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Friday, January 19, 2007

Shaquille O'Neal & MENSA

I found this interesting article regarding earning potential and height. Social psychologists have long suspected the reason taller people make more money than shorter people is because taller people are perceived to be smarter and more capable. Evolutionary psychologists would probably argue taller people are perceived to be stronger and more likely to survive (male deer with the bigger horns or peacocks with the most feathers).
Recent studies have shown, however, that taller people are just more intelligent than shorter people. All of this brings up an interesting point: if Yao Ming, Shaq, and Tim Duncan didn't play basketball and devoted more time to school, would they be geniuses? I cannot imagine Manute Bol would be president of MENSA or work for NASA as an astrophysicist.
The moral? Give your kids HGH to make them taller, or marry some Amazon woman.

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