Saturday, May 7, 2011

How to Buy a Higher IQ

Some interesting studies on IQ, economic development (wealthy/poor countries & industrialized nations), health, etc....

A controversial 2002 book titled "IQ and the Wealth of Nations" gathered existing data on IQs to map them by country. North American and Europe looked good. Sub-Saharan Africa did not. Asia shined. Critics cried racism; there's a long history of intelligence research that blurs the divide between bigotry and investigation. In 2007, research by James Flynn published in "What is Intelligence" proved race-based arguments lacking. IQs the world over have been climbing for half a century, and they tend to jump quickly in poor countries that experience a spasm of economic growth--a phenomenon now called the Flynn Effect.
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