Thursday, 24 June 2010

How I learnt to love the atomic power station

This psychiatrist chap was surely on to something:
Intelligence tests recently carried out [in 1956] among more than a thousand children in Wolverhampton schools appear to show a striking and quite unexpected increase in the mental capacity of children born since 1945. A psychiatrist concerned in the tests has suggested that the most probable hypothesis to account for this change is the effect on the brain of the increase in "background radio-activity".
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These instances impelled Dr Thomson to search for more "prodigies" in Wolverhampton. He found what he was not looking for – namely, that all the children of this age group were by pre-war standards remarkably advanced. Having failed to find any other convincing explanation of this phenomenon, he has tentatively put forward the theory that only stimulation of the mind of the growing child by "background" atomic radiation seems to fit the facts.

Psychiatry, that's a science isn't it? And facts are facts. Actually, he turned out to be more right that he knew. I believe we've been getting clever ever since he ran those tests - I mean look at the improvement in GCSE results.

Get those atomic power stations built, and we could breed a race of super-intellegent, atomic-powered Britons. Chris Huhne - stop doing that and focus.


H/t Marginal Revolution.

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