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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Bad News for the Highly Intelligent - Scientific American

To explain their findings, Karpinski and colleagues propose the hyper brain/hyper body theory. This theory holds that, for all of its advantages, being highly intelligent is associated with psychological and physiological “overexcitabilities”, or OEs. A concept introduced by the Polish psychiatrist and psychologist Kazimierz Dbrowski in the 1960s, an OE is an unusually intense reaction to an environmental threat or insult. This can include anything from a startling sound to confrontation with another person.


In my experience, this is as true as can be. I'll spare you the details. My father explained to me once why people of low intelligence were happier. "They find TV fascinating!" he concluded. TV's a lot better than it used to be, but it's still not fascinating. Still, as I recall, smoking dope removed about 30 IQ points temporarily. So there's hope.

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