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#7 - Thanks for the run down - senpai. 02/27/2015 on They Did a Thing 0
#6 - Yep IQ does not measure intelligence for two reasons. …  [+] (10 new replies) 02/27/2015 on DIABETUS +4
User avatar #19 - runescapewasgood (02/27/2015) [-]
Not to mention any IQ test also tests:
-how well you were educated to think
-how hard you're trying on the test

stats would tend to be higher in asians and indians than whites and lower in other races. just a fact because those 2 things are highly contributing factors
#13 - haeckal (02/27/2015) [-]
I'm sorry, but that's wrong. Intelligence is a well-defined concept (basically how powerful and efficient your brain is at processing information and solving problems) and IQ tests accurately measure it. IQ is also important - having a high IQ is one of the best predictors of doing well in school, getting a job and succeeding in the workplace, staying out of prison, not dying in an accident, etc. IQ tests are also not biased - they predict academic and professional success all over the world.

User avatar #26 - Ruspanic (02/27/2015) [-]
How do you explain the Flynn effect, that average IQ test scores have been increasing so rapidly that people a century ago had an average IQ of 70 by modern standards?
Surely this doesn't mean our ancestors were retarded?
User avatar #40 - haeckal (02/27/2015) [-]
The Flynn effect is a genuine mystery in intelligence research. It's especially strange considering that people with lower IQs have been reproducing more than those with higher IQs for a century. Whether the Flynn effect is a real gain in intelligence, and what causes it, has not yet been adequately determined to my knowledge.

Richard Lynn believes that genotypic IQ has been gradually decreasing, but that an increase in phenotypic IQ (the Flynn effect) has temporarily masked that during the 20th century (probably due to better nutrition and education). Lynn goes on to say that the Flynn effect appears to have stopped in some countries and may be going in reverse.


Here's another interesting article about intelligence and the Flynn effect arguing that intelligence and scientific innovation rates peaked in the 19th century and has since gone into decline, but that we should still see improvements in economic development due to the Flynn effect:

User avatar #58 - Ruspanic (02/27/2015) [-]
I find James Flynn's own explanation for the effect to be convincing.

What we think of as "intelligence" today has a lot to do with certain types of thinking, namely critical thinking, reasoning from abstraction, and categorization. These are skills and habits that can be taught and are not acquired in a vacuum. Flynn cited the psychologist Luria's studies on Russian peasants in the 1920s, where subjects were asked questions like "what do a fish and a crow have in common" or "If there are no camels in Germany, are there camels in [German city]?". The answers given were, respectively, along the lines of "nothing, a crow flies and a fish swims/I can eat a fish but not a crow" and "It depends on the size of the city". These answers are based on pragmatism and empiricism and would fail an IQ test. They'd also be considered "stupid" by modern observers, including me.
By contrast, a modern Westerner asked these questions would say "they're both animals" and "No", which would correct answers on an IQ test.

Flynn says that the Russian peasants did not take the hypothetical seriously, which is a key requirement to do well on IQ tests. Taking the hypothetical seriously, or classifying things by abstract similarities, are habits and skills that are learned and improved through environmental stimulation, like education, reading, etc. Since the skills have become more important and education has improved in quality and access, people's average IQ scores have also improved.

The Russian peasants' answers remind me of another study I heard about (but can't remember the name of) that tried to create culturally-unbiased IQ tests for West African tribes and found that they still scored low. Flynn would say that while the tests did not require any Western-specific knowledge, they did require skills that the tribal people had never acquired through education or experience.

IQ is a good indicator of innate intelligence if we assume, for simplicity's sake, that everyone in a given modern society receives the same level of intellectual stimulation (and nutrition) from childhood - which is not true of people from different time periods. Given a fixed level of stimulation, high IQ scores can be attributed to genetic advantages. But we know that even in the same society, people do not receive the same amount of stimulation from home, school or their peers, and that American society in particular is quite segregated de facto, with black Americans being much more likely to grow up in poor, violent neighborhoods with shitty schools and unhealthy subcultures.
User avatar #22 - rainbowrush (02/27/2015) [-]
IQ tests doesn't measure how intelligent you are by a long shot. It's all about patterns, explained in simple terms. I scored ridiculously high, for instance, and I can assure you that I'm not some otherwordly genious.

Of course official, proper IQ tests have value, and they do show some strengths, but it's more a confidence booster than anything. For me, it served no more as something to boast about as a child.
#80 - anonexplains (02/27/2015) [-]
Re read his comment fucktard.
#33 - anonexplains (02/27/2015) [-]
Having a high IQ score is like having good genetics for sick gainz. Just because you can score high doesn't make you an Einstein. It shows how well you recognize patterns which is correlated to how fast you can learn things in general and how well you retain them. You have to practice things to get better at them
User avatar #117 - techjoker (02/27/2015) [-]
That's what intelligence is though - how quickly and easily you can learn new things and solve problems.
User avatar #18 - Shiny (02/27/2015) [-]
Well, IQ originated as an academic placement system, so it makes sense that it correlates with success. People who try harder to succeed to better at tests like these. I had to take an APA approved testing regimen twice at a psychiatric office for medical reasons and I was so, so much better at it the second time.
#9 - I've never followed a fan-base of a show. I make my own conclu…  [+] (1 new reply) 02/25/2015 on old but gold +8
User avatar #10 - cptcanada (02/25/2015) [-]
nope it means pairing characters with each other but still equally crappy
#6 - Picture 02/25/2015 on Before it was cool +2
#19 - No thats just how he acts in the comics. The creators had to n…  [+] (1 new reply) 02/24/2015 on Weaknesses +11
User avatar #29 - rhc (02/24/2015) [-]
that is so silly
#17 - No the point is that he can choose to demolectularize certain …  [+] (2 new replies) 02/24/2015 on Weaknesses +32
User avatar #32 - envinite (02/24/2015) [-]
It always impress me when people try to explain a fictional stuffs in the most logical way possible.
#20 - luddethebunny (02/24/2015) [-]
what you explained, i see it
thanks bubby
#32 - Saxon invader family. I know that feeling bro 02/23/2015 on White People +3
#26 - The intention was psychological damage ;-; 02/22/2015 on Hidden Skyrim Bosses +31
#25 - It was a joke how the Euro-Union is corrupt and broken. …  [+] (1 new reply) 02/19/2015 on map of the world 0
#27 - kanedam (02/19/2015) [-]
#23 - Does the Euro-zone mean anything to you?  [+] (3 new replies) 02/19/2015 on map of the world 0
#24 - kanedam (02/19/2015) [-]
emotionally or what?
User avatar #25 - pizzapastasaurous (02/19/2015) [-]
It was a joke how the Euro-Union is corrupt and broken.

The site need a rhetoric or sarcastic font desperately.
#27 - kanedam (02/19/2015) [-]
What do you think? Give us your opinion. Anonymous comments allowed.
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User avatar #34 - gugek (11/22/2014) [-]
Hi! I hope you have a great night, and a fantastic day tomorrow!
User avatar #35 to #34 - pizzapastasaurous (11/22/2014) [-]
Yo, thanks dawg. You alright
User avatar #36 to #35 - gugek (11/22/2014) [-]
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