Some goon on NPR last night said the following (and this is as close to a direct quote as I can remember, I’m not paraphrasing)
Except do anything or make anything for which other people are willing to give them money for, apparently.
My take: this guy may be a complete loon. To provide you some context, he was teaching classes in inner cities to poor people, and the classes focused on the humanities: literature, art, history, sociology, and the like. Now, if what he means is that poor people are as able to appreciate art or good literature as are rich people but they don’t have the time because they’re trying to make ends meet and whatnot, then I think he does have a point, and is niether a goon nor a loon.
However, if he wants us to take his statements at face value, then he’s completely off his rocker. I think that differences in intelligence go a long way (over half the way, i’d say) to account for differences in net worth and lifetime income (see The Bell Curve on this point)*, and the fact that this guy would choose to deny the existence of this relationship to me is totally ludicrous.
Whatta y’all think? I’m wondering how the majority of folks feel about this and what you think the implications of believing one way or the other are.
*The parts of this book about race and intelligence caused a bit of a firestorm that obscured the excellent scholarship in other areas. I may google up an online cite discussing this (and feel free to GIY), but it’s really a matter of opinion anyway (because it relates to how intelligence is defined, etc.).