Skip to comments.Researchers say Western IQs dropped 14 points over last century
Posted on 05/26/2013 8:06:05 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
A new study from researchers in Europe claims that the average IQ in Western nations dropped by a staggering 14.1 points over the past century.
"We tested the hypothesis that the Victorians were cleverer than modern populations using high-quality instruments, namely measures of simple visual reaction time in a meta-analytic study," the researchers wrote in the study, which was published online in the journal Intelligence on Thursday. "Simple reaction time measures correlate substantially with measures of general intelligence and are considered elementary measures of cognition."
The results were measured using data from 1889 to 2004 and were analyzed by Michael A. Woodley of Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, Jan te Nijenhuis of the University of Amsterdam and Raegan Murphy of the University College Cork in Ireland.
So why has there been such a steady drop? As UPI notes, previous research studies have found that women of higher intelligence tend to have fewer children on average, meaning that population growth may be driven by those with a lower IQ. And over time, the abundance of less intelligent offspring would affect the overall IQ average.
On average, the general intelligence of those populations measured dropped by 1.23 points per decade.
"These findings strongly indicate that with respect to general intelligence the Victorians were substantially cleverer than modern Western populations," the study says.
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Let’s not bring up immigration...
The people who used to die as a result of their stupidity now collect government checks and make more babies than the people who fund those government checks.
“research studies have found that women of higher intelligence tend to have fewer children on average, meaning that population growth may be driven by those with a lower IQ.”
That’s the premise of the movie “Idiocracy”:
I know I was smarter a hunred years ago.
yer a witch theyll burn yaaaa
You mean that you get more of what you subsidize and less of what you tax? Who knew?
No elephant here...down Simba! Down boy!
This conflicts rather dramatically with the records of actual IQ tests, which have been increasing steadily in what is called the Flynn Effect.
What deep seeded thinking was involved here?
“How do you know she is a witch?”
Idiots breed... and they vote ... and look what they gave us!
oh this is something a little inbreeding wont cure
Let’s go back even further.
Those guys who built the pyramids were pretty clever.
The world owes Dan Quayle an apology.
Flies in the face of what we’ve been told, that as societies become more intelligent, they become less religious. It seems our secular utopias are getting dumber and dumber.
According to actual IQ tests, scores increase at an approximately equal rate in all societies. I’ve personally never heard a really logical reason for this.
Love that movie. It gets truer every day. We are already living in an idiocracy.
Television rots your brain. Especially sports and reality TV shows.
The demographics of the West have also changed over the past hundred years. Members of these demographics consistently score lower on IQ tests so that’s a contributing factor to the lower average IQ of the West.
People also don’t critically think as much now as they once did. They have the TV tell them what to think, and calculators and computers to give them instant answers.
Robert Pirsig, in his book LILA, makes the strong argument that the brilliant Victorians charged their Soldiers across open fields where they were mowed down by machine guns and quick firing artillery. The survivors rebelled against the Victorians with the results you see today.
And during the same period the Muzzie population increased by at least 14%
Best comment yet!
It’s so easy to figure out, but politically incorrect to name! It’s nothing more or less than the unrestricted immigration from the low IQ countries into the West that accounts for this.
Leftists and muslims.
Add to any society and watch it descend way below orangutan level.
Are these the same researchers who are part of the Western Civilization whose IQ’s have dropped 14 points?
Why should we believe them?
Hmmm...just about the time that the teachers started organizing.
14 points? That’s all? I think who ever came up with that number is dyslexic.
I laughed. Then I cried.
It’s all those warning labels on products. If chainsaws didn’t have a “Warning: don’t scratch back with blade while saw is running” label then natural selection would help keep things the way they were meant to be.
“We are already living in an idiocracy.”
My wife and I watched Idiocracy last night. Them first time I saw it I thought it was a comedy. Now I realize it is a documentary.
Western IQ’s have NOT dropped.
The West has been invaded by non-westerners!
Richard Feynman - Nobel prize in Physics for the theory of quantum electrodynamics.
One of the coolest and smartest......ever.
The worst part is that nowadays entire half the population is below the average IQ!
The list of people and institutions directly responsible for this stretches out the door and around the block.
The beneficiaries? The advocates of Communism and Marxism.
Charles Darwins Theory of Evolution (often referred to as The Theory of Survival of the Fittest) describes the positive effects resulting from any pressure on an animal species that removes the least fit among the species and allows only the most fit of the species to reproduce. Many of us are well aware of this Survival of the Fittest theory, but few are aware that Darwin also makes mention of the negative effects resulting from unlimited reproduction of a species least fit when the weak, the lazy, and the stupid are left unchecked.
We like to think otherwise, but our species, Homo sapiens, isnt that long out of the trees and the same laws of nature that affect all of Gods creatures apply equally to us. If we were to observe any other species that had been allowed to reproduce without limitations, we would know immediately what the consequences will be.
Whenever the weak; lazy; and stupid of a species is allowed to reproduce unimpeded by predators that feed off the weak; lazy; and stupid, they soon outnumber the strong, productive, and intelligent. When the weak/lazy/stupid dominate the gene pool, the entire population becomes weak/ lazy/stupid, and then the population collapses.
...and that’s the thesis of this thread.
Solution to that problem. Don't own one.
I don't. But if I did, I don't know when I'd find time to watch it.
IQ have been altered in order to not be racist.
Which is why if you look at the SAT scores for instance, there was a shift around the late 90’s.
IQ scores for blacks have increased over the decades, but unfortunately for your theory the scores for white, blacks and Jews have increased at about the same rate.
So the differentials between the groups have remained pretty nearly constant.
That guy runs REALLY fast! Give him a few points because he has "muscle intelligence".