Common sense connectome findings vs lifestyle

There is a myth in circulation that creative or intelligent people do more drugs. Usually the false connection is made on the personality trait of openness (which isn’t predictive, since drug use is a choice). It’s a medium correlation more likely from middle class boredom and rebellion.

http://uk.businessinsider.com/human-brain-connectome-results-2015-9

The researchers found that people with more traits the researchers classified as “positive,” like high IQ, tended to have a greater number of brain connections than people with more traits the researchers classified as “negative,” like high drug use.

Direct observation, and they’re loathe to offend anyone.
Like, the scans are right there. You can point to it.

But some say we should be cautious in how we interpret the findings.

I wonder if those people use…..

Read the damn data if you're so bloody educated

It’s like disputing the Type II diabetes and insulin connection.

The more “positive” traits people had, the more brain connections they found, and vice versa.

Eugenic epigenetics confirmed.

But the brain-wiring patterns linked to general intelligence were not the same as those for other kinds of intelligence, such as hand-eye coordination, some researchers noted. [DS: cerebellum, dude] This suggests maybe we should reconsider what IQ tests actually measure, especially since many scientists think it’s not the most useful measure of intelligence. [DS: those many scientists work in another, useless field]

*facepalming in the distance*
IQ is only relevant to an academic context. So very relevant (to practical application).
Gardner’s theories (multiple intelligences) have grounds, yes. Moving on.

Interestingly, people who had recently used marijuana tended to be on the more negative end of the brain connectivity spectrum, the researchers said.

NO SHIT award of the year.
First prize is a Sherlock pipe.

But the jury’s still out on how marijuana affects the brain.

what wut wtf shock surprise slow turn eh littlefinger pause got
No.

…Scientists still debate exactly what this brain circuitry does, but previous research has linked it to several higher-level brain functions…..

And this is only the beginning of human connectome studies……

Hahaha the HBD people will be pleased.

The Human Connectome Project is now looking at genetic data from people in the study, including many pairs of identical and fraternal twins, to see how genetic and environmental influences are related to brain connectivity.

crying laughter lmao

We’re copying Asia and doing a eugenics study, but we aren’t calling it that? As if it makes a difference?

Meanwhile, other groups are studying the brain connections of aging adults and developing babies.

And they’ll find evidence of all the prejudices that withstood the test of time.
All the poor lifestyle choices, all the terrible parenting and the overall genetic load (inferiority) by demo.
cracking up dawn french

I cannot wait.
Redpill study of the century. 

Let’s see them deny it and become anti-science when the harm principle is clearly violated. Vigorously. Repeatedly. Down the generations, who have no choice. 

n.b. Not to denigrate men, but while they have larger brains on average, prior studies have shown women have better connected ones. Make of that what you will.

5 responses to “Common sense connectome findings vs lifestyle

  1. Intriguing that they think hand eye coordination is a type of intelligence. Even more intriguing is that they propose to scan babies brains “before and after birth”. I had no idea f they could do that. Anyway, sounds like it will go a long way towards sorting out cause and effect.

      • Oh, you’re alluding to Gardner’s pseudoscientific “multiple intelligences” nonsense. Even he admits he doesn’t have empirical evidence to support his “theory”. It’s just the old the old formula, “Not good at book learning? Don’t worry, everyone’s good at something – you’re probably good at dance!” Gardner has merely padded it out to book length an given it the imprimatur of a Harvard professor. Useful for situations where political correctness is required, but nothing to do with reality.

      • In later iterations yes, talking about plants and shit, but you can easily test visuospatial ability, for example, and in recent years IQ tests have increased the questions related to it.

      • I guess, by showing that hand-eye coordination is unrelated to intelligence proper, they are helping to dismantle Gardner’s cockamamie “theory”, but psychological experiments going back decades have already indicated this. (Perceptual speed is related to g, reaction speed is not). Visuo-spatial ability is different from kinaesthetic ability.

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