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Why I don’t mind lowering my IQ with Twitter: Toward Continuous Social Intelligence

Research has shown that using social software can lower my IQ. I am happy with that because the people in my network are smarter than me anyway. I can afford to drop a few percentage points of my own IQ because of the quality of insights the network brings me. It is like parallel processing. My chip can be lower power, fewer MHz, because this is a clustered, virtualised architecture. I am less intelligent but better connnected. Its a trade off I am more than willing to make. Apparently Alan Kay once said:

“Perspective is worth 80 IQ points.”

From Dave Davison’s blog

Perspective is good. Do we need new measures of IQ based on our networked, rather than individual intelligence? Continuous Social Intelligence- the new CSI.



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  1. You left out the best part of the research: “The relentless influx of emails, cellphone calls and instant messages received by modern workers can reduce their IQ by more than smoking marijuana.” Damn. Does that mean Jimi Hendrix will sound better while twittering?

    Shaving 10 IQ points off the top all depends on what you start with. Because I was alive during the sixties and remember some of it, the shaving started a long time ago. I’m not sure I’m clustered, but I do use reverb.

  2. jeffrey – i used twitter but i didnt’ inhale?

    jgovernorMay 23, 2007 @ 12:44 pmReply



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