The economic organization of our society—which increasing rewards intelligence—is a significant factor.The creation of a “knowledge-based economy” means that those who are more intelligent have an advantage over those who are not.Less intelligent women have more opportunities to marry because of their ability to attract higher IQ men and the willingness of both sexes to allow for this intelligence gap in relationships.Less intelligent men have less opportunities to marry, either because intelligent women are unwilling to “marry down” or because the men don’t want to “marry up.” So the real question we are addressing is: why does this discrepancy exist?
If people were confined to dating and marrying within their IQ range, there would have to be about an equal balance between the outcomes of men and women across the IQ bell curve.S., this put my math skills somewhere in the 1-in-a-100,000 to 1-in-1-million range. Being that good at something had several significant benefits.One benefit was that I had a ton of confidence in high school, and that confidence quickly extended far beyond math.Now Nicole Lapin, my colleague here at CNBC, has tried to explain why smart women want to date smart men. The Gloss wanted to know why smart men were dating less intelligent women, while Lapin wrote about why smart women date smart men.There’s obviously a missing category here: men on the left hand side of the intelligence bell-curve.
Anyway, the confidence was great, and doing well in various math competitions helped me get into some of the top universities, which resulted in me getting great jobs after college, and subsequently led to a very happy and successful career (so far).