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Geniuses are getting brighter. And at genius levels of IQ, girls are not as far behind boys as they used to be
SCIENCE has few more controversial topics than human intelligence—in particular, whether variations in it are a result of nature or nurture, and especially whether such variations differ between the sexes. The mines in this field can blow up an entire career, as Larry Summers found out in 2005 when he spoke of the hypothesis that the mathematical aptitude needed for physics and engineering, as well as for maths itself, is innately rarer in women than in men. He resigned as president of Harvard University shortly afterwards.
That such unelucidated environmental influences can have real effects on IQ is eloquently illustrated by the Flynn effect. This phenomenon, brought to the world’s attention in the 1980s by James Flynn of the University of Otago, in New Zealand, is that average IQs around the world have been rising at the rate of 0.3 points a year for the past eight decades.
No one knows what causes the Flynn effect. Theories range from better nutrition, via a more stimulating general environment (thanks to such things as television, radio, the internet and video games), to the phasing out of lead in petrol and paint. What is clear is that it cannot be a change in gene-given ability, which is what most people mean by “nature” in this debate, because too few generations have passed for natural selection to have had any meaningful impact.
In the general population boys are well known to do a bit better than girls in maths. Girls, in turn, edge out boys on tests of verbal reasoning. The result is similar overall IQ scores. Among the best young mathematical brains, however, that equality does not pertain. Here, boys do a lot better at maths than girls—but less better than they used to, as the researchers discov
Originally posted by beezzer
Women have always been smarter.
Since the dawn of time, when we lived in caves, women controlled men. "Go out and hunt", they said, "We'll stay in the cave and do a bit of painting, maybe rearrange the rocks", they said.
While we were off getting killed by saber-toothed wombats, the girls had chats and picked lice from their hair and exchanged recipes (You actually [I]cook[/I] the meat? Wow, you go girl!)
Fast forward to the women getting the vote, basically an entire nation started saying, "Yes, dear".
And now we finally have proof? HA!
is that average IQs around the world have been rising at the rate of 0.3 points a year for the past eight decades.
Originally posted by Phage
According to a new study published in Trends in Genetics Journal, humans are progressively becoming less intelligent.
Originally posted by GogoVicMorrow
reply to post by happykat39
I read somewhere recently that they though humans had reached their peak intelligence already and it was in the decline. I kind doubted it, but I know I read it somewhere.
Tell you what, if I was 18 and at uni, I'd get no work done, that's a fact.