Sunday, 31 May 2015

More On "Genius"

(i) For an experiment, the Psychotechnic Foundation of the Solarian Empire breeds human beings for intelligence. Fred Hoyle argued that genius results not from heredity but from luck. See here.

(ii) As the second stage of the experiment, groups of memory-wiped geniuses are placed in different locations on an isolated terrestroid planet. Thus, this planet now resembles Earth after the intelligence revolution of Anderson's Brain Wave.

(iv) In Brain Wave, some factory workers quit while others need earphones with intellectually stimulating input until their jobs can be automated. On the experimental planet in "Genius," the entire population shares intellectually undemanding jobs until these can be automated. I think that, in future, jobs that cannot be automated and are universally unwanted but socially indispensible will have to be shared until they can be reduced to zero.

(v) In Brain Wave, after the intelligence increase, a second inner change is intelligent control of emotions and instincts. In "Genius," when, on the experimental planet, the social norm has become genius, those who are even more intelligent are called "transcendents." Do they also have control of emotions?

(vi) they will rule the galaxy as Asimov's Second Foundation plans to.


  1. Kaor, Paul!

    I am extremely skeptical that it is possible to BREED for genius. My view is that the genetic variability of the human race is so unpredictable that it is not really possible to breed for greater intelligence.


    1. If we can't exactly breed for genius, it may be possible to select for higher (or lower) intelligence. There is an ethnic group with a centuries-long tradition of requiring literacy, and of being merchants and moneylenders when most of the population were peasant farmers; members of this ethnicity have been awarded far more than their share of Nobel Prizes in the sciences. I'm talking about Ashkenazi Jews, of course.

      Best Regards,
      Nicholas D. Rosen

    2. Hi, Nicholas!

      Hmmm, good point! Altho I would put that down more to SOCIAL PRESSURE forcing Jews into those lines of work where they could make a living. But that social pressure did lead to Jewish parents encouraging their children into lines of work which demanded more of them intellectually than other professions. Including the sciences, beginning in the 1800s. To our benefit, of course!


  2. Nicholas,
    Interesting. Thank you.