autism, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia –in the children of older men (because of extra mutations in oldies’ genes) was acknowledged by anthropologist Martin Fieder, University of Vienna, as he announced a new, “very visible” effect of lower physical attractiveness in such children (D.Telegraph, 24 iii). –
IQ was seldom mentioned by psychologists in the Anglo-Saxon world because it was deemed elitist and deterministic and made people think that race too might be real; but that IQ<85 was found four times more common in children (4% of the population) having a genetic mutation hindering thyroid processing in cells was reported to their annual conference in Liverpool by endocrinologists (D.Telegraph, 24 iii).
Intelligence itself once got a mention from England’s King Alfred the Great towards the end of his life (BBC2, iii):
“What I set out to do was virtuously and justly to administer the authority given to me, and to do it with wisdom, for without wisdom nothing is worthwhile. It has always been my desire to live honourably, and to leave my descendants my memory in good works. For each man according to the measure of his intelligence must speak what he can speak and do what he can do” – King Alfred the Great
And fresh support came from Eton-scholarship-winner and Balliol First Boris Johnson, former Spectator editor (New Scientist, 18 iii, Michael Bond – though with the usual late-C20 caveats about the ‘other factors’ supposedly demonstrated as important in Head Start programmes [for corrective, see TgF]):
The mayor of London, Boris Johnson - seen by some as a future prime minister - recently addressed the issue of growing inequality.... Success is all about IQ, Johnson suggested, so all we can do is give the brightest kids the best chance to succeed.