Tuesday, December 24, 2013

World Bank: Low IQ caused by Outdoor Defecation

The World Bank is a very serious international institution financing large scale development projects, mostly in the so called Third World. Its effectiveness - if measured by the improvement in the welfare of thirdworlders in the last fifty years - is, lets not exaggerate, below zero. I have worked for the World Bank and would be delighted to work again (the pay is very good) and in my opinion, the reason of its secular failure is its institutional ideology of political super-correctness: poverty is caused by lack of education, bad agricultural extension, use of inappropiate technology and of course, lack of capital. Eminently remediable, if only we focus on this issues.

One of its Senior Officers (pic) has discovered another cause of stunted growth and stunted cognitive capability of Third World people:  defecating outdoors. If only they would be provided running water toilets, their children would grow taller and would have higher IQs. Seriously, Let copy some of his ideas:

Did you know that in communities where a high proportion of people defecate outdoors, children are on average shorter than children living in communities where most people use toilets?

New research in Cambodia conducted jointly by the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program and the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (RICE) shows that open defecation contributes significantly to stunting of children.

...  Does this small difference in height matter? Yes it does, because children are not making up for this height loss in their early years and as a result will not achieve their full cognitive potential.
Long-term research studies following individuals in the US and the UK have shown that taller children are more likely to become taller adults, and taller adults are more likely to earn more income, as pointed out by professors at Princeton University Anne Case and Christina Paxson in their research.

Therefore, any linkage between sanitation and child height reveals that exposure to open defecation can be a serious barrier for children growing into tall, smart and ultimately productive adults. This means that tackling open defecation deserves the focused attention of policy makers...

22 comments:

B said...

"The president himself comes and shits on the beach with the people!"-the Vice Guide to Liberia (highly recommended)

I'd like to point out the obvious racis' of assuming a Eurocentric paradigm like IQ and attempting to impose Western modalities of defecation on the African population, which is proud of its ancient tradition of spicing its drinking water with feces, in a blatantly colonialist move. What next, a microaggression on traditional African modes of property acquisition ("gibs")?

"When they came for the beach-shitters, I said nothing-I did not shit on the beach. When they came for the hand-wipers, I said nothing-I used toilet paper, not my hand. When they came for me, while I was in the police station, the beach-shitters and hand-wipers broke into my house, covered it with feces, and stole everything."

Perhaps the entire population of Africa could be moved to countries with indoor plumbing, so that their IQ would be massively boosted and the entire world would benefit. I think Germany or maybe the US could volunteer to step up and take one for the team.

Anonymous said...

I was just in a store where there was a Watusi looking gentlemen - a good 6'-8" or so. I didn't ask his IQ but I'm sure he is much smarter than I am as a result of his height.

Americans blacks are smarter than African blacks. This is surely due to the ubiquity of indoor plumbing in the US.

K

Anonymous said...

The World Bank and all similar organizations, to the extent they depart from their fundamental agenda of perpetuating the status quo, slip preferentially into cargo cult thinking.

Come to think of it, the entire third world development/aid apparatus, with rare exceptions,amounts to little more than a giant hybrid between a Potemkin Village and a Cargo Cult.

Anon.

J said...

The World Bank is in fac against development. I arrived to that conclusion when they rejected the Transamazonic Highway because the highway would spoil the rainforest. They also stopped all large dams. They only finance urban water projects and agricultural extension.

spagetiMeatball said...

How could one highway spoil that obscene enormous green hell?

J said...

The naked Indians living in that snake infested jungle did not enjoy civilization and paid inflated prices for the machetes and handaxes that the Jewish traders of Manaus sold them. A highway would have connected them with the developed sea board and sell their Brazil nuts and jaguar skins for good money. The Greens and the environmentalists wanted to preserve the primitive beauty of the piranha infested rivers and the magical multicoloured parrots, and of course the traditional way of living of the natives and their yearly raids on the neighboring tribe to kill the men and enslave the women. Not all he women, only the worthies. So the mighty World Bank gave up and the road was never built. After that movie about the magical forest on Pandora, the World Bank is against development and forcing native girls to cover themelves.

J said...

cont. Not only is the World Bank against bras, it is against shitting on the open, because (if you read the note) it harms people's IQ. I'm not kidding when I say that one of the main preoccupations of the Bank is to make people dig latrines and crap in them. Should the Bank offer me a consulting mission, I'd sell my soul (I'm cheap) and believe enthusiastically in the IQ improving power of latrines.

B said...

The problem is, this is too narrow. We need to take a more holistic view. This problem would go away if the World Bank and the UN just sponsored a treaty making defecation illegal.

