Thursday, December 04, 2008
'Iodine deficiency results in a needless loss of 1 billion IQ points around the world.' Well thanks for that Nicholas D. Kristof, though I fear that such an exotic quantification may impair the undoubted strength of your case. The readers is pulled up short by a series of intrusive thoughts - 'Hang on that's only one sixth of an IQ point per person, no need for me to worry - Oh and IQ is now known to be culturally determined so how can points be meaningfully aggregated across cultures? - And, hey, what would it be like to have an IQ of one billion? - Oh, wait a minute, I have... 'People of the world, do not be afraid. I am your new god. Call me Iodine, I am here to help.''
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 7:48 am