is that pot use is higher amongst people of lower or higher IQ. The best programmers I've ever worked with were heavy potheads. OTOH, pot use is high with stupid lowlifes I've known. Non-pot use is heaviest in people in the average IQ range (i.e. 100 +- 15)
My own experience (which really proves nothing statistically) is: I've smoked weed since I was 15 (I am now 57). I outscored everyone in my school on the Ohio Psych by at least 40 points. Maybe I'd be a super-genius if i'd never used but I doubt it.
Nice try. I've patented the act of being fucked by legislation. And since I'm first to file, you're kind of fucked. If I give you permission, that is.
Now that's Funny!
My mother taught me to read when I was 4. My father taught me basic arithmetic when I was 5. I was eager to start school. Then I found out that school wasn't a place for learning but a place for pain and humiliation. We sat with our chairs in a circle while the teacher tried to teach the idiots to read Dick, Jane & frikkin' Sally. I was excruciatingly bored, so I wrote a note to a girl sitting on the other side of the circle. Of course she couldn't read it so gave it to the teacher. It was traced back to me and I had to sit in the corner the rest of the day. Arithmetic was worse: In the 3rd grade they were still trying to teach the 'tards basic addition so we had to stamp these damned yellow chickens on poster paper. I didn't do mine so they made me stay after school to do it.
High school was just as bad. I got kicked in the nuts almost every day. I learned almost nothing. I signed up for the senior science course which was supposed to contain an intro to computer programming. I was the only one to sign up for it so they dropped it.
On the whole, what should have been some of the most productive years of my life were wasted trapped in a goddam hell-hole where the only lessons to be learned were how to be a good prisoner and submit to authority whenever they wanted to torture me.
Everyone is bemoaning how the US is not pumping out scientists and engineers like it used to. I would be surprised if it were.
Conservatives opposed communism
In favor of Tsarism. Great principled stand there guys.
Hitler was a liberal? Yeah, he did confiscate guns, but nothing characterizes Nazism better than extreme nationalism, a conservative trait.
Eugenics was supported by both sides. Progressives who thought they could make humanity better, and conservatives who wanted to use genetics to enforce the class structure. Notice how it was always the lower classes who got sterilized.
And also notice that whether it's liberals or conservatives in power, the direction is always towards more control : Gun control and laws enforcing political correctness from the liberals; Banning of gay marriage and abortions and loyalty oaths from the conservatives. It never goes the other way in the U.S. even though most Americans say they want government out of their lives; the media can always stir them to a killing rage by pointing out what the other side does.
When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision.