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Western IQ's plummeting - Why?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,608 ✭✭✭✭ For Forks Sake




  • Registered Users Posts: 2,499 ✭✭✭ Car99


    Because now we make our problems someone else's or get a machine to do the solving for us.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,300 ✭✭✭ cgcsb


    How do we know what average IQs were in victorian times?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,167 ✭✭✭ Still waters


    Eugenics ftw


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,654 ✭✭✭ KiKi III


    splashuum wrote: »
    There's been many articles published recently suggesting that IQ's in the west are dropping at an alarming rate. According to a study published by the University of Amsterdam, westerners have lost 14 IQ points on average since the Victorian
    age.

    NBC highlighted some of the potential reasons as mentioned below:

    "it was suggested that average intelligence is being pulled down because lower-IQ families are having more children. Alternatively, widening immigration might be bringing less-intelligent newcomers to societies"

    Previous research has also found that women of higher intelligence are having fewer children, meaning women of lower intelligence are driving population growth.

    How can we counter the "Dumbening" :D ?

    https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/iq-rates-are-dropping-many-developed-countries-doesn-t-bode-ncna1008576

    https://www.dailysabah.com/science/2018/06/14/dramatic-drop-in-peoples-iq-levels-since-1975-study-reveals

    Weird that you chose to quote that paragraph on immigration but not this one which immediately follows it:

    “However, a 2018 study of Norway has punctured these theories by showing that IQs are dropping not just across societies but within families. In other words, the issue is not that educated Norwegians are increasingly outnumbered by lower-IQ immigrants or the children of less-educated citizens. Even children born to high-IQ parents are slipping down the IQ ladder.”


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,911 ✭✭✭ begbysback


    Not much need for any data here to backup your statement, Trump & Boris Johnson are elected to run 2 of the most powerful nations in the world.

    I’ll say it again, take the “Do Not Drink” warning off the bottles of bleach, IQ will then rise once again.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,841 ✭✭✭✭ kowloon


    The immigrants are simultaneously stupid and stealing all the jobs?


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,468 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko


    kowloon wrote: »
    The immigrants are simultaneously stupid and stealing all the jobs?
    Not mine obviously, but maybe yours.









    I jest!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,167 ✭✭✭ Still waters


    begbysback wrote: »
    Not much need for any data here to backup your statement, Trump & Boris Johnson are elected to run 2 of the most powerful nations in the world.

    I’ll say it again, take the “Do Not Drink” warning off the bottles of bleach, IQ will then rise once again.

    There's probably truth in what you say, society has baby proofed itself against morons where as years ago morons killed themselves off doing stupid stuff


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,167 ✭✭✭ Still waters


    kowloon wrote: »
    The immigrants are simultaneously stupid and stealing all the jobs?

    While getting free houses and welfare, quite an achievement


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭ LiquidZeb


    kowloon wrote: »
    The immigrants are simultaneously stupid and stealing all the jobs?

    They both steal everyone's jobs and don't work and claim the dole. It's Current Affairs Schrodinger's cat.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,338 ✭✭✭ Odhinn


    kowloon wrote: »
    The immigrants are simultaneously stupid and stealing all the jobs?




    Yep, its Quantum Immigrantobia.


  • Registered Users Posts: 197 ✭✭ Mr Meanor


    KiKi III wrote: »
    Even children born to high-IQ parents are slipping down the IQ ladder.”

    I blame social media!
    I used to be genius level, now after years on forums and social media an orangutang could score higher IQ points than me and probably have better posts.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,911 ✭✭✭ begbysback


    There's probably truth in what you say, society has baby proofed itself against morons where as years ago morons killed themselves off doing stupid stuff

    And ask yourself, who breeds more, the dumb or the intelligent?

    We’re fcuked


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 738 ✭✭✭ Adrienne Millions Sportscaster


    I would think it's pretty simple: the high IQ are overworked and overtaxed, meaning that they are no longer having as many children. Provision of welfare in Western countries means that this is no longer an issue for lower IQ people.
    A generalisation of course, but I believe it goes a long way towards explaining it.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 40,086 ✭✭✭✭ Harry Palmr


    This thread is evidentof riding iqs


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,816 ✭✭✭ skooterblue2


    kowloon wrote: »
    The immigrants are simultaneously stupid and stealing all the jobs?

    Yup diversity quotas and tax advantages press native small business owners into the ground where they are already over taxed.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,911 ✭✭✭ begbysback


    This thread is evidentof riding iqs

    Recording this before it’s edited


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,925 ✭✭✭ xieann


    All work and no playboy.

    No energy left for fun.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,338 ✭✭✭ Odhinn


    Yup diversity quotas and tax advantages press native small business owners into the ground where they are already over taxed.




    Do please give us a few examples of "diversity quotas" and "tax advantages", if you would.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 326 ✭✭ Madalyn Curved Width


    All the clever people realise that the world is messed up, everything is absolutely pointless and that there's no point continuing on in this charade we call life so they end it. Nothing we do matters and they just enter eternal bliss...


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,676 ✭✭✭ jam_mac_jam


    That's very interesting. I could only guess the reasons in children, are they reading less that would effect performance in IQ tests.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Easy enough... social media and the convenience of the Internet.

    Few people bother to work out problems themselves anymore. Instead, they jump on to google or ask a friend online.

    Lazy brains.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,816 ✭✭✭ skooterblue2


    Odhinn wrote: »
    Do please give us a few examples of "diversity quotas" and "tax advantages", if you would.

    https://www.ihrec.ie/download/pdf/achieving_equality_in_intercultural_workplaces.pdf

    Myself and Mrs Skooter are heading out. get back to it later


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,925 ✭✭✭ xieann


    https://www.ihrec.ie/download/pdf/achieving_equality_in_intercultural_workplaces.pdf

    Myself and Mrs Skooter are heading out. get back to it later
    No other boardsies need risk asking for an update from ye so


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,244 ✭✭✭✭ namloc1980


    Laziness and having someone else to solve problems for you. The quality of young people entering the workforce is shockingly low. Degrees coming out their eyeballs but couldn't figure their way out of a wet paper bag.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,504 ✭✭✭ Outkast_IRE


    Were there IQ tests in victorian times ?

    It would be remiss no to mention that for most of history lads were just rounded up off the street to conscription , prisoners were conscripted etc. so some enforced natural selection was taking place . Which the richer more highly educated people were at no risk, they would be officers etc.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,187 ✭✭✭ FVP3


    The evidence in the link, and other links I have looked at, is that it is in fact a reduction in educational standards. And probably a reduction in reading.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,338 ✭✭✭ Odhinn


    https://www.ihrec.ie/download/pdf/achieving_equality_in_intercultural_workplaces.pdf

    Myself and Mrs Skooter are heading out. get back to it later


    Theres no "quotas" set in that, though it does refer to discrimination with Women, Travellers and the rest.


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