1000 years ago a Muslim polymath named Ibn Haytham studied a wide range of subjects, including Aristotle, Galen, and Ptolemy of whom Westerners have heard much. He was also influenced by the Banū Mūsā and Thābit ibn Qurra who helped found statistics of whom Westerners have heard little. Because Ibn Haytham was a Mixed Mental Artist he drew from this vast knowledge to help found what today we would “consider modern scientific methodology, due to his emphasis on experimental data and reproducibility of its results.”
Yes, ladies and gents, science was invented by a Muslim.
You may have thought science was invented by the West because that was the story told by the West. We are told lots of stories that seem true or reasonable if you don’t have all the relevant information. W.E.I.R.D. Science’s view of itself is a lot like DJ Khaled’s.
Ibn Haytham saw further because he had the wisdom to appreciate the cumulative contributions of many individuals from around the world.
Mixed Mental Arts aims to encourage that spirit. How far can 7.5 billion humans see empowered with technology that allows everyone a voice in a massive exchange of ideas? Further than ever before.
Ibn Haytham’s great insight was that ideas should be tested and retested against reality. Those that describe reality well live. Those that don’t…die. And from that death the possibility for new and better ideas is born.
Mixed Mental Arts is working to get everyone’s ideas out in the open so we can test them against reality and against the available evidence. The internet is our #IntellectualThunderdome.
The first official battle in the #IntellectualThunderdome is about the story of the I.Q. Test, courtesy of our friend Sam Harris.
On the Joe Rogan Experience, Sam shared his annoyance at Hunter Maats for repeatedly challenging Sam’s beliefs about neuroscience. He specifically claimed that Hunter Maats doesn’t understand “half the relevant biology.”
Then Sam interviewed Charles Murray, author of The Bell Curve, in which among other things they concluded that the I.Q. Test is the best predictor of employment success and that there are undeniable racial differences in intelligence.
We couldn’t be more excited!!! This is a very clear, testable hypothesis. Now, we can hold Sam Harris intellectually accountable on what he believes. Hunter Maats has pieced together seven fields of neuroscience and psychology into The Straight-A Conspiracy, has interviewed over 200 experts, and can explain what he understands of the relevant biology. We can see which story—the one presented by Sam Harris or the one presented by Hunter Maats—best fits reality.
We’re calling this first #IntellectualThunderdome a “Walk Off” because Sam Harris bears an uncanny resemblance to Derek Zoolander, and because we are not out to destroy Sam Harris the person. It’s not personal; we only want to replace his problematic story with an updated one. But we also think science should be fun.
So get out the popcorn and settle in. The #IntellectualThunderdome is about to begin and you are the judges. Let’s resolve the debate about I.Q. once and for all.
Two ideas enter. One idea leaves. Just the way Ibn Haytham would have wanted it.
Oh, and Derek Zoolander, you can Dere-lick my balls. Joe is right. You said Candyman.