Dec 282017
 

Intelligence of Norwegians and Danes on the wane, say researchers

It *seems* that IQs were on the rise from the 1950’s until about 1995, when the rise stopped and started to reverse, with an annual average decrease of 0.21%. Assuming that’s accurate (IQ testing is notoriously handwavy… it’s supposed to be more or less fixed, but my own tested IQ score went up by twenty or so points between junior high and college. On the whole I trust IQ scores about as much as I trust polygraph testing), the researchers believe that the reason for the dumbening of the Scandihoovians comes down to the fact that schooling changed. Essentially life got easier and less challenging, both in the classroom and in the welfare state as a whole; as a result, brains weren’t challenged and smarts atrophied.

This is not a new idea. Say what you will about the fascists, their idea that life was all about a constant struggle of strong vs. weak should, at least in principal, lead to constant improvement. Of course, the death squads and ever-present sense of DOOOOOOM probably work against actually improving the breed. Soft living has long been seen as not as good as strenuous living when it comes to survivability… not of the individual, family, tribe, nation, race or species. There could well be a lot of truth in that. Being challenged – physically, “spiritually,” intellectually – is almost certainly a good thing. The Moon, Mars, asteroids, moons of Jupiter and beyond won’t be successfully colonized by the lazy, either physically or intellectually, but by those who are willing and able to rise to the inevitable challenges.

An interesting experiment would be to take a statistically valid number of these new, dumber Danes and Norwegians and put them into a rigorous and challenging educational environment and see if that smartens ’em up.

The downturn in IQ scores predates current demographic changes. But the importation of mass numbers of people from a wildly different culture that may not stress intellectual achievement as much as yours could play some small role in changing the average.

Note: photo below is not related. It shows a bunch of women and children. If you see something else, it’s because you’re a racist misogynist.

 Posted by at 11:37 am
  • Adam

    Were your two IQ scores using the same standard deviation? What tests did you take?

    • Scottlowther

      As for the earlier tests… frakked if I know. The paperwork on that was lost/tossed *decades* ago. Because who cares.

      As for the later tests, I took two different IQ tests to get into Mensa early on in my university days because for some reason at the time I thought that would be useful. Yes, got in. No, not useful.

  • Herp McDerp

    But the importation of mass numbers of people from a wildly different
    culture that may not stress intellectual achievement as much as yours
    could play some small role in changing the average.

    The importation of mass numbers of people from a culture in which there is a lot of cousin-marriage could play a role in changing the average, too.

    • James

      Not only that but a lot of poverty. If you don’t get enough food your brain suffers.

      • Pepe the Frog

        Cousin marriage, poor agricultural planning, and lack of work ethic arising from short time-preference are all strongly associated with certain groups having an average IQ around 55.

        Humans create culture. Culture does not create humans. If the culture a group creates wherever they go is objectively inferior, there’s probably a reason for that. It’s not a pleasant reason to contemplate, but the truth doesn’t go away just because we close our eyes and plug our ears and say “That’s not PC.” Truth is like that.

  • Paul451

    But the importation of mass numbers of people from a wildly different culture that may not stress intellectual achievement as much as yours

    Our culture values intellectual achievement? I’m not so sure about that. Have a look at the racial/cultural make-up of the STEM courses, vs the liberal arts courses.

    • Forget that. Just have a look at Twitter trends.

      I wonder if Lady Gaga is willing to go tour Luna.