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  • Best of Best for 2009 (thus far)

    12/24/2009 6:41:16 AM PST · by Georgia1 · 179 replies · 4,318+ views
    Unknown ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    Guy goes into a bar, there's a robot bartender. The robot says, "What will you have?" The guy says, "Martini." The robot brings back the best martini ever and says to the man, "What's your IQ?" The guy says, "168". The robot then proceeds to talk about physics, space exploration and medical technology. The guy leaves, but he is curious, so he goes back into the bar. The robot bartender says," What will you have?" The guy says, "Martini". Again, the robot makes a great martini, gives it to the man and says, "What's your IQ?" The guy says, "100."...
  • End Affirmative Action, End the Black Upper Class: The Case of Law

    11/24/2009 12:45:52 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 14 replies · 1,280+ views
    It was with great interest that I read Christopher Donovan’s TOO article on politically incorrect comments at a blog for the lawyerly elite. The field of law prides itself on being a meritocracy. Being made up of educated Westerners, it is also very liberal on racial issues. It’s hard to be both. The two main academic factors considered in law school admissions are GPA and more importantly, the prospect’s score on the LSAT. Grades aren’t a very good indicator of skill since students choose their own majors, which of course vary in difficulty. That leaves the LSAT as the main...
  • Obama Gives Shout Out to 'Congressional Medal of Honor Winner' Who Isn't

    11/22/2009 10:24:43 AM PST · by dvan · 20 replies · 829+ views
    Michael Bates ^ | November 06, 2009 | Mike Bates
    The Washington Post yesterday afternoon reported "President Obama delivers remarks on Ft. Hood shooting at end of tribal leaders conference." The transcript begins: SPEAKER: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA [*] OBAMA: Please, everybody, have a seat. Let me first of all just thank Ken and the entire Department of the Interior staff for organizing just an extraordinary conference. I want to thank my Cabinet members and senior administration officials who participated today. I hear that Dr. Joe Medicine Crow (ph) was around, and so I want to give a shout out to that Congressional Medal of Honor winner. It's good to see...
  • Curvy Women May Be A Clever Bet

    11/20/2009 4:34:44 PM PST · by Steelfish · 80 replies · 20,295+ views
    BBC News ^ | November 20th, 2009
    Curvy Women May Be A Clever Bet. Nigella Lawson: Curvy figure and an Oxford degree [Pic in URL]. Women with curvy figures are likely to be brighter than waif-like counterparts and may well produce more intelligent offspring, a US study suggests. Researchers studied 16,000 women and girls and found the more voluptuous performed better on cognitive tests - as did their children. The bigger the difference between a woman's waist and hips the better. Researchers writing in Evolution and Human Behaviour speculated this was to do with fatty acids found on the hips. In this area, the fat is likely...
  • ACLU lawsuit: Palm Beach County's woeful graduation rates show failure of (Florida education)

    11/06/2009 5:35:44 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies · 931+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | November 5, 2009 | Laura Green
    WEST PALM BEACH — Incited by poor graduation rates in Palm Beach County, a national civil rights group sued the state Thursday, alleging it failed to ensure that all students receive the high-quality education guaranteed under the Florida Constitution. The American Civil Liberties Union sued the school district directly last year, but the case was dismissed on the grounds that the district was not the right party to sue. Now the national and state arms of the ACLU are bringing a class-action suit against the state on behalf of Palm Beach County students and parents. The lawsuit, filed in Palm...
  • Are Liberals Smarter Than Conservatives?

    11/01/2009 5:12:29 PM PST · by lbryce · 133 replies · 2,839+ views
    What if we could know, scientifically, that one side has the edge in brainpower? Should that change how we think about political issues? Who are smarter, liberals or conservatives? This is the kind of question that could spark fierce and endless debates between political opponents, but what if we could know, scientifically, that one side has the edge in brainpower? Should that change how we think about political issues? Though few partisans on either side are likely to admit it, most people at one time or another have suspected that their political opponents are dim bulbs. Sometimes these sentiments get...
  • Losing Ground (Hispanic children fall behind their peers in cognitive skills quickly, a study finds)

