Thursday, February 11, 2010

IQ and Heart Disease

Not-particularly-insightful article - click the title to read it - at least for someone with an awareness of good study design.

IQ has a correlation with many outcomes and behaviors: educational attainment and performance, income and wealth, marital and social status, choice of residence, work review and performance. That people with lower IQ wind up worse off isn’t surprising, but how much IQ predicts health outcomes, and how much the interaction of other IQ-related outcomes needs to be elucidated.

The problem with the article is that it did not tease apart issues, nor did it delve deeply into other correlations, and will be used by right-wing racists to deny care to minorities.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Personal Annual Reports

The most interesting idea - click the title to read the article - that it might become the norm to track one's life, opens many possibilities. Like credit card companies that provide end-of-year spending reports, an automated collection service would be an interesting tool for examining and improving one's life. Did I really eat that poorly? Did I really spend that many hours playing video games? Although the specter of Big Brother hangs over our new age of technology, with corporations and the government tracking our digital lives, so does the hope that technology can be used to bring a greater, enjoyable, self-aware life.

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