Thursday, January 07, 2016
Boy I wish I was smart.
Courtesy of Fast Company:
People are living longer than ever, says a report from the World Health Organization (WHO), but smart people live longer yet. People who are, shall we say, less smart die younger than more intelligent folks, and various studies around the world are attempting to find out why.
IQ affects how long you manage to stick around in this life, with a 15% increase in IQ giving a 21% better chance of not dying. These numbers come from a cohort study by researchers Lawrence Whalley and Ian Deary, using the Scottish Mental Surveys, a historic survey in which almost all 11-year-olds in Scotland got the same IQ test on the same day in 1932. The new study found out which of these subjects were still alive, and at which age others had died.
Scientific American cites one example, where "a person with an IQ of 115 was 21% more likely to be alive at age 76 than a person with an IQ of 100 (the average for the general population)."
Socrates said that "The unexamined life is not worth living."
And I have ALWAYS believed that to be true.
Perhaps one of the reasons that intelligent people live longer is because we don't want to leave until we have figured out the mysteries of life, witnessed every new creation, and basked in the glow of an enlightened planet.
Or perhaps that is just me.