Duh! IQs Are Dropping in Developed Countries

2019 May 23
by bc3b

NBC News seems to be shocked about this and is offering all sorts of possible reasons, like the foods people eat.

As you might suspect, the one possibility they never get to is migration.

Take the US. The average IQ in the US is 98. Here are the average scores for some other countries: Japan 105; Italy 102; Mexico 88; El Salvador 80; Somalia 68.

I realize this is racissst, but common sense dictates that if large numbers of people from Japan or Italy immigrate to the US, our national IQ score will rise. If large numbers of people from Mexico, El Salvador or especially Somalia immigrate here, it will decline. But, you can’t talk about that.

If you take a gallon of yellow paint and mix it with a gallon of red paint you have two gallons of orange paint. It’s really simple.

Imagine what the wholesale influx of Somalis into Minnesota, a state that had been dominated by descendants from high IQ (98-100) Scandinavian countries, has done to the state’s average IQ.

People are getting dumber. That’s not a judgment; it’s a global fact. In a host of leading nations, IQ scores have started to decline.

Though there are legitimate questions about the relationship between IQ and intelligence, and broad recognition that success depends as much on other virtues like gritIQ tests in usethroughout the world today really do seem to capture something meaningful and durable. Decades of research have shown that individual IQ scores predict things such as educational achievementand longevity. More broadly, the average IQ score of a country is linked to economic growth and scientific innovation.

Some of the greatest declines are occurring in Europe. Can anyone guess why?

Hat tip: NBC News

5 Responses leave one →
  1. 2019 May 23 7:34 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Interesting factoid — same study found a drop in IQ even among native born children of native born parents.

    My guess? Technology has nearly eliminated the need to memorize facts. “I’ll just Google it” is the usual catch word answer. Having not trained the brain to store facts, it is hard to formulate cognitive narrative that can reach a conclusion. You can’t because their brain does not have the base level ‘knowns’ to reach beyond to the ‘unknowns’. Knowledge has impacts on the ability to recognize patterns which is much of what a IQ test consists of.

    And of course somebody from Syria with an IQ of 82 is not going to get any smarter even if Norway soil is ‘magic dust’. So that is an impact on scores too. But there is more impact on a society where those who might have been likely to have an IQ of 135 to a generation or two later only rate 115 than that Syrian dropping to 62 IQ.

  2. 2019 May 23 8:44 pm
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    justrand permalink

    Venezuela, the old Soviet Union, North Korea? Nope.
    The People’s Republik of Kalifornia!

    Party on, Comrades!

    https://calmatters.org/articles/commentary/california-harassing-journalists/

  3. 2019 May 23 9:31 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

  4. 2019 May 23 9:35 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    As the old joke goes, every time an American moves to Canada the average IQ of both countries goes up.

  5. 2019 May 23 9:45 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Twitter comment by, I think, a reporter

    “Sara Carter just now indicates the big bombshell, no one is talking about, with the most significant implications is that the declassifying will reveal the unmasking by order of Samantha Powers (Obama’s Bidder) of over 300 names..unprecedented. For a contextual benchmark John Bolton while in the Bush administration was excoriated by ranking Democrats, in a case of real substance, and real evidence, for unmasking just three officials…
    Sara Carter goes on to say there are some huge names within the 300…The implication is that these huge names will be none to happy, and will likely [sic]enjoin the fight..Trump will no longer with the single warrior against the Goliath Deep State..reinforcements are on the way.”

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