Global IQ’s

What you do have to remember when looking at this map is that living conditions, particularly medical care and nutrition, have a major effect and IQ. About 100 years ago the average IQ of Britain was 70, so comparing developing countries with places like Japan and Germany is massively unfair. However, comparing countries in South Asia with  better developed African countries is fair. They both have equally poor standards of living.

A few of the IQ tests that this map is based on were quite suspect. The Ethiopian one in particular, which was done on half-starved, war traumatised Jewish refugees, freshly resettled in Israel.

1 Hong Kong 107             28  Argentina 96           55  Fiji 84
2  South Korea 106           29  Slovakia 96            56  Iran 84
3  Japan 105                      30  Uruguay 96            57  Marshall Islands 84
4  Taiwan 104                    31  Portugal 95           58  Puerto Rico 84
5  Singapore 103               32  Slovenia 95            59  Egypt 83
6  Austria 102                   33  Israel 95                 60  India 82
7  Germany 102                 34  Romania 95           61  Ecuador 80
8  Italy 102                        35   Bulgaria 94           62  Guatemala 79
9  Netherlands 102            36  Ireland 94              63  Barbados 78
10  Sweden 101                 37  Greece 94               64  Nepal 78
11  Switzerland 101           38  Malaysia 94            65  Qatar 78
12  Belgium 100                 39  Thailand 93            66  Zambia 77
13  China (PRC) 100            40  Croatia 92              67  Republic of the Congo 73
14  New Zealand 100           41  Peru 91                 68  Uganda 73
15  United Kingdom 100     42  Turkey 90               69  Jamaica 72
16  Hungary 99                   43  Indonesia 90          70  Kenya 72
17  Poland 99                      44  Mexico 89              71  South Africa 72
18  Spain 99                        45  Suriname 89          72  Sudan 72
19  Australia 98                  46  Brazil 87                 73  Tanzania 72
20  Denmark 98                  47  Iraq 87                   74  Ghana 71
21  France 98                      48  Colombia 87           75  Nigeria 69
22  Norway 98                    49  Samoa 87               76  Guinea 69
23  Finland 98                    50  Tonga 87                77  Zimbabwe 68
24  Canada 97                    51  Lebanon 86             78  Dem Rep Congo 67
25  Czech Republic 97        52  Philippines 86         79  Sierra Leone 67
26  United States 97           53  Cuba 85                   80  Ethiopia 66
27  Russia 96                     54  Morocco 85              81  Equatorial Guinea 66

Part of my argument that a fair part of racial IQ differences are genetic. The average black American IQ is 15 points lower than the white, this would put them lower than places like Suriname, Indonesia and Lebanon. I don’t think the living conditions of the average black American are anything like that bad.

It’s also apparent that the highest scorers are in the far East,  and while Taiwan is doing reasonably well, it’s living standards aren’t as high as those in America and Northern Europe, yet it’s population performs better.

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  1. Dan

    I disagree.

    Page 17-18

    “East Asian IQ’s were never estimated below 100 before the 1980’s (Figure 3). From the 1950’s and 60’s, for example, Lynn and Vanhanen have four IQ tests based on relatively large samples: Two from Japan (1951—based on Japanese immigrants to the U.S.—and another Japanese in Japan from 1967), one from Taiwan (1956, only a few years after the Nationalists were driven there from the
    mainland), and one from Hong Kong (1968). We also have a number of estimates from regions of China from the 1980’s and 1990’s, only one of which is below 100.”

    More here.

    http://www.mcgill.ca/files/economics/Jonespaper.pdf

    Asians during the sixties had IQs similar to Asian-Americans today even with lower standards of living. Also, quite a few east Europeon countries score in the range of western Europe despite worse conditions, above the middle east too, which has plentiful natural resources and no horrific history of communist repression and purges.

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