Saturday, September 05, 2009

More on Alphas and Betas: Let's compare these two groups. Keep in mind that I'm defining them as guys with twenty or more lifetime sex partners and those with one or two, and I'm focusing on white thirty-somethings from this decade:



Alphas are a bit smarter, but are less educated. They earn substantially more, but have less prestigious jobs. They are less likely have a religion, they attend services much less often, and they are less politically conservative.

5 comments:

ironrailsironweights said...

So why the income/education/job prestige mismatch between Alphas and Betas? Two things come to mind:

1. Alphas being less likely to be married and have children than Betas, they're also more geographically mobile, more readily able to move around in search of better job opportunities and leave depressed regions.

2. Alphas may concentrate in (indeed derive some of their Alphaness from) manly type jobs that pay well but don't always require much formal education, for example construction trades and skilled industrial work.

There surely are other reasons, but these ones sound plausible.

Peter

Anonymous said...

Alphas in sales?

That can pay well. Seems they could be suited to it.

KingM said...

The world doesn't divide neatly between these two categories, however. What about guys with, say, five or six sexual partners? Do we have a name for them? Do they just split the difference in personality between these two types?

Thursday said...

Looks like the "alphas" are composed of two groups:

1. Low IQ idiots.
2. High IQ guys in sale jobs etc.

I am willing to bet that it is the first group that is boosting up the number of children, while the latter are boosting the IQ score.

Thursday said...

Could you compare the distribution of IQ scores for both groups?