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    I'm suspicious of the IQ ranking from some Asian countries. Do they test a represenative sample of the population or do they have selective testing of only the brightest? As for Hong Kong most of its people are migrants, or children of migrants, from the surrounding areas of South China. They get the brightest people, the dimmer ones remain in their rural village or go to the dormitory factory towns. It is like here in the US where many educators rave about how smart Asian students are, while ignoring that only the brightest can generally make their way to the US.

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    Professor Lynn, who caused controversy last year by claiming that men were more intelligent than women by about five IQ points on average,
    Well, that's a 'claim'. Actual studies show very heterogenous outcomes, though: While some suggest men's IQ being higher and others suggest women's IQ being higher, the difference in all large enough (to be taken serious) studies known to me is between 2-5 points of IQ.

    Don't get me wrong, I do believe that there's a link between brain size and intelligence , but it isn't a direct, linear connection. The one doesn't automatically suggest the other, it's rather only an indicator, not a proof.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilderinc View Post
    The excuse that the brains are bigger simply to deal with visual input and has nothing to do with intelligence is one of the sillier things proposed by the New Scientists.
    On the other hand, a correlation between greater cranial capacity and intelligence would mean that the Neanderthal disappeared not due to its lesser intelligence or progressiveness, but by other reasons (I'm open to the theory, but it would immediately demand that question).

    It is of course true that we have large-sized crania than folks of let's say Micronesia. It is also true that we are on average far more intelligent. Whether there's a causative link or whether we're following a cum hoc ergo propter hoc type of argument, is actually rather immaterial. We have bigger brains AND a higher intelligence than them, whether one caused to other isn't that relevant.

    That being said, on a light-hearted note, anthropologist Tappeiner found in the 19th that both the largest and smallest-brained specimens had been discovered in skulls from The Tyrol, it does sound like us indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Æmeric
    I'm suspicious of the IQ ranking from some Asian countries.
    I tend to believe that Asians generally have a slightly higher IQ than we. But we should remember that IQ isnt everything (it says not much about qualities like creativity f.e.), and one factor that plays a role in IQ tests is speed, how fast you go through the test.

    Asians with their lettersigns which sometimes only differ by a ´ or ` or ' or whatever train their brain with visual riddles all the time. In addition, they have countless of these signs, so they actually must store big amounts of information for the very basic conversation tasks, which trains their brains from very early childhood.

    The brain is a muscle, and one can indeed train it and it is possible to raise the nominal IQ through constant training by 5 or even up to 10 points. Their stoic discipline in studying keeps up the training all the time on top. They can certainly think faster than we do, their visual combination / recognition works faster and certainly more complex than ours. This are side factors in IQ tests which might account for their better results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgard View Post
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/s...ists-find.html

    All this it will not make you smarter stuff is rubbish. Just look at the average IQ's for the locations listed and they correspond.

    According to one site average IQ's are as follows although I guess it depends on the test.

    Sweden 101
    England 100
    Philippines 86

    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=243484

    So I guess having a bigger brain will make you smarter. Who would have thought it. Still when you are politically correct you would not like to admit truth.

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    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...icle697134.ece
    Brain size is not everything. I remember reading—somewhere—that people with higher IQs expend less energy in solving problems. They measured how much energy that the brain used in solving some logical problems and found that the higher the person's IQ the less energy did his brain use. So there seem to be differences in neurochemistry and brain function as well that explains intelligence.

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    I'm wondering if there are big differences between the subraces as well. Of course you won't read about subraces in articles like this, but i reckon a Borreby individual with a huge head has a bigger brain volume than a Nordid individual with a narrow head. Or does the added volume of the protruding occiput of a Nordid completely make up for the narrow shape of his/her skull? Does anybody know more on this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sybren View Post
    I'm wondering if there are big differences between the subraces as well. Of course you won't read about subraces in articles like this, but i reckon a Borreby individual with a huge head has a bigger brain volume than a Nordid individual with a narrow head. Or does the added volume of the protruding occiput of a Nordid completely make up for the narrow shape of his/her skull? Does anybody know more on this?
    I believe Agrippa once said that they are about the same, but the more compacted skull shape is more energy efficient (meaning less heat is lost due to the reduced area).
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    Hmm, interesting. I think Cromagnid skulls are thicker also, so perhaps the brain "compartment" is indeed similar, with also the added space of a protruding occiput in Nordids/Atlantids.

    It's hard to believe though, when i compare my own narrow head to the head of Kurtwood Smith for example
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    Quote Originally Posted by velvet View Post
    I tend to believe that Asians generally have a slightly higher IQ than we.
    They have an higher average then we do. However we have a flatter bell curve in that regard. So we have more people on both extreme sides of the intelligence scale.

    Quote Originally Posted by Neophyte View Post
    Brain size is not everything. I remember reading—somewhere—that people with higher IQs expend less energy in solving problems.
    Brain size is indeed just one of the factors involved. The Scientific American had a nice article about this in their July publication.
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    My observations that black folk are even worst at driving at night, than they are in the day, lead me to think that maybe, as they are from brighter climes, that they cannot actually see very well in the dark, hence the reason they drive so very slowly at night, (either that or they are cruising for chicken takeaway shops?). The original article suggests my conclusions have some credence.

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