In my post on Affirmative action and desegregation causing permanent decline in the Black community I discussed the devastating effect of skimming off all high IQ Blacks and removing them from their communities, but there is another place we can see this IQ vacuum effect quite starkly coming to light now–the creative arts.
Every time a new field opens up to high IQ participation it explodes with brilliance, until every possible permutation of that field becomes exhausted. This manner by which the high G populace burns through a field of endeavor leaves tunnels in its wake like earthworms burrowing through the soft earth, and like those earthworm tubes, these tunnels are inevitably filled with the shit and detritus of those who come along after–AKA, books, plays, movies and music now.
It is impossible not to notice that over the 20th century to now several art forms flourished, peaked and dropped dead seemingly with no cause. the Novel, the Play, Rock Music (which is now dead and gone, sorry), film (also irrevocably dead). A big flurry of brilliance followed by an experimental period then inevitable decline. What causes this? If you go back at least to the Renaissance, you see that at any given period the most intelligent men possible cluster around the newest form of expression available to them, in Painting, Sculpture and Church Architecture from the Renaissance to the Baroque, then “Classical Music”, then in the Enlightenment a shift away from the creative arts begins and towards language based g loaded endeavors–philosophy, the novel, the play. The novel and the play continue on until the 20th century as high g endeavors, the play giving way to the film and tv show, and eventually so the novel. At the same time these creative arts were coming to the fore, Science, Math and the technological arts were in their infancy–not having yet developed sufficiently to draw all latent G lurking around unoccupied to them.
Have advancements in the non-“creative” fields like Science, Math, Engineering and Programming put the final nail in Art’s coffin by drawing all high IQ people into it and away from non reality based endeavors? A good example of this in action is the history of Rock. Scads of college kids enter the field of popular music at a certain point and there is an explosion of creative genius in the 60s-80s, culminating in the final synthesis of it all in the early 90s and then BAM! a precipitous decline in quality. For the first time following this decline cycle no NEW genres developing in its wake, just perpetual ironic mimesis, where all bands seem lik ” tribute” bands to a bygone era. It’s tempting to say “kids today!” and blame on social factors like medication in schools or decline of music study in general–but the truth is, the G has moved on. Where is it clustering now? Video game design? Economics? Computer programming?