History Main / GeniusBreedingAct

25th Apr '16 8:05:51 PM Adept
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* The premise behind the 1994 romantic comedy ''I.Q''. AlbertEinstein does some PlayingCyrano when his niece is attracted to a garage mechanic but insists on marrying an intelligent stuck-up JerkAss so their children will have a high IQ. Einstein and his fellow scientists make the mechanic look smarter than he is -- she eventually sees through the ruse [[AllsWellThatEndsWell but marries him anyway]].

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* The premise behind the 1994 romantic comedy ''I.Q''. AlbertEinstein Creator/AlbertEinstein does some PlayingCyrano when his niece is attracted to a garage mechanic but insists on marrying an intelligent stuck-up JerkAss so their children will have a high IQ. Einstein and his fellow scientists make the mechanic look smarter than he is -- she eventually sees through the ruse [[AllsWellThatEndsWell but marries him anyway]].anyway.
23rd Mar '16 1:27:40 PM 20person
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* You can do this in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'' by arranging marriages between characters (including yourself) with desirable congenital traits to breed children with those traits, who will have a 15% chance of inheriting the trait from one parent (chances are higher if both parents have the trait). The most desired trait is, interestingly enough, Genius, which grants a +5 bonus to each of the 5 attributes. This has led many players to practice inbreeding to maximize the chances of getting children with desirable traits, but children might then be born with the Inbred trait, which gives a -5 penalty to all attributes, as well as health and fertility penalties. The game tracks characters' DNA as a string of letters, and the more similar the DNA strings of 2 characters are, the higher the chances of an inbred child.
22nd Jan '16 6:55:46 PM DoctorCooper
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Compare StalkerWithATestTube, SuperBreedingProgram, ShipperOnDeck, DesignerBabies. For genius cast members getting together in general, see PairTheSmartOnes.

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Compare StalkerWithATestTube, SuperBreedingProgram, ShipperOnDeck, DesignerBabies. For genius cast members getting together in general, see PairTheSmartOnes.
PairTheSmartOnes. [[noreallife]]
23rd Nov '15 6:59:25 AM krepta999
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' mentions a Genius Breeding Act from the last time before the series begins when aliens invaded Earth and forced the smartest people on Earth to mate continuously. Farnsworth [[DirtyOldMan remembers it fondly]], and was disappointed that the latest alien invasion wasn't going to involve this.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' mentions a Genius Breeding Act from the last time before the series begins when aliens invaded Earth and [[RunningGag (before the series begins).]] Farnsworth [[DirtyOldMan remembers it fondly]] because the invaders forced the smartest people on Earth to mate continuously. Farnsworth [[DirtyOldMan remembers it fondly]], continuously, and he was disappointed that the latest alien invasion wasn't going to involve this.
16th Apr '15 9:02:04 AM Bakazuki
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* ''VideoGame/{{Sequence}}'': [[spoiler: The entire plot of the game is the main leads are in a {{Batman Gambit}} arranged to make them fall in love and reproduce.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Sequence}}'': ''VideoGame/BeforeTheEcho'': [[spoiler: The entire plot of the game is the main leads are in a {{Batman Gambit}} arranged to make them fall in love and reproduce.]]
15th Jan '15 12:28:50 PM Jacob175
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* In ''EndersGame'', this is mentioned as one reason the U.S. government allowed Ender to be born, despite their [[PopulationControl two-child policy]]. Since his parents and siblings were so intelligent, they figured any future kids would have to be around the same intelligence, and they still needed their military genius: someone who was not as sadistic as Peter while not nearly as compassionate as Valentine.
* Creator/CyrilKornbluth played around with this in several stories; the basic premise was low-intelligence people outbred the smarter ones, with the end result being a society where the average IQ is about 45, and the few people of normal-and-above intelligence are basically forced to act as behind-the-scenes "keepers" of the general population. The normal-and-above elite are not numerous enough to do much of anything about it other than frantically breed among themselves to try to keep up and keep things running well enough to avoid famine, plague, and war (because 5 billion corpses mean about 500 million tons of rotting meat).

