Friends of my generation who weren’t in families with a computer they could play around on have ended up far less comfortable with tech. I would love to see data like this broken out by class background.
I suspect companies have historically been overvalued based on what a techie user could get out of them rather than their intended user. Does this happen with phone apps too?
Are there modes of instruction that help people advance in these skills? They seem like they ought to have a lot of impact, and yet I don’t think I see training around me.
How does good/bad UI design impact this?
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So even given
instead you’re projecting the idea that IQ accurately tracks something meaningful and immutable onto “advanced” tech skills (which, let’s be clear, in this context are explicitly not Ph.D. stuff) because of… the shape of a distribution?
Fair enough. Re-reading that comment, it isn’t very clear what I meant and it’s also true that the fact that something looks like a bell curve doesn’t mean at all that it’s related to IQ.
What I was trying to say is that the tasks given to the participants were at least as much about reasoning skills as about the computer skills and it is hard to separate the two.
I alway thought (was taught) that IQ is fixed and cannot really be changed so I found the study you linked especially interesting. If this is indeed broadly proven, it would change my entire worldview! Where can I read more about this?
TWICE this post has disappeared TWICE I have written out a nice long reply and it’s died… Oh my GOD I hate this so much
so EVEN MORE BRIEFLY full of polemic, but talks about how IQ is asymmetrically reliable more meaningful / reliable on the low end. so the idea of IQ being mutable is then obvious from things we know drag people down toward that end: long-term air pollution exposure, childhood poverty, childhood lead exposure, etc.
the concept of IQ is that it is a measurement of whatever component of intelligence is fixed, so it’s hard to talk about it changing when the No True Scotsman rejoinder is “well then you weren’t really measuring IQ”. that said there’s a lot of interesting stuff about situational impacts on intelligence test results
if you pay people money for good scores, some low IQ scores rise, which suggests that one contributor to IQ is caring about shit like test scores which then should not surprise us would impact success “on this removed of an earth”
this has good links
Sorry for Going Off; I’m touchy about the topic because when it comes to actually advanced computer programming skills, there was this retracted paper that got a lot of traction that people used to justify their belief in their own superiority as people who Just Got programming, and that others just Weren’t Wired That Way. In my CS education it seemed pretty obvious that whether people got it or not had a lot to do with the alignment of their backgrounds and interests with the analogies and explanations that were used, rather than something fundamental, and I found this really really irritating.