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Doctor Cynic Donating Member (965 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 03:32 PM
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Intelligent 'have better sperm'
Source: BBC

Men of higher intelligence tend to produce better quality sperm, UK research suggests.

A team from the Institute of Psychiatry analysed data from former US soldiers who served during the Vietnam war era.

They found that those who performed better on intelligence tests tended to have more - and more mobile - sperm.

The study, which appears in the journal Intelligence, appears to support the idea that genes underlying intelligence may have other biological effects too.

Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7767877.stm



Does this mean that freepers' sperm tend to be bad quality?
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 03:34 PM
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1. Let me know when the market value for smart sperm rises.
And as it's been proven nerds and geeks are ostracized and don't get laid as much, it also gives credibility to those why say America has been dumbed down. :P
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:44 PM
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2. Who knew I had a few billion miniature Michael Phelpses swimming around in there?
Not any females, that's for sure. :(
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catnhatnh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:56 PM
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3. I just checked...
and mine looks just like you'ld find in any used condoms. So I either miss the point or just love the challenge...
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:57 PM
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4. If I had only known...I could have used that as an excuse!
Wait a minute...I misread that as "bitter"
Sorry
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Festivito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:02 PM
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5. No wonder dictators kill the intelligentsia--increases their chances.
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 05:03 PM by Festivito
I wonder if their need to reproduce forces their feelings to disdain anything but procreative sex.

Perhaps this would explain why they are so socially conservative, and as well, closeted when not.

And it would explain why they are so adamant about their values.
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ElboRuum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:02 PM
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6. Of course it's bad quality...
...freepers beget more freepers... derrr.
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TygrBright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:13 PM
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7. heehee.... Betcha Obama's sperm can leap tall buildings in a single bound! n/t
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:14 PM
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8. My sperm are so smart they swim in formation.
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:20 PM
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10. Ha! My sperm built a boat
:)
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:45 PM
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13. Yes but mine
designed the engine for your boat and it runs on sea water for fuel.
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:03 PM
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14. Drat!
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PfcHammer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:54 PM
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25. My sperm are honor students
:rofl:
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keroro gunsou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 01:57 PM
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47. not exactly
you said say, my sperm are future honor students.
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GentryDixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:20 PM
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9. I wonder how much it cost to figure that out.
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pipoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 01:35 AM
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36. Don't know but it sure took a looooong time to compile the data...
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benld74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:35 PM
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11. Really?!
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sofa king Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:36 PM
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12. Too bad smarter sperm doesn't make smarter people.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:19 PM
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15. That's because, if intelligent sperm doesn't know the way,
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 06:25 PM by Uncle Joe
it will at least stop and ask for directions instead of wasting all of it's energy swimming about aimlessly, which by the way also makes intelligent sperm more *environmentally sustainable.

* I was tempted to say green but that might scare some people in regards to sperm.

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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:25 PM
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16. Great; more fodder for the pro-eugenics asshats.
Sigh.
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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:36 AM
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17. Blonde joke coming......must keep mouth shut.......
:spank:

I'm gonna get tombstoned......

Just STFU........

:spank:

Ok, I'm under control now.
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 04:08 AM
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18. "Intelligence" - as measured with what, by who?
freaking nazis.

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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 08:46 AM
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21. Get over yourself, IQ measures are hardly controversial
The thing about it IQ measures IQ or what is known in the field as "g" general intelligence. Ability to process new information. People with higher G do better in life (on average) then those of us with lower g, because they are smarter.
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 01:55 PM
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27. IQ measures are in fact very controversial, & "g" is bullshit.
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TheDoorbellRang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 10:19 PM
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34. IQ tests have been controversial for decades
My favorite quote by one of the critics of IQ tests went something like this: "IQ tests can be said to be an accurate measure only of how well a subject takes IQ tests."
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TWiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 06:06 AM
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19. Females of higher beauty harvest better sperm
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Honeycombe8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:43 PM
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29. Why use "beauty" as the gauge for women, when "intelligence" is the gauge being discussed?
Women have intelligence, too.
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 01:14 PM
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46. Was that supposed to be funny?
Stupid comment.
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 07:04 AM
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20. Sounds like a new pick-up line
for DU males.
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nolabels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 10:31 PM
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35. Something about the line " Don't worry, i am only stupid enough to be shooting blanks" might......
not work with a more intelligent counter part :D
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jody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 09:38 AM
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22. When will society decide that only men with high IQ can have more than one child? n/t
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:08 AM
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23. At least my gay sperm dresses better
:D
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 12:17 PM
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24. What a paradox!
Only an idiot chooses to have kids.

