Well that's a recommendation not to read about WW2 and certainly not to post on AHF. I deal plenty with practical truths in my day job; here I'm all about the complete lack of practical value.Cult Icon wrote:I think one's purpose should be inch closer to practical truths rather than statistical/theoretical constructions of no practical value that helps advance one's career.
Any association between worth and IQ is worthless, nonetheless IQ measures something real in the world that is correlated with various outcomes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G_factor_ ... l_validityCult Icon wrote:IQ is a pretty flawed /atrocious measurement of the intellectual "worth" of a man
Agreed; that's why I said a rifleman probably wouldn't benefit from IQ over 115 or so. Nonetheless, there is a correlation between general intelligence and discrete battle-related mental faculties like information processing speed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-stratum_theory A soldier with 115 IQ will usually be mentally quicker than one with 90 IQ. He'll usually be better and quicker at, for example, visualizing an enemy system of interlocking defense points.Cult Icon wrote:certainly in say front line combat, it is not a matter of egg heads being the best fighters.
At the upper levels of the general intelligence distribution the correlation between different mental abilities starts to break down. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G_factor_ ... ng_returns That's a bit of research support for the intuition that guy who's best at deep textual analysis isn't necessarily the guy who's best at quickly sizing up a tactical situation on the battlefield.
Thanks for the cites. To be clear I'm not disputing that there were nutritional effects of the GD in US - again it's the effect relative to Germany and Britain. The only comparative data I have so far is height, which I'm using as a proxy for nutritional deficit. That Yanks were taller than Brits and Krauts suggests they had better nutrition, which doesn't contradict the fact that Yanks, Brits, and Krauts all had bad nutrition during the GD. US also drafted a smaller portion of its population than UK and especially Germany, so probably maintained higher draft standards.Richard Anderson wrote:A Square Meal, A Culinary History of the Great Depression.
I have zero personal experience of dairy farms, post-GD or not. Grandpa was squarely a Depression-era kid on a dairy farm though. I'm working remotely from his house this week, as he still lives alone in his mid-90's and will insist on shoveling his driveway or other such fraught tasks if one us isn't there (the caretaker is on vacation). I'll ask him more about his childhood diet. Maybe about whether his dumber fellow soldiers seemed better or worse at soldiering. He shipped off to war against Germany but it ended before he landed. Shot over the heads of some disrespectful German prisoners though.Richard Anderson wrote:I think you may be making unwarranted assumptions based upon limited data...skewed by personal experience on a post-Great Depression era dairy farm.