    10/29/2009 7:51:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies · 2,759+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/29/2009 | Heather Macdonald
    A forthcoming study on Hispanic children’s cognitive skills underlines the challenges the country faces in aspiring to close the achievement gap between these children and their white and Asian counterparts. Hispanic “children fall behind their peers in mental development by the time they reach grade school, and the gap tends to widen as they get older,” reports the New York Times. “The drop-off in the cognitive scores of Hispanic toddlers, especially those from Mexican backgrounds, was steeper than for other [low-income] groups and could not be explained by economic status alone. . . . From 24 to 36 months, the...
  • Hispanic Immigrants’ Children Fall Behind Peers Early, Study Finds

    10/27/2009 5:21:22 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 27 replies · 1,126+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 21, 2009 | James C. McKinley Jr.
    The children of Hispanic immigrants tend to be born healthy and start life on an intellectual par with other American children, but by the age of 2 they begin to lag in linguistic and cognitive skills, a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, shows. The study highlights a paradox that has bedeviled educators and Hispanic families for some time. By and large, mothers from Latin American countries take care of their health during their pregnancies and give birth to robust children, but those children fall behind their peers in mental development by the time they reach...
  • Children Who Get Spanked Have Lower IQs

    09/24/2009 7:16:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 87 replies · 2,943+ views ^ | 9/24/09 | Jeanna Bryner
    Spanking can get kids to behave in a hurry, but new research suggests it can do more harm than good to their noggins. The study, involving hundreds of U.S. children, showed the more a child was spanked the lower his or her IQ compared with others. "All parents want smart children," said study researcher Murray Straus of the University of New Hampshire. "This research shows that avoiding spanking and correcting misbehavior in other ways can help that happen." One might ask, however, whether children who are spanked tend to come from backgrounds in which education opportunities are less or inherited...
  • Real Education by Charles Murray

    09/08/2009 7:57:24 AM PDT · by mattstat · 8 replies · 414+ views
    The word median is statistical: it is the point at which 50% of the observations of a thing are smaller and 50% larger. For example, according to the CIA Factbook, the median age of U.S. citizens is 37 years; thus, half the population is younger than 37, half older. Sometimes, as in Murray’s case, and in this review, the median is synonymous with average (sometimes the later implies numerical mean; the median and numerical mean are often nearly or practically equal). We accept that some people naturally excel at sports and that others, no matter the purity of their souls,...
  • SAT Scores Fall as Gap Widens; Asians Gain

    08/26/2009 4:00:48 PM PDT · by Bob017 · 46 replies · 1,482+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 27 August 2009 | JOHN HECHINGER
    <p>High-school students' performance last year on the SAT college-entrance exam fell slightly, and the score gap generally widened between lower-performing minority groups and white and Asian-American students, raising questions about the effectiveness of national education reform efforts.</p> <p>Average scores for the class of 2009 in critical reading dropped to 501 from 502, in writing to 493 from 494 and held steady in math, at 515. The combined scores are the lowest this decade and reflect stalled performance over the past three years. The reading scores are the worst since 1994.</p>
  • Is technology making kids dumber?: A Q&A with author Mark Bauerlein

    08/24/2009 6:24:19 PM PDT · by Coleus · 20 replies · 1,096+ views
    star ledger ^ | July 15, 2009 | Kelly Heyboer
    Every time they send a text message, watch a YouTube video, log on to Facebook and plug in their iPods, today's kids are getting stupider.At least, that's what Mark Bauerlein argues in his provocative book "The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future."Bauerlein, an English professor at Emory University in Atlanta, has spent the last few years touring the country evangelizing about the dangers of exposing the young to technology.His love-it-or-despise it book, newly released in paperback, has spawned heated arguments among parents, teachers and students who are spending more and more time plugged...
  • According to Yahoo- Obama is a genius! They just can't find any proof.. But he's a genius though!

