Remember the lesson of the Excluded: “The probability of entering and remaining in an intellectually elite profession such as Physician, Judge, Professor, Scientist, Corporate Executive, etc. increases with IQ to about 133. It then falls about 1/3 by 140. By 150 IQ the probability has fallen by 97%! In other words, a significant percentage of people with IQs over 140 are being systematically and, most likely inappropriately, excluded from the population that addresses the biggest problems of our time or who are responsible for assuring the efficient operation of social, scientific, political and economic institutions.”
Or as Taleb puts it: “Beware the semi-erudite who thinks he is an erudite. He fails to naturally detect sophistry. The IYI pathologizes others for doing things he doesn’t understand without ever realizing it is his understanding that may be limited.”
I have advanced a similar theory of my own formulation in this space and elsewhere in the recent past — That the sweet spot for the elected political class is a 115-130 IQ. They need to be smart enough to understand the sometimes weedy and convoluted nature of the work, but if they’re much smarter, the natural arrogance that very high IQ individuals inevitably exhibit will be off-putting to voters, and they’d never win public office.
I think what is at work in Vox Day’s theory about 133 being the nexus of the organized professional intellectual elite is that as you climb into the 140s and 150s, those people think the two-faced system is beneath them, or they get frustrated with it.