:sarcasm:
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AlphaCentauri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 01:09 PM
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26. How many kids did Einstein have?
:silly:
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Honeycombe8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:43 PM
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30. You mean that he knew of? He was a womanizer. nt
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ohio2007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 02:42 PM
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28. what dumbass paid for that "study" ?
If theirs a pay day in it, somebody will tell you what you want to hear
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Honeycombe8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:44 PM
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31. Then why are there so many stooopid people in the world? Are the smart men...
Are the smart men not having sex often enough?
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 04:02 PM
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32. could it be that intelligence leads to healthier eating habits which produce healthier sperm?
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0rganism Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 04:53 PM
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33. Intelligent sperm swim smarter, not harder (nt)
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pipoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 01:43 AM
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37. I wonder why the people I see with the most kids
usually don't strike me as rocket scientists or brain surgeons...
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 12:24 PM
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38. leave Trig alone! It's not Todd's fault!!!!!
he's half Caribou Barbie, too!
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 03:37 PM
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39. I'm smarter than a 5th grader
I beat them ALMOST every week!
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JonQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 03:56 PM
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40. Which is entirely compensated for
by an increased use of safe sex practices.

So the less intelligent are still able to out breed everyone else.
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bamacrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 04:01 PM
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41. Then why do so many unintelligent have so many kids.
There are mega families all over all homeschooling their kids creating little walking talking bible thumpers. Im not saying that bible thumpers are inherently stupid but there are alot of stupid people who have tons of kids. But im sure promiscuity is not taken into account in this study either. But the quality argument makes sense.
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:47 AM
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42. Perhaps, but the fact remains that there are sperm that can be *too* healthy..
http://www.rawbw.com/~svw/superman.html

(...)

First we must collect the semen. The globules will emerge at transsonic speeds. Superman must first ejaculate, then fly frantically after the stuff to catch it in a test tube. We assume that he is on the Moon, both for privacy and to prevent the semen from exploding into vapor on hitting the air at such speeds.

He can catch the semen, of course, before it evaporates in vacuum. He's faster than a speeding bullet.

But can he keep it?

All known forms of kryptonian life have superpowers. The same must hold true of living kryptonian sperm. We may reasonably assume that kryptonian sperm are vulnerable only to starvation and to green kryptonite; that they can travel with equal ease through water, air, vacuum, glass, brick, boiling steel, solid steel, liquid helium, or the core of a star; and that they are capable of translight velocities.

What kind of a test tube will hold such beasties?

Kryptonian sperm and their unusual powers will give us further trouble. For the moment we will assume (because we must) that they tend to stay in the seminal fluid, which tends to stay in a simple glass tube. Thus Superman and LL can perform artificial insemination.

At least there will be another generation of kryptonians.

Or will there?

(...)


Considerably more hilarity at the link..

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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:40 AM
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43. Then WHY OH WHY are there so many stupid people?
E.g., the Republican Party?

Bake
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 12:06 PM
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44. Simply outnumbered.
See .40 & .41 but the basic premise is that the less intelligent
still have the capacity to breed and take every opportunity to
do so ... thus increasing the numerical superiority of the inferior
sub-type.

Past discussions along these lines tend to turn into a flame-fest
so we'd better leave it there but the current situation supports
the hypothesis that homo sapiens sapiens is just one of the many
species going extinct this century and being rapidly replaced by
homo not-very-sapiens-at-all ...
:shrug:
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Alter Ego Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 12:12 PM
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45. IQ 135, ladies.
:quagmire:
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