I know what you're thinking, but hear me out. First, defecation is disgusting. Second, it creates health problems. Third, it is unquestionably bad for the environment. Fourth, it lowers IQs and thus creates racism.

Of course, people will not stop defecating overnight. This sickening habit didn't form overnight, after all. Educational institutions, NGOs and legal bodies must be created and funded to address the problem. Of course, enforcement measures are needed for habitual defecators who won't stop. Perhaps the US could step in, once it gets out of Afghanistan. I have full faith that with enough consciousness-raising, we can stop this sickening behavior that is destroying our planet and killing our children.

spagetiMeatball said...

If you're making a well-funded NGO, please find me a spot as mid-manager there, I'm a bit strapped for cash...

Anonymous said...

Cochran hinted a while ago that BGI was having trouble finding genes that influence intelligence. For all we know, there are even more genetic loci for intelligence than expected, most with such tiny effect that they are difficult to detect at all.

Rietveld's study found intelligence genes (2% of educational outcome variance).

Shouldn't BGI's brute force genome sweeps do at least as well?

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2013/05/29/science.1235488.abstract

Anonymous said...

Has Rietveld's finding been replicated? Almost all candidates found so far are though to have small individual effects on intelligence. Some might be false positives.

Anonymous said...

Also, educational attainment (the outcome Rietveld studied) is correlated with conscientiousness and other behavioral traits as much as it is correlated with intelligence.

Anonymous said...

Has Rietveld's finding been replicated?

No.

But with BGI scanning every base pair they can confirm if the loci identified by Rietveld influence intelligence.

Almost all candidates found so far are though to have small individual effects

Scientists can prove intelligence varies by race with only a few percent of those genes.

Anonymous said...

IQ has greater impact on schooling than personality.

Anonymous said...

IQ has greater impact on schooling than personality.

Anonymous said...

For all your points, Cochran hinted that BGI is having difficulty finding the genes. The small effect of the many individual candidates is a problem. It may even be more difficult than that. Within any given candidate gene, there could be many polymorphisms among the population of variable effect. The genetics of intelligence is not as trivial a problem to sort out as you think.

Anonymous said...

Cochran hinted that BGI is having difficulty finding the genes.

I'm sure it's difficult. But they only need a few hits to racial IQ variance. Genetic engineering is still a ways off. Many more than 1-2% of the genes need to be located before genetic engineering is feasible. But nobody expects BGI to nail 90%.

By the way, do you have Greg's direct quote?

Anonymous said...

My personal sixpence' worth is that there will be discovered a gene for the linkage of hard thinking to the pleasure centre, which some people have and some do not.

It has been a frequent impression of mine that people who enjoy intellectual work do much more of it, and do it better, than those who dislike it, even though their raw IQ's might be similar.

I think this explains some of the variation in performance which IQ itself does not account for. (While I fully accept that IQ differences do account for most of the variation in performance, they don't account for all of it).

Anon.

Anonymous said...

J,

I need to apologize for my racism, and that I spread it on your blog. I am sorry, and my racism contaimanted anything useful I had to contribute. I am also sorry for insulting you via email recently.

~Ronduck

Anonymous said...

By the way, do you have Greg's direct quote?

From his blog post on November 1st, 2013:

"We now know that although genetic influences on height are very strong, no single allele accounts for much of the variance. We can say the same about intelligence: no single allele accounts for much of the variance. In fact, researchers are having to look at really large samples to find anything."

He rarely gives out everything he knows about the project, so it pays to think about his cryptic comments like the one above. The rest of the post is about potentially easier approaches to boosting intelligence than genetic engineering thousands of tiny-effect polymorphisms. Cochran suggests looking at some of the mutations he thinks might be responsible for Ashkenazi intelligence. The downside is that they have other bad effects, but a temporary medication that simulates their better effects without permanently inducing the bad effects might be valuable.

J said...

Ronduck

You are always welcome. I wondered what had happened to you.

Ronduck said...

If you want to know I ended up homeless and did some outdoor defecating as recently as yesterday. Appeals to Mormonism failed me and I left the Church. I tried during my conversion to attempt to marry Collette Mann at the store I worked at and instead got arrested and ended up unemployed.

Here is a picture of Collette:
http://rustfamily.com/displayimage.php?album=1&pid=34

Collette is the third from the left.

I leterally slept in my car and outdoors for a year or more and had my former employer work to deny me employment locally. I love Viet Nam vets.

Later I got a job a Home Depot and the store number was changed to 669 and the phone number was 480-644-9111. 644 is lterally a city government address block.