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111 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 22 May 2008 05:55AM

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Comment author: TGGP4 22 May 2008 10:15:16PM 0 points [-]

Flynn doesn't think the effect is a "real" gain in intelligence or g, just using "scientific lenses" and greater abstraction. There are some who point to other physical changes that have occurred and better nutrition though.

Comment author: pnrjulius 09 April 2012 04:54:56AM 2 points [-]

Yet... if you look at what really matters: How good are people at doing science? How skilled is their computer programming? How wise is their economics? That's all phenotype, not genotype. It could well be 100% environmental and not at all related to the hereditary g; so what? It's actual smartness, actually improving, making the world actually better.