What are your opinions?

Question by psychomanc3r: What are your opinions?
Should people of lower intelligence (inability to learn mental or practical skills and concepts effectively) earn less than people of higher intelligence OR is not fairness (when applied to wealth and therefore the freedoms and enjoyment that wealth offers, such as vacations, reliable transport, enjoyable food, etc.) a requirement of civilised society?
I don’t want a president, I’m British.
To make a judgement on that data, I would have to know who were the other students and how much was learnt in what length of time. Other wise it would be like picking a needle out of a haystack, blindfolded, when there is no needle in the haystack.
Your equations describes what currently happens approximately. But in no way answers the question.

You are trying to answer a question of policy by stating what happens at the moment, and my guess would be that you are implying that what happens at the moment is correct in your opinion.

Re-read the question and it may become clearer.
Replace IQ with what method commercial organizations currently use to determine those who earn high salaries and those that do not.

There you will find the current measure of intelligence/skill in relation to earnings.
You fail to take account of the definition that skill is component of intelligence.

You say that it is a given, but that is to assume that all people class a particular current society as civilised,
Your statement that it is usually calculated on ratings, I would agree with in principle (It is the same as stating decisions are made on available information.), but it adds nothing to the argument, A rating system of “Black people are less valuable to me than white.” is a rating system, but not one to which I subscribe.
You state pay is based on merit, I agree, I am not asking WHAT THE CURRENT SITUATION IS. Please re-read the question.
Ok here is my answer

Is it fair?

A valued commodity “Money” is not shared equally. So it is not fair. A mathematical valuation.

Is it a defined component of what it means to be a civilised society.

It all depends of which definition of civilised society you choose, and so can only be answered with OPINION.
It seems to me that Civilised is a word with many semantic definitions. (maybe as many as there are people. who knows?), where has Fair has a limited semantic of Equal. The semantics of Fair can become confused in context, by association with such a word as civilised.
Dictionaries are a descriptive tool of observed usage and semantics. Some times they maybe used as a proscriptive tool, but that never limits a persons ability to apply their own semantics. But a warning: To apply arbitrary semantics to a comparative descriptor such as Fairness is to open communication to greater confusion than tother words.

Best answer:

Answer by Kymimom
WHO do you want as your President?
> McCAIN:
> United States Naval Academy – Class rank 894 of 899 (bottom 1% of his class)
>
> PALIN:
> Hawaii Pacific University – 1 semester
> North Idaho College – 2 semesters – general study
> University of Idaho – 2 semesters – journalism
> Matanuska-Susitna College – 1 semester
> University of Idaho – 3 semesters – B.A. in journalism

> OBAMA:
> Occidental College – Two years.
> Columbia University – B.A. political science with a specialization in international relations.
> Harvard – Juris Doctor (J.D.) MagnaCumLaude (top 5% of his class)
>
> BIDEN:
> University of Delaware – B.A. in history and B.A. in political science.
> Syracuse University College of Law – Juris Doctor (J.D.)

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