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Unger IOP Outliers and Watchmen

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Jonathan Unger

on 20 May 2013

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Transcript of Unger IOP Outliers and Watchmen

IQ = 195
Post-Secondary Degree = none
Lives = on a horse ranch
Current work = CTMU
Publishing date = never
Why? The "Termites" Outliers and Intelligence Outliers and Intelligence The World's Smartest Man Outliers and Intelligence Oppenheimer and Practical Intelligence Watchmen and Intelligence "not because he was smarter than Langdan. It’s because he possessed the kind of savy that allowed him to get what he wanted from the world.” (Gladwell 100) IQ < Communication Jonathan Unger General Intelligence vs. Practical Intelligence Psychologist Robert Sternberg calls “practical intelligence” “knowing what to say to whom, knowing when to say it, and knowing how to say it for maximum effect.” (Gladwell 101) “it is a kind of intelligence separate from the sort of analytical intelligence measured by IQ.”(Gladwell 101) “general intelligence and practical intelligence are orthogonal: the presence of one does not imply the presence of the other.” (Gladwell 101) Outliers and Intelligence Study performed by Lewis Terman, professor of psychology at Stanford University and creator of the IQ test, in the 1920s on children with high intelligence. “We have seen that intellect and achievement are far from perfectly correlated.” - Terman (Gladwell 90) No Practical Intelligence Cultural Context: 1980s Cold War Why does this take on intelligence appear in the Watchmen? The Watchmen was written in 1985. By this time, summits had begun to take place between US President Reagan and Soviet Premier Gorbachev. Communication was more effective in thawing the Cold War than was nuclear force. Watchmen and Intelligence Dr. Manhattan Allan Moore sharply contrasts Dr. Manhattan’s power with his weakness throughout the Watchmen. “I can’t prevent the future. To me, it’s already happening.” (Moore 4.16.2 ) This is to show that although he possesses god-like powers, he is incapable of reaching his full potential. His weakness lies in his practical intelligence. Watchmen and Intelligence Dr. Manhattan Dr. Manhattan's dialogue appears in blue bubbles within white circles. It is as if his words are imprisoned, emphasizing Dr. Manhattan's communication weakness and lack of practical intelligence. Watchmen and Intelligence Dr. Manhattan “you know how everything in the world fits together except people” - Janey Watchmen and Intelligence “this world’s smartest man means no more to me than does its smartest termite” -Dr. Manhattan Dr. Manhattan Chapter 4
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Frame 3 Chapter 12
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Frame 3 Watchmen and Intelligence “Even if I can’t predict where I’m going to find you, I can turn this place into glass” - Dr. Manhattan Dr. Manhattan Chapter 12
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Frame 2 Watchmen and Intelligence Although Manhattan is omnipotent, he remains, in essence, a government tool. He lacks the practical intelligence to reach his full potential. Dr. Manhattan vs. Ozymandias Ozymandias, though he lacks the general intelligence possessed by Manhattan, he is more successful because he uses practical knowledge. Is IQ More Valuable than Communication Skill? Practical vs. General Intelligence through the lens of Outliers and Watchmen
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