Cognitive Daily

Are you smart or stupid?

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  1. #1 nicerobot
    January 29, 2007

    I’m only 23% smarter than average :( LOL 23% smarter than the average person that took that test. Who are they? How old? What is their background? …?

  2. #2 Dave Munger
    January 29, 2007

    Heh.. Yeah, plus the whole percentage calculation is completely arbitrary. As far as I can tell, all they’re doing is giving back your score as a percentage of the mean (minus 100 percent), which, of course, is meaningless.

  3. #3 brtkrbzhnv
    January 30, 2007

    I got 28.9% (24), but I’m Swedish, and that test was quite US-centric. (That’s kind of a lame excuse; I do admit I should have known who that US president was.)

    “The average intelligence quotient (IQ) of all members of the human race is 100 on the Stanford-Binet scale, as illustrated in the bell curves in the figure below. The average IQ of racists is up to 4 IQ points less than this” is most likely incorrect, for they’ve probably used an IQ scale normalized on the population of some high-IQ nation, not the world as a whole. As the racists in these studies are most likely from high-IQ nations, they should have an IQ well above the world average even if they get a score of 96 when compared to their compatriots. Also: since some of those studies were done back when racism was fairly mainstream, I’d say that the results shouldn’t be used to draw conclusions about present-day conditions.

  4. #4 Dave Munger
    January 30, 2007

    I’d say that the results shouldn’t be used to draw conclusions about present-day conditions.

    I tend to agree with you — but then again, since racism is less prevalent today than in the 1940s in Western nations, I’d submit that the effect may be even more pronounced.