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Monday, June 20, 2005

Size Matters? 

VCU researchers have published a study which claims to firmly establish a link between brain size and intelligence. Without access to the full text (or time to deal with it) I can't say for sure that this is as much a load of crap as it sounds, but I'm willing to guess that it is.

There are centuries of bad studies making this claim, all of them seeking a nice, clean, easily measurable way of predicting a person's aptitude. All of them have proved bobkis. If you measure brain size the right way I am certain that it correlates to intelligence. I'm also certain that if you measure it in another right way it correlates to a preference for Chianti over Chablis, or dying your hair green in high school.

It's all in what you measure.

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