Since I just found out that someone already wrote the story about Sauron as the doomed hero leading an abortive Industrial Revolution, was thinking about a different fantasy world: one in which the environmentalists were correct. One where interventions work & have lasting, significant, results. Head Start equalizes. Guys, after a hitch in the Job Corps, are far more employable then they were before. Pre-K materially improves outcomes, even without p-hacking ( which is hardly necessary, since the world works the way that social psychologists wish it did). Adopted kids, exposed to the same family environment, are just like the true-blood children, not especially likely to be screwed up.
MZ twins don’t even look like each other.
Race does not exist. Well, people look a little different, but given similar environments, they have the same chance of winning the 100-meter dash, or becoming first-rate mathematicians.
Teenage girls are just as likely to wrap their jalopy around a telephone pole as their boyfriends – at least, that became true when we modernized childcare.
Going to elite schools actually makes you smarter – and the negatives are less than here, because over there the crap that they push is true.
Left-wing behavioral geneticists are working fast food, since their subject does not exist, but at least they’re happy.
The Soviet Union, which still exists, exports massive quantities of Arctic wheat.
You can train a basset hound to act just like a Chihuahua.
Gaps faded away: they just had to.
Given a chance, along with some DDT and chloroquine, Africans start exporting scads of high-end cars and machine tools, while winning Nobels and proving the ERH. Not only that: places like Indonesia and Pakistan and Nigeria are great powers, perfectly capable of inventing and building new superweapons, perfecting armored warfare, and coming up with – and implementing – demented ideologies that devastate whole continents. Africa and South America are wracked by industrialized total war. Poison gas, not machetes ! Brazil is the country of the present – and always will be.
Of course, you have to be real careful raising toddlers, because even looking at them sideways can leave them psychologically crippled. The right kind of toilet training is crucial. Detached moms can inflict autism without hardly trying: overprotective moms can turn any boy gay. Although that’s also, at the same time, entirely genetic, unlike anything else.
And considering how awful the results of bad early environments can be, it’s a wonder how the children of the Depression ever managed to do more than chip flint.