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Comment: Re:Income inequality is bad because ... (Score 1) 822

by GameboyRMH (#48161997) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

I don't think anyone could explain it to you. If I understand you correctly, you wouldn't see anything wrong with the situation outside of Australia in Manna by Marshall Brain.

Humans and many primates have an instinctive sense of fairness which would make them feel anger at such things, since we have an instinct to co-operate as a species.


Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon 359

Posted by Soulskill
from the might-be-easier-on-us-to-make-them-super-dumb dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Stephen Hsu, a professor in theoretical physics at Michigan State University, has an article discussing the genetic underpinnings of intelligence, and how our understanding of it will eventually lead to smarter children. Researchers have detected genes that influence cognitive ability, but the effect of any one gene is very small — less than 1 IQ point at best. Genetically modifying such genes is unlikely to happen any time soon, but our ability to analyze an embryo's genome is becoming quick and cheap. As we isolate more and more genes that affect intelligence, this means prospective parents will soon be able to analyze a batch of zygotes and figure out which ones are likely to be the smartest. Hsu says a batch of 10 zygotes will probably have an IQ range of 15 points or more. As our understanding of intelligence genetics grows, that range will only expand. He adds, "The corresponding ethical issues are complex and deserve serious attention in what may be a relatively short interval before these capabilities become a reality."

The IQ of the group is the lowest IQ of a member of the group divided by the number of people in the group.