Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Blame the Brainy Ladies

Le sigh.

Something else to blame women for.
Research published online in the journal Intelligence on Thursday claims the IQ of people in Western nations has fallen by an average of 14.1 points over the past century.
Why would that be?

Conservative politics?

Chemical pollution?

Shitty education system?


Brainy ladies.
Previous research has found that women of higher intelligence are having fewer children, meaning women of lower intelligence are driving population growth, according to the study.

Over time, experts say, that would affect the average IQ of a population.
Doncha love it when the anti-choicers crow that they will out-breed the sane people?

Well, this is the comeuppance: stupidity.

But we knew that, didn't we?


Purple library guy said...

Thinking of intelligence, that's one of the stupidest things I've ever heard.

For one thing, every time in the past I've heard about IQ trends it's been in the context of them trending upwards. For another, I don't see how the hell they could get from the data (trends in average scores on tests which themselves have changed over time) to a conclusion that there is a biological shift (rather than say social or educational or toxicity-related or who knows what). Stupidest damn "Just So Story" presented as science I've heard in years.

The whole thing sounds like "Bell Curve" bullshit; maybe these people should be reading "The Mismeasure of Man" before they parade their ignorance. Of course, maybe anyone involved in a journal calling itself "Intelligence" should be reading "The Mismeasure of Man".

Beijing York said...

Yup, it's just shy of being overtly racist when you look at statistically who is having the highest birth rates.

fern hill said...

BY: Woo. That penny hadn't dropped for me. You are quite right.

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