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* In ''EndersGame'', ''Literature/EndersGame'', this is mentioned as one reason the U.S. government allowed Ender to be born, despite their [[PopulationControl two-child policy]]. Since his parents and siblings were so intelligent, they figured any future kids would have to be around the same intelligence, and they still needed their military genius: someone who was not as sadistic as Peter while not nearly as compassionate as Valentine.
* Creator/CyrilKornbluth Cyril Kornbluth played around with this in several stories; the basic premise was low-intelligence people outbred the smarter ones, with the end result being a society where the average IQ is about 45, and the few people of normal-and-above intelligence are basically forced to act as behind-the-scenes "keepers" of the general population. The normal-and-above elite are not numerous enough to do much of anything about it other than frantically breed among themselves to try to keep up and keep things running well enough to avoid famine, plague, and war (because 5 billion corpses mean about 500 million tons of rotting meat).



* In the end of ''Film/DrStrangelove'', the titular doctor proposes a plan for surviving nuclear war that involves preserving the best of humanity in bunkers. Men would be chosen based on their leadership capabilities and wisdom, [[DoubleStandard women based on their appearance and reproductive capacity]]. The government figures, all men, are immediately on board with this plan.

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* In the end of ''Film/DrStrangelove'', the titular doctor proposes a plan for surviving nuclear war that involves preserving the best of humanity in bunkers. Men would be chosen based on their leadership capabilities and wisdom, [[DoubleStandard women based on their appearance and reproductive capacity]]. The government figures, all of whom are men, are immediately on board with this plan.



* In the first scene of the first episode of ''TheBigBangTheory'' Sheldon & Leonard go to a sperm bank that only accepts donations from people with high [=IQs=].

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* In the first scene of the first episode of ''TheBigBangTheory'' ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' Sheldon & Leonard go to a sperm bank that only accepts donations from people with high [=IQs=].



* One episode of ''LawAndOrderSVU'' dealt with smart and/or successful men getting sperm-jacked by an unscrupulous woman and her mother for use at a geniuses-only sperm bank.

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* One episode of ''LawAndOrderSVU'' ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'' dealt with smart and/or successful men getting sperm-jacked by an unscrupulous woman and her mother for use at a geniuses-only sperm bank.



* ''VideoGame/{{Sequence}}'' [[spoiler: The entire plot of the game is the main leads are in a {{Batman Gambit}} arranged to make them fall in love and reproduce.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Sequence}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Sequence}}'': [[spoiler: The entire plot of the game is the main leads are in a {{Batman Gambit}} arranged to make them fall in love and reproduce.]]
31st Dec '14 1:23:37 PM Ptorquemada
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* Creator/CyrilKornbluth played around with this in several stories; the basic premise was low-intelligence people outbred the smarter ones, with the end result being a society where the average IQ is about 45, and the few people of normal-and-above intelligence are basically forced to act as behind-the-scenes "keepers" of the general population. The normal-and-above elite are not numerous enough to do much of anything about it other than frantically breed among themselves to try to keep up.

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* Creator/CyrilKornbluth played around with this in several stories; the basic premise was low-intelligence people outbred the smarter ones, with the end result being a society where the average IQ is about 45, and the few people of normal-and-above intelligence are basically forced to act as behind-the-scenes "keepers" of the general population. The normal-and-above elite are not numerous enough to do much of anything about it other than frantically breed among themselves to try to keep up.up and keep things running well enough to avoid famine, plague, and war (because 5 billion corpses mean about 500 million tons of rotting meat).
31st Dec '14 1:21:33 PM Ptorquemada
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* Creator/CyrilKornbluth played around with this in several stories; the basic premise was low-intelligence people outbred the smarter ones, with the end result being a society where the average IQ is about 45, and the few people of normal-and-above intelligence are basically forced to act as behind-the-scenes "keepers" of the general population. The normal-and-above elite are not numerous enough to do much of anything about it other than frantically breed among themselves to try to keep up.
18th Dec '14 7:52:02 AM Ciabella
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* In the first ''{{Dune}}'' book, the Bene Gesserit had a breeding program and required specific members of the Sisterhood to participate. The goal wasn't generic smarts, but specifically creating a super-prescient Kwisatz Haderach. [[spoiler: [[GoneHorriblyRight It worked.]]]]
15th Aug '14 2:18:12 PM Scorntex
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' mentions a Genius Breeding Act from a time when aliens landed on Earth and forced the smartest members to mate continuously. Farnsworth was disappointed that the latest alien invasion wasn't going to involve this.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' mentions a Genius Breeding Act from a the last time before the series begins when aliens landed on invaded Earth and forced the smartest members people on Earth to mate continuously. Farnsworth [[DirtyOldMan remembers it fondly]], and was disappointed that the latest alien invasion wasn't going to involve this.
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