Monday, April 20, 2009

ANSWER to Mystery Question of the Week (submariner average intelligence)

SUBMARINER BACKGROUND
Causes for Rejection are:
Because of the nature of the duties and responsibilities of each person in a submarine, the psychological fitness of applicants for submarine training must be carefully appraised. The objective is to elicit evidence of tendencies which might prevent satisfactory adjustment to submarine life. Among these are below average intelligence, ... source. Obviously then, submariners must possess average or higher intelligence. What is average? At one time, we had a USNA Honor Man in our ustaboat crew. He could quickly perform phenomenally accurate fire control calculations in his head, and was a true genius (not the only one).

Read on ...


QUESTION BACKGROUND
The bell curve distribution for IQ scores tells us that two thirds of the world’s population has an IQ somewhere between 85 and 115. This means that some four and a half billion people around the globe share just 31 numerical values (“he’s a 94,” “you’re a 110,” “I’m a 103”), equivalent to 150 million people worldwide sharing the same IQ score.

Mystery Question of the Week - 4-16-2009:
Who summarized IQ scores in this way?
This sounds a lot to me like astrology, which lumps everyone into one of 12 signs of the zodiac.

Answer:
Daniel Paul Tammet, 30, a British high-functioning autistic savant gifted with a facility for mathematical and natural language learning. The first of nine children, to working-class parents in London, he has been termed Brainman, one of an estimated 5o people in the world with prodigious calculating and sensory abilities. Tammet, an author, holds the European record for recalling and reciting the first 22,514 digits of pi. Tammet's arduous feat required five hours and nine minutes.[5] Some of Tammet's other abilities can be seen in under 5 minutes here:




Link to Tammet interview From the April 2009 Scientific American Mind.

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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1 Comments:

At 28 April, 2009 00:50, Blogger bothenook said...

vig, seawolf pie wandered somewhere between half baked dough filled with canned excessively sweetened fruit goo, to truly sublime pumpkin.
but then, that's probably not what you meant when you tagged your post.

oh, and who can forget the mystery meat glop pot pie? chicken ala king, pork ala king, beef ala king, turkey ala king, huge pans full with a greasy gooey crust topping.
our chop screwed up, spent too much money, so he had to get creative one run with the grub.
almost had a mutiny.

 

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