--West Street Mob
"Within a generation, we may find that people who seem naturally inclined to dunk a basketball, run 100 yards, and dive into a pool also tend to make good breakdancers. In other words, within a generation, researchers may find a statistical tendency for these four skills to positively correlate with one another.
But imagine that breakdancing all of a sudden becomes an Olympic sport. We shift our interest in watching basketball to watching breakdancers perform. We drop more money into educating everyone in the fine art of the baby-freeze, the windmill, and the headstand. Breakdancing makes a triumphant return, appearing everywhere--on stamps, in grade school classrooms, and on the streets.
What happens? Well for one, the ante is upped. People who are more naturally inclined toward breakdancing will still have an advantage, but the average standard of performance will be greatly increased. Aspiring breakdancers will have to learn increasingly complex moves in order to stay competitive.
In a couple of generations, breakdancing researchers test everyone, and ..."