Lion of Judah said:If you guys want a good idea of what IQ can (and can't) tell us, I would suggest reading bloggers like Dr. James Thompson, Pumpkin Person, and Jayman. NNT doesn't have a clue when it comes to this topic....
I would tend to agree. However, I think the main reason Taleb takes such a controversial stance is because he has never been known to take moderate positions. Partly due to the fact that by nature he's a gadfly, but also intentionally because it generates controversy and gets people talking.
"So far none of the IQ-psycholophasters seem to grasp that local correlation is never correlation is the commonly understood sense. So when they say "IQ works well between 70 and 130" it means: "IQ works well between 0 and ~85, maybe"."
I think this is the underlying point in his IQ thread. You can use IQ tests to potentially identify dimwits but beyond that what conceivable difference is there between a 100 IQ and 130 IQ person? In my mind, his whole thread is about defanging IQ as an intelligible measure of any sorts and something that should be abandoned. Just as we abandoned the notion that idea that the four humors had an effect on our body and emotions.
Here's the full thread ~ https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1076845397795065856.html