Thursday 21 March 2013

Have the ranks of the high-IQ Outsiders been swelled of late?


I often return to look at this brilliant essay on the high-intelligence 'misfits' or Outsiders by the late Grady M Towers:

And this time of reading I was struck by the realization that Grady's category of ultra-high-IQ psychological walking wounded will have been swollen in recent years (and despite the probable decline in average intelligence) by the socio-political bureaucratic-Leftist trends that select against men, in favour of 'lower skill' 'minorities', and which make mandatory the kind of conformity and sociability that are required for working in large organizations under oppressive ideological surveillance.

All of these trends will exclude those of high intelligence but (more or less) misfit personality who would in the past have found employment in reasonably high status domains but who are now displaced to chronic dependency among the marginal and under- (or un-) employed.

I just state this as a (probable) fact of modern life: that we would expect to find (if we took the trouble to look) that a greater proportion of the most intelligent people (especially men) would be found to inhabit the status of outsiders than has been the case for the past few hundred years.

Naturally, most modern people could not be expected to care two hoots about any misfortune attaching to such a group; but it is noteworthy that genuine ability is never in surplus, and such a profligate exclusion of potenitally valuable talent counts as yet another factor in the self-loathing-based, willed-suicide of the West.



JP said...

OT: The C of E is DEAD.

From the DM:

In the spectacular surrounds of Canterbury Cathedral and amid the strains of African music, the Most Reverend Justin Welby was today enthroned as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. As the 57-year-old former oil executive was made leader of a global flock of 77million Anglicans he said: 'I come knowing nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified, and in weakness and fear and in much trembling.' More than 2,000 people including dozens of religious leaders from around the globe, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, gathered to see him become head of a church facing turmoil over gay marriage and women bishops. For the first time in history a woman took a central role in the ceremony, which also featured Punjabi music, a blessing from an African archbishop and improvised organ music.

What a disgusting farrago of nonsense.

Bruce Charlton said...



@Yes. CoE seems dead and gone.

But some Anglicans from the Global South seem to have remained strong, and have distanced themselves from some of this stuff.

I am astonished and dismayed by how many people, that I might have supposed to know better, seem impressed by Welby. Yet the man is pure public sector middle manager: off the peg, stamped out in thousands - it dribbles out of his mouth, drools through his prose, oozes from every pore.

stephens said...

I thought Ted Kaczynski's manifesto was an interesting read. It's a pity it ended in criminal violence.
He chose not to offer his talents as he did not want the modern society he hated to benefit.
Others who do offer their talents such as James Watson are attacked by the "thought police" as soon as they verbalize any thoughts that clash with leftist dogma.
I guess smart people are not that great at "playing dumb" or "toeing the line" to safeguard their careers and we end up with institutions full of compliant watered down talent!

The Crow said...

The Daily Mail's rendition of the Canterbury event was shocking enough to become funny. It outdid Fawlty Towers in surreal craziness.
Honestly, it had more in common with the Notting Hill Carnival that with anything C of E.
Wonder no more why the C of E is approaching extinction.

Elijah Armstrong said...

I was just thinking about this today...Egalitarianism ruins lives at both ends of the bell curve. It ruins the lives of people at the extreme left, who are forced beyond their abilities. And it ruins the lives of people at the extreme right, whose talents are stamped out and spat upon, and who are tortured with day after day of excruciating boredom.

Samson J. said...

I thought Ted Kaczynski's manifesto was an interesting read. It's a pity it ended in criminal violence.

The Unabomber manifesto is a brilliant read. He basically understood everything that is happening, and it drove him mad. If only he had accepted God, he might not have shot himself in despair.