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Prof says IQ, reasoning
By PETER MAVERICK
A good bookworm isn't
necessarily a good bookmaker,
according to a University professor.
Engineering Prof. Jeffrey Liker,
who studied the relationship
between peoples' intelligence
quotients and their ability to match
professional handicapper's picks in
horse races, said a person with a'
high IQ is no better at figuring out
the multiple factors needed in
handicapping than anyone else.
Liker said accurately guessing
which horse will win a race is a
complex process involving many
variables called "multivariate
In 1982 and 1983, Liker and
Stephen Ceci of Cornell University
studied 30 men who regularly
patronized the Brandywine Raceway
outside Wilmington, Del. for at
least 8 years. About half exhibited a
considerably better knowledge of
horse racing than the other half.
Liker and Ceci then tested these
men on how well they used data
such as track conditions, the length
of the race, the size of the jockey,
and the horse's past performance to
choose the top placing horses.
Their choices were then compared
with the choices of a professional
When choosing the top placing
horse, the group with the better
knowledge of horse racing made the
same choice as the professional
oddsmaker nine out of 10 times.
The other men chose the top horse
only four out of 10 times.
IQ, Liker said, made no
difference in a subject's ability to
pick the winners.
Although IQ tests include
questions on multivariate reason-
ing, these questions are abstract,
Liker said. When multivariate
reasoning is used in a practical
realm, such as horse racing, IQ
loses its validity.
He conjectures that men with
low IQs are better at practical
reasoning than abstract reasoning,
despite the same difficulty level,
because they do not have the
patience to analyze abstract prob-
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House approves budget plan
WASHINGTON - The House yesterday approved a $1 trillion
Democratic budget that would raise $18 billion in new taxes, slash'
President Reagan's military buildup and block White House plans for
sharp decreases in domestic programs.
The House endorsed the plan drafted by its Budget Committee, al -
though no Republicans voted for it.
"The resolution today adopts a very solid budget which many
economists believe can make a difference between continued economic
growth in the United States and economic stagnation," said Speaker Jim
Wright (D-Texas). "This budget reduces the deficit in a balanced way,"
However, most lawmakers conceded the blueprint would fail to meet
the $108 billion deficit target of the Gramm-Rudman budget-balancing
law. Democrats argued it did more to cut red ink than any other op
tions, including the president's.
Truck spills sulfuric acid
MONROE - Cleanup crews yesterday removed hundreds of gallons
of hazardous sulfuric acid spilled on Interstate 75 by a tanker-truck that
crashed into a guard rail in rural Monroe County, authorities said.
The 3,300-gallon tanker crashed at 4:17 a.m. in Frenchtown
Township, prompting authorities to close the freeway in both directions
for much of the day, evacuate a one-mile area, and declare a local state
"It is a substantial spill so they are taking all the precautions they
can," said Clayton Charron, county public information officer. He said
fumes from the soil posed little threat to residents because of light
About 100 residents who voluntarily evacuated a one-mile area
yesterday morning remained out of their homes yesterday afternoon,
while a seven-mile southbound stretch of the freeway remained closed in:
Nuclear plant shuts down
BRIDGMAN, Mich. - Operators shut down the D. C. Cook
nuclear power plant and declared the lowest of four levels of emergency"
after discovering radioactive water leaking from the reactor's cooling
system, a plant spokesman said yesterday.
The leak was discovered about 1 a.m. Wednesday, and the "unusual,
event" emergency declaration ended about six hours later when workers
discovered the source, said Eustace Smarrella, plant spokesman. The
plant will be shut down for about a week, he said.
A small valve inside the plant's conta'inment building leaked more.
than 1 gallon of water per minute, he said. The valve was part of a
system used to filter and purify water that cools the reactor.
Soviet visit raises hopes for
PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia - More than 150,000 people warmly
greeted Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev when he arrived in Prague'
yesterday for a visit that has raised hopes among many Czechoslovaks
that their conservative leadership will adopt recent Kremlin reforms.
Gorbachev held his first talks with host Gustav Husak, president and
Communist party leader, after an airport welcome and a ceremonial'
Little detail emerged from the talks, but a Soviet spokesman said
they concerned cooperation between the Communist parties in Moscow
How to be a low-budget spy
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A dimestore toy called Magic Slate has suddenly emerged as a
counter-intelligence device after two members of Congress used it to
transmit messages inside the bug-riddled U.S: Embassy in Moscow.
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Created by a corset factory caretaker dluring the Depression, the slates'
are an unlikely tool in a cloak-and-dagger world that prides itself on
sophistication and high-technology.
"We always knew they had practical uses, but we never dreamed
they'd play a role in national security," said Kim McLynn,
spokeswoman for the Magic Slate manufacturer, Western Publishing
When the toymaker heard that Rep. Dan Mica (D-Fla.) and Rep..
Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) had been advised to take Magic Slates to-:
Moscow, it quickly dispatched 50 cases - about 2,500 slates - to the
The Soviet Union is not among Magic Slate's customers, McLynn
said, but Syria - a Soviet ally - is.
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