    08/22/2009 1:57:38 PM PDT · by past_present · 21 replies · 1,370+ views
    Kids IQ Tests ^ | 8-22-09
    I was on the Yahoo homepage a second ago, and found a link that mentioned IQ's and such of famous people and what do you know! Obama is a genius! But I love how they come to that conclusion. And guess what? Republican IQ scores are very low. Who would have guessed...
  • George Bush is smarter than Obama...(vanity)

    08/19/2009 9:10:17 AM PDT · by Maverick68 · 48 replies · 1,513+ views
    There, I said it. After a year of campaigning, and 8 months of his Presidency, I have seen no evidence whatsoever that Barry Obama is actually more intelligent than George Bush. If we were keeping a running tally of gaffes, they are on course to be dead even. Without benefit of media cover, the populace at large would see the new President as a likable, sometimes well spoken buffoon. I would like to invite my fellow Freepers to use this post to present some of their favorite obama goofs and gaffes as sort of a reference post when engaging the...
  • Empty Suits Enjoy Intellectual Diplomatic Immunity

    08/07/2009 6:16:33 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 12 replies · 1,038+ views
    The "professor gone wild" episode involving Harvard professor Henry Lewis Gates, Jr. has generated enormous media attention, but few, if any, commentators have tried to explain why this distinguished African American professor "lost it." Having personally encountered numerous black affirmative action professors first hand, let me offer an explanation that transcends this particular incident. First, Gates is the classic black "empty suit:" the articulate, well-attired, well-credentialed, superficially scholarly African American who is really an imposter, an actor playing a role. Gullible white outsiders (but not professors in "real" academic departments), are just easily conned by fancy vocabulary, name dropping and...

    The dumbest Senator ever brags about his smarts ..
  • Kids' lower IQ scores linked to prenatal pollution

    07/20/2009 10:59:11 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 68 replies · 1,325+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 20, 2009
    CHICAGO -- Researchers for the first time have linked air pollution exposure before birth with lower IQ scores in childhood, bolstering evidence that smog may harm the developing brain. The results are in a study of 249 children of New York City women who wore backpack air monitors for 48 hours during the last few months of pregnancy. They lived in mostly low-income neighborhoods in northern Manhattan and the South Bronx. They had varying levels of exposure to typical kinds of urban air pollution, mostly from car, bus and truck exhaust.
  • Genius British Tot Scores 160 In IQ Test

    06/09/2009 7:30:02 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 63 replies · 2,455+ views
    All Headline News ^ | June 9, 2009 | Windsor Genova
    London, U.K. (AHN) - A two-year-old girl has become one of the smartest girls in the U.K. after her IQ was measured at 160, the same as that of physics professor Stephen Hawking and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Karina Oakley of Guildford, Surrey near London made the score in the Stanford-Binet IQ test administered by child psychologist Prof. Joan Freeman. Part of the test is answering questions and the tot gave imaginative answers. When Freeman asked, "What do you use your eyes for?" Karina replied, "You close them when you go to sleep" and "You put your contact lenses in...
  • 11-Year-Old Graduates College With Degree in Astrophysics

    06/07/2009 5:19:48 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies · 1,069+ views
    Fox News/AP ^ | June 7, 2009
    Like all of this year's graduates, Moshe Kai Cavalin is excited that he completed college, with a degree in astrophysics. But unlike the majority of college grads, Cavalin is only 11 years old and stands 4 feet, 7 inches tall. At the age of an average sixth-grader, Cavalin has gradated from East Los Angeles Community College. But, graduating college at 11 may not be his highest goal in life. "I want to be a movie actor and compete in the 2016 Olympics in martial arts," Cavalin told NBC affliate Wood TV.
  • Coincidence or Providence? Exclusive: Steve Deace sees great significance in spelling bee's victory

    06/06/2009 5:40:52 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 6 replies · 832+ views
    It might have been just a coincidence, but if it was, it was an awfully eerie one. Last week, 13-year-old Kayva Shivashankar won the 2009 National Spelling Bee by spelling the word "Laodicean." That word left a lot of Americans befuddled. Typically, the vast majority of Americans that are products of our nation's collective calamity known as the government schools have no clue how to spell or define the words used at the National Spelling Bee. "Laodicean" is certainly no different. The uninformed mainstream media did its typical best to keep Americans as uninformed as they are. Most of those...