Higher intelligence may have a downside in the modern world, by allowing life satisfaction to be more vulnerable from being better able to comprehend the severity of problems that did not exist in the ancestral world.
In the past few years, Satoshi Kanazawa, a reader in management and research methodology at the London School of Economics, published a series of papers in the Journal of Theoretical Biology with titles such as “Big and Tall Parents Have More Sons” (2005), “Violent Men Have More Sons” (2006), “Engineers Have More Sons, Nurses Have More Daughters” (2005), and “Beautiful Parents Have More Daugh-ters” (2007). More recently, he has publicized some of these claims in an article, “10 Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature,” for Psychology Today and in a book written with Alan S. Miller, Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters.However, the statistical analysis underlying Kanazawa’s claims has been shown to have basic flaws, with some of his analyses making the error of controlling for an intermediate outcome in estimating a causal effect, and another analysis being subject to multiple-comparisons problems.
While I wholeheartedly agree with Gelman, his objection nevertheless confirms the hypothesis…
Another feature that was rated useful was evidence of applicants’ ‘academic age’. This was defined as the number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) years for which they’d worked in academia and was calculated from the year of their first academic publication, rather than the year they got their graduate degree.
So while the new Swiss granting scheme looks really nice, I expect that other funders will use the idea and divide impact factor by academic age…
Auf jeder Stufe von Ausbildung und Karriere gibt es die Tendenz, wirklich schlaue und kreative Menschen auszuschließen, indem man vor allem gewissenhafte und kontaktfähige Leute vorzieht. In dem Maße, in dem Wissenschaft immer stärker durch Peer-Review-Mechanismen dominiert wird, erlangt der pro-soziale und konsensfähige Forscher immer mehr Vorrang vor dem brillanten und inspirierten – oft aber auch schroffen und rebellischen – Typ des Wahrheitssuchers, der früher unter den besten Wissenschaftlern so weit verbreitet war.
cum grano salis… denn es sind nicht vor allem die gewissenhaften sondern die gewissenlosen. .. Die Empfehlung im Original
A further vital ingredient is therefore necessary: devotion to the transcendental value of Truth. Elite revolutionary science should therefore be a place that welcomes brilliant, impulsive, inspired, antisocial oddballs – so long as they are also dedicated truth-seekers.