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Comment Re:study on go and IQ (Score 1) 325

btw i always thought the definition of IQ (assuming that your group satifies the central limit theorem and we can treat it as a normally distributed sample) was that it was normally distributed with a mean of 100 and standard distribution of 10, simple right..

No, standard deviation is 15 points.


Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 198

I was wondering when we'd reach the point where the accumulation of knowledge available in any given field exceeded the ability of the human mind to completely grasp in a useful manner.

In medicine, that point was reached many years ago, but few care to admit it:

"To estimate the time that it might take a new entrant to the subspecialty [echocardiography] to read all the previous literature, we assumed that he or she could read five papers an hour (one every 10 minutes, followed by a break of 10 minutes) for eight hours a day, five days a week, and 50 weeks a year; this gives a capacity of 10 000 papers in one year. Reading all papers referring to echocardiography (search 1) would take 11 years and 124 days, by which time at least 82142 more papers would have been added, accounting for another eight years and 78 days. Before our recruit could catch up and start to read new manuscripts published the same day, he or she would - if still alive and even remotely interested - have read 408 049 papers and devoted (or served a sentence of) 40 years and 295 days. On the positive side, our recruit would finish just in time to retire."

Fraser AG, Dunstan FD. On the impossibility of being expert. BMJ. 341(dec14 1):c6815-c6815. http://www.bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c6815

Comment Re:The Only People Who Benefit From This (Score 2) 166

A substantial portion of the NSA, FBI, and CIA's budget is dedicated towards the very simple task of translating. As in, converting say, islamic into english.

I can see the problem. Islamic language scholars are really hard to find. Similarly, during WWII it was difficult for the allies to keep up with the volume of sigintel from Europe, Africa, and other countries due to the shortage of individuals qualified to translate from the Lutheran and Catholic.

-Pedantic Reader

Comment John Brunner (Score 1) 1365

700+ comments and still no mention of John Brunner? Unpossible!

Specifically, Stand on Zanzibar (overpopulation leads to massive increase in violent crime as aggression levels rise, along with mega-corps basically enslaving entire African countries) and to an even greater extent, The Sheep Look Up (ecological catastrophe in slow-motion, domestic terrorists dose municipal water supply with psychotic drugs).

Both actually highly enjoyable, especially Zanzibar with its spy story, fast pace, and mod, proto-MTV style jump cuts.

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