If this news came out 40 years ago, there would be no LGBT movement. For 40 years, we have been told by countless activists that, "we were born this way." We have been told that using the term, "choice," with regards to homosexuality is hateful because, "they did not choose it." Lady Gaga sang, "Born this way." I remember my grandfather telling me that he supported gay rights because he was convinced that, "they are born that way." Books that spoke of the influence of environmental factors like abuse or parental neglect were labeled hate speech.
40 years ago, homosexuality was widely frowned upon. Many thought it should be illegal. Almost no one wanted gay marriage. But, we were told, they are born that way. To hate something in the genes, is like being racist. And who wants to be a hater about something that is genetic? Nobody. And this wa…
Google got where it is by having almost psychic ability to predict what we were looking for when we searched for something. Searching Yahoo! or AskJeeves would lead to frustration but Google had the ability to have the right answer on the first page every time. It was amazing. And google did this so well that pretty much everyone adopted it as their default search engine. Competitors like Bing tried to bring them down but just could not. We were happy with Google. They were just that good.
But I have noticed recently (just in the past year) that I increasingly start searching other search engines when I don't find what I am looking for and have been surprised to find better results on other search engines.
I do a lot of political/cultural/religious writing so I am always googling things that are controversial. I think this plays into it. Google is clearly manipulating results now. What that means is that instead of giving you what you want to find, they are giving you what they w…
"IQ is predictive. It predicts how you do on SATs."
Hmm. It is almost as though an SAT and an IQ tests were designed with the same assumptions in mind.
"IQ tells us how much money people are going to make."
Huh. We make IQ tests (SATs) the entrance exams for schools and then we find it surprising that IQ and income correlate. What is shocking is not that there is a correlation but how absolutely minor it is. R^2 values less than 0.1. That means that another IQ point is terrible at predicting whether that means another dollar for the person.
In fact, putting a straight line trend on this is silly. Remove the trend line and let your eyes look at the dots. What do you see? I see buck shot. Maybe a slight trend but not something I would do any sort of engineering based on.
My undergraduate is engineering. Before I decided to move in other directions educationally and career wise (moving to business then philosophy) I worked in several transportation markets including A…