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Marilee J. Layman

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03:48 pm: Erm, James?
A study in the February issue of the American Journal of Public Health indicates that "A lack of intelligence can really hurt you". The study says more-intelligent adults have fewer accidental injuries, although lesser-intelligence adults can make some of it up by being educated.

I did labs at Kaiser today and had lunch at Chilis -- chips & salsa and a Caeser side salad -- and two booths away from me was a high school girl and what looked like her grandmother. The girl was very loud and all, "like, you know?" and the grandma was "Uhhuh." She spent my entire meal time talking about the romance problems she has and how people misinterpret things and how this guy loves her and that guy does but she's not interested, but now her friend is, etc. All I could think was that I was glad I was too geeky for that kind of thing. I dated a lot in high school, but there wasn't any intrigue.

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From:mjlayman
Date:January 11th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, and mine went up once I had the stroke. I suspect they tested healthy people.
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From:akirlu
Date:January 11th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
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Well, "tested healthy people" is one possibility. Another is that smarter people with health problems or disabilities will still be less accident prone than less smart people with comparable disabilities or health problems. It's hardly being claimed that intelligence is the *only* factor in being accident prone, merely that if you isolate for that variable, there's a difference between smarter people in the aggregate and dumber people in the aggregate.
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From:akirlu
Date:January 11th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Well, it wouldn't be radically surprising to find that not doing stupid stuff also correlates with not being sleep deprived.
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From:akirlu
Date:January 11th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
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It is vaguely comforting to know that science supports the notion that smart people are somewhat less likely to do dumb things than dumb people.
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From:ckd
Date:January 11th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Further evidence, though I still like to make the distinction between INT and WIS in RPG terms. (Like, when I was 19? INT high, WIS maybe not so much.)
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