Lynn D. Johnson, Ph.D.
ljohnson at solution-consulting.com
Wed Jul 28 04:32:11 UTC 2004
I didn't understand Joel's reaction here. Actually, I am not sure that
Frank is too far off base, but I think the observation is irrelevant.
Here is why: approximately 50% of IQ is inherited, and it appears that
all human varieties (races) have around the same inherited portion. The
other 50% comes from environment; it appears to me that the Arab /
Islamic environments are quite impoverished. Their education seems
woefully inadquate, and the home environment (primary place for
nurturing high IQs) seems to be not be so hot. So an average of 90 would
But it is irrelevant because of the K / r reporductive strategies. If we
assumed the Islamic version is primarily r, then as Val says, they are
cannon fodder. Yet in every population there is a distribution. there
are outliers in the cannon fodder, the occasional brilliant one.
The average IQ is 100 (by definition, we keep moving the goalposts to
keep it that way) and the SD is 15. If a region has an average of 90, it
is likely some other region (the east side of Salt Lake City above 1300
east, for example, or Jewish neighborhoods, or Asian neighborhoods,
where education is highly valued) has one of 110. It has to balance out.
So proportionally, there are fewer >130 (superior) or >145 (genius
level) in the islamic group (further out from the mean, so fewer
examples) but because of the r reproductive strategy, you have a larger
group. Within that population, there will still be the 145 point IQ
examples. They can surely produce some wicked viruses. That is why the
average is irrelevant. Because there are always outliers, and the
greater the population, the more outliers, in absolute terms.
From what I understand, Iraq pre-Saddam was an enclave of smarties,
people who went to good universities and graduated in engineering and
science. Perhaps Saudi Arabia would be the mirror image, an excessively
religious society that de-emphasized secular learning. So we might argue
that Arab countries might have an average IQ of 90, but Iraq would have
been an exception. Saddam's blood thirsty appetite for killing the best
and brightest would keep education from being valued, so the national IQ
would naturally fall.
Salt Lake City
HowlBloom at aol.com wrote:
> I agree wholeheartedly. I'm astonished that Frank would say such
> things. He is an extremely intelligent and well-informed man.
> If Frank's attitude is indicative of a widespread opinion, this nation
> is in serious trouble. Or let's put it differently. This nation IS
> in grave danger. There's no doubt about it. One reason is the
> complacency for which Frank momentarily acted as spokesperson. Howard
> In a message dated 7/24/2004 8:18:46 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> isaacsonj at hotmail.com writes:
> Look, Premise Checker, it is downriight idiotic to pronounce an
> IQ of about 90" in Moslem nations. Where do get your facts?
> Also, denigrating the smarts of the adversary is an act of singular
> stupidity, sepecially in this case. Take it back and re-think
> the wisdom of your attitudes
> Howard Bloom
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