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Central African Republic 71
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 71
Antigua and Barbuda 70
Cote d'Ivoire 69
Burkina Faso 68
Saint Kitts and Nevis 67
Sao Tome and Principe 67
Gambia, The 66
Saint Lucia 62
Equatorial Guinea 59
"Dumb and dumber? Evidence suggests the IQs of people in the UK, Denmark and Australia have declined in the last decade. A study by the University of Hartford claims the larger the global population becomes, the less intelligent we will be, dropping by around eight IQ points by the year 2110 - and other estimates are even more pessimistic"
"Nyborg’s latest paper charts past trends and projects IQ changes in Denmark as a result of two trends: relaxation of natural selection among the traditional Danes, and an influx of low-IQ immigrants. These two trends together amount to what he terms a “double relaxation of natural selection” (DRNS). Relying on Richard Lynn’s work Dysgenics: Genetic Deterioration in Modern Populations, the relaxation of internal selection is thought to have begun around 1850 as the fertility of the lower classes exceeded the upper classes because of improvements in hygiene and reduction in diseases. He cites Lynn’s estimate that England lost 6.9 IQ points over 90 years (1920-2010) and estimates that Denmark’s average IQ dropped around 10 points since 1850 due to internal relaxation of natural selection."
originally posted by: TDawgRex
a reply to: rowanflame
I had to laugh when I saw North Korea as "NA".
The problem I see here is that this is a pretty broad brush type of survey. Every country has their bright people and those lower on the IQ scale.
Many countries also actively recruit from other countries for the "Best and Brightest" in their fields.
originally posted by: Kali74
a reply to: rowanflame
Wow... just wow
This kind of National/group IQ testing has been illegitimate in science for the past 50 years or so. Why? Because it's the same exact test administered to all participants regardless of exposure to the concepts tested. The only real result to be gained from this is that these poorer countries haven't been exposed to western math, logic or culture.
By the way you should do a little research on Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhannen.
I knew the Daily Mail was low but damn this is setting the bar. Has UKIP completely taken it over?
originally posted by: SonOfTheLawOfOne
For the folks who live in some of the most inhospitable places on the planet, their IQs are higher in an understanding of nature, how to survive the elements, how to hunt, etc.
But perhaps the most convincing evidence comes from twin studies and adoption studies...
...In fact, most children with high intelligence are conceived by parents of average intelligence rather than by parents with high IQ scores (Plomin & Petrill, 1997). Children’s genetic ancestry, then, is hardly a surefire predictor of what their own potential is likely to be.
originally posted by: bitsforbytes
Do we think someone who has to walk 10 miles to get dirty water, has been malnourished most of his life cares about solving IQ problems?
The question was raised whether tests of abstract ability were valid for cross-cultural comparisons. The first group of Ss consisted of 27 boys, about 15 years of age, from the Accra urban area, all of whom received the Goldstein-Scheerer Cube Test. The second group consisted of 317 boys who received the Raven Progressive Matrices Test on three successive weeks. The third group consisted of 32 boys who took the Kohs Block Design Test, administered and scored according to McConnell. The results showed that the cube Test performance is affected by environmental influences, and that the Progressive Matrices is susceptible to practice effects. Paradoxically the third group did about as well as McConnell's Ss on the Kohs Blocks who were shown to perform at a level comparable to Wechsler's standardization group. It was concluded that tests of abstract ability are no more "culture-free" than tests of intelligence. 30 references. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
The paper describes a cross-cultural and historical meta-analysis of Raven's Progressive Matrices. Data were
analyzed of 798 samples from 45 countries (N=244,316), which were published between 1944 and 2003.
Country-level indicators of educational permeation (which involves a broad set of interrelated educational
input and output factors that are strongly related to economic development), the samples' educational age,
and publication year were all independently related to performance on Raven's matrices. Our data suggest
that the Flynn effect can be found in high as well as low GNP countries, although its size is moderated by
education-related sample and country characteristics and seems to be smaller in developed than in emerging
originally posted by: rowanflame
a reply to: RedmoonMWC
Well whatever IQ measures ( intelligence quotient ) it is evident from the list that the lower it is the bigger a mess a country is in. It is therefore also clear that a drop in national average IQ will be met with decrease in social, living conditions.