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McUZI
March 27, 2006, 19:20
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2105519,00.html

Britain

The Times March 27, 2006

Germans are brainiest (but at least we're smarter than the French)
By Helen Nugent

BRITAIN and France have experienced long periods of conflict and rivalry but now victory in one area can be claimed: Britons are more intelligent than the French.

A new European league of IQ scores has ranked the British in eighth place, well above the French, who were 19th. According to Richard Lynn of the University of Ulster, Britons have an average IQ of 100. The French scored 94. But it is not all good news. Top of the table were the Germans, with an IQ of 107. The British were also beaten by the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.

Professor Lynn, who caused controversy last year by claiming that men were more intelligent than women by about five IQ points on average, said that populations in the colder, more challenging environments of Northern Europe had developed larger brains than those in warmer climates further south. The average brain size in Northern and Central Europe is 1,320cc and in southeast Europe it is 1,312cc. “The early human beings in northerly areas had to survive during cold winters when there were no plant foods and they were forced to hunt big game,” he said. “The main environmental influence on IQ is diet, and people in southeast Europe would have had less of the proteins, minerals and vitamins provided by meat which are essential for brain development.”

He added that differences in intelligence across Britain could be attributed to bright people moving to London over hundreds of years. Adults in England and Wales have an IQ of 100.5, higher than Ireland and Scotland, both with 97. People living in London and the South East average 102. “Once in the capital they have settled and reared children, and these children have inherited their high intelligence and transmitted it to further generations.”

The pattern is repeated in other countries, Professor Lynn claimed. In France, IQ scores in Paris were much higher than those in rural areas.

Professor Lynn has spent three decades analysing thousands of test results to scrutinise the role of evolution in IQ. He has published his findings in a new book. Britons excel in another area of Professor Lynn’s research. He found that university students had, at 109, the second-highest undergraduate IQs in the world, beaten only by their US counterparts on 110.

Professor Lynn ascribes the differences between British and French intelligence levels to the results of military conflict. He described it as “a hitherto unrecognised law of history” that “the side with the higher IQ normally wins, unless they are hugely outnumbered, as Germany was after 1942”.

A “normal” IQ ranges from 85 to 115 but exceptionally gifted people have scores starting at 145.


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Very interesting stuff in that article.

John Culver
March 27, 2006, 20:24
average IQ in the US in 1932 (when the test was developed) was of course, 100, now it is 112.

Africa is around 70.

World average is 90

Da Nerd
March 27, 2006, 20:36
If they count HADES as a resident, I cant believe Belgium is that high.:rofl:

vmtz
March 27, 2006, 20:48
Really does not mean much. Depends on who the tests were standardized on.

Vince

McUZI
March 27, 2006, 21:24
Originally posted by John Culver
average IQ in the US in 1932 (when the test was developed) was of course, 100, now it is 112.

Africa is around 70.

World average is 90

The average IQ in the US is 112?
No way Jose...

According to IQ and the Wealth Of Nations, we're at 98.

McUZI
March 27, 2006, 21:26
Originally posted by vmtz
Really does not mean much. Depends on who the tests were standardized on.

Vince

Now say "socioeconomics".

Witchhunter
March 27, 2006, 21:32
Africa is around 70.

World average is 90


Explains a lot.

vmtz
March 27, 2006, 21:41
Originally posted by Witchhunter
Africa is around 70.

World average is 90


Explains a lot.

The fact that you missed the point about standardization says more.

Vince

xcpd69
March 28, 2006, 08:07
Originally posted by vmtz
Really does not mean much. Depends on who the tests were standardized on.

Vince

A point, that is often overlooked, is that while the IQ tests may NOT be a "true" test of intelligence, they are a pretty good measure of how the individual tested will function, measured against the "norm" in the society the "standards" are set by.

Take the smartest man in a big US city that has never been out of that city, and the smartest man in an African village, from DEEP Africa, that's never left the village area and swap them.

Neither one will do well, or maybe even survive...out of their "normal" environment.

the gman
March 28, 2006, 09:04
Dunno about average, but I know people both here & in the UK whose IQ is so low, ya gotta dig to find it........:uhoh: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

ALBPM
March 28, 2006, 11:28
Want that "Super Sized"

Don't have to go far from home to find someone dumber than dirt.

:rofl: :rofl:

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Windustsearch
March 28, 2006, 14:41
Neither one will do well, or maybe even survive...out of their "normal" environment.

Right in the middle of the 10 ring.

That article had some things that were right, largely based on the wrong things and some just general bullshit.

CZ-75a
March 28, 2006, 14:45
Originally posted by Witchhunter
Africa is around 70.

World average is 90


Explains a lot.

They lead the world in mud-hut building, starvation, machete violence and cannibalism though.

Windustsearch
March 28, 2006, 14:50
The ironic part of your statement is the "lead the world" part.......:wink:

Kyrottimus
March 28, 2006, 14:51
I guess I'm technically "Above Avergae" when my IQ is 138. Still, Einstein was like 220 or something crazy like that.

As for the French, HAHA! I know that they are on average less intelligent than the British... you know why? First because the British speak English, so they're automatically way smarter than anyone who speaks French. Because everything French Sucks. Ask Belgium, they were like, "Man, that country sucks. We're totally breaking away. We'll keep the basic language but make it non-wussy." And good thing they broke away too. Otherwise the FAL might never have come to pass.

I'm 1/4 french, but that doesn't mean I still don't love to rip on those pansies....


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larphred
March 28, 2006, 15:28
Something that has disturbed me for quite awhile is that my IQ has been measured at a value significantly greater than the mean of 100. According to the standard normal curve upon which the IQ distribution is based, that means that there should be equal numbers of folks running around with IQs in the 60-70 range. Kinda scary.

English Mike
March 28, 2006, 20:04
If the UK average IQ is 100, then there must be one Hell of a lot of geniuses living somewhere away from Cumbria:biggrin: