Do smart people change faster?

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Is there a correlation between the adoption curve and IQ (or whatever measure of general intelligence / compassion / connection making etc you choose to use)?

If this is true, new services start and seem interesting, but for every subsequent member that joins there is a fall in average IQ for for group.

Adoption curve

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IQ distribution curve

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What it means to live at the optimum

“Life can only be lived dangerously – there is no other way to live it. It is only through danger that life attains to maturity, growth. One needs to be an adventurer, always ready to risk the known for the unknown. And once one has tasted the joys of freedom and fearlessness, one never repents because then one knows what it means to live at the optimum. Then one knows what it means to burn your life’s torch from both ends together. And even a single moment of that intensity is more gratifying than the whole eternity of mediocre living.” – Osho

Mastery, Autonomy, Purpose & Utopia

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Mandating “Good Things” = very hard and lots of fights
Listing “Unacceptable Things” = really easy, lots of consensus
Listing “Desirable Things” = easy, lots of consensus if not mandatory

Things that make all humans happy: Mastery, Autonomy, Purpose.

Allow people to work towards desirable things (purpose) without mandating them (autonomy) whilst getting better at doing stuff (mastery) and life will be spangled unicorns.

Customer service times

Numbers I’d like to see for every business:

  • Live and average time to answer sales┬ácalls
  • Live and average time to answer support calls
  • Time between payment & service (re)activation

The peace of the lobotomised or the peace of the contended?

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That we’re getting better at not killing each other because of international trade co-dependence is a double edged sword. It brings a certain type of peace, but also eg economic sanctions which keep people incompetent. Peaceful, yes. Prosperous no.

Not having citizens protest in the streets because they’re resigned to its futility is peaceful, too. But passive hopelessnesss is not a precursor to prosperity.

We need to be careful what we measure. Number of premature deaths per capita is good, but once we’re below a certain threshold (and it is 2015 so we should be), other indicators tell us more, eg social mobility, enfranchisement, equality and equity, health, happiness, number of people with hobbies and so on.