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From Stanford University Press:

Over the last few decades, economists and psychologists have quietly documented the many ways in which a person’s IQ matters. But, research suggests that a nation’s IQ matters so much more.

As Garett Jones argues in Hive Mind, modest differences in national IQ can explain most cross-country inequalities. Whereas IQ scores do a moderately good job of predicting individual wages, information processing power, and brain size, a country’s average score is a much stronger bellwether of its overall prosperity.

Drawing on an expansive array of research from psychology, economics, management, and political science, Jones argues that intelligence and cognitive skill are significantly more important on a national level than on an individual one because they have “positive spillovers.” On average, people who do better on standardized tests are more patient, more cooperative, and have better memories. As a result, these qualities—and others necessary to take on the complexity of a modern economy—become more prevalent in a society as national test scores rise. What’s more, when we are surrounded by slightly more patient, informed, and cooperative neighbors we take on these qualities a bit more ourselves. In other words, the worker bees in every nation create a “hive mind” with a power all its own. Once the hive is established, each individual has only a tiny impact on his or her own life.

Jones makes the case that, through better nutrition and schooling, we can raise IQ, thereby fostering higher savings rates, more productive teams, and more effective bureaucracies. After demonstrating how test scores that matter little for individuals can mean a world of difference for nations, the book leaves readers with policy-oriented conclusions and hopeful speculation: Whether we lift up the bottom through changing the nature of work, institutional improvements, or freer immigration, it is possible that this period of massive global inequality will be a short season by the standards of human history if we raise our global IQ.

About the author:

Garett Jones is Associate Professor of Economics at the Center for Study of Public Choice, George Mason University.

 
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  1. It’s funny, that term “hive mind” being used in a positive context. My wife and I keep bees. The little women don’t discriminate against drones from other colonies to enter and reproduce to create a more robust colony, but the immigration process is brutal. And they don’t care if Drones die after messing up. Hive mindedness comes at a Singaporean-level price.

  2. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Funny thing is currently South Korea is hosting 2015 World Education Forum 2015 which will release global test score in Science and Math for 15 year olds. Interesting part is for the 1st time it will include test score from African countries. So if you look at the test scores, it will confirm what many HDB folks have been saying for many decades, where East Asian score on top, followed by Europeans, then Hispanics with Africans at the very bottom.

    • Replies: @OhComeOn
    And yet no one wants to live in Asia, Asians want to live with us.

    There's a little more going on than what the IQ test as it stands now can measure.
  3. “Better nutrition and schooling” won’t raise national IQ. It is faster and more efficient to keep low IQ people out and let more high IQ people in.

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    “Better nutrition and schooling” won’t raise national IQ. It is faster and more efficient to keep low IQ people out and let more high IQ people in.
     
    And it is *most* efficient to encourage the production of high-IQ natives. No need to "let more high IQ people in".
  4. Wait, didn’t Lynn and Vanhanen make the same point a decade ago and get ignored? What changed since then? Oh right, Garrett is careful to provide “hope and change” at the end to make it go down easier.

    Do you think it’s worth telling such noble lies in order to get people to talk about IQ and national wealth? Or do people need the whole truth to make any progress?

  5. I look forward to reading the book. It will be interesting to see what unpersuasive head fake toward mass immigration Jones’ editors will have forced upon him (remember when EO Wilson was forced to endorse homosexuality?)

    • Replies: @International Jew

    It will be interesting to see what unpersuasive head fake toward mass immigration Jones’ editors will have forced upon him
     
    Agreed. I hate to say such things without reading the book, but I'm guessing the most interesting parts will be what he does to immunize himself from the usual racism accusations. Maybe he'll discover a subsaharan country that has an extraordinarily high average IQ, and a European one with a very low IQ. Wait, wait, and he'll observe that the African one benefited from more diversity!

    You can almost hear my bated breath! But here as elsewhere, I'm going to wait and see if maybe a smart blogger will read the book for me.

    Nicholas Wade's _A Troublesome Inheritance_ was so thoroughly suffused with that sort of immunization there was little else left.
  6. This reminds me of the saying that IQ is actually more important for generalizations than particularization. that is, better at explaining why a city/state/demographic is poor, than explaining why some individual is poor or rich.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Right, the conventional wisdom that maybe IQ tests or kind of okay for making predictions about individuals but obviously they are all wrong about groups is 180 degrees backward. Groups are easier than individuals.
  7. I was with this thing until the final paragraph.

    No question that putting people together creates competition, and if the bar is set high by having extremely bright (or extremely whatever, it depends on what you are trying to achieve) you will get a higher level among all the participants. We know this from folk wisdom, “men polish each other as diamonds do” but also in terms of “one bad apple spoils the whole bushel.”

    So in this sense national IQ can be raised (or, again, whatever) if you create specific groups and incentives. On the other hand, I am doubtful about the significant raise in IQ that will come from better nutrition (or, for that matter, breast feeding), or better schooling, on any nationwide basis.

    It’s just common sense to realize that everyone is not going to be gifted, but that some will, perhaps intellectually, or physically, or in many other respects. It’s also common sense to realize that if X is gifted on whatever curve you have in mind, Y will not, on the other end. Again, this applies to intelligence, or any other aptitude.

    I think the real problem is that the “talented tenth” will always be more successful, or, at any rate, with less effort, and one of the phony concepts of our time is that, if we are born equal, we should have equal outcomes. This confuses the abstractions of individual dignity and self-will (which are core values) versus the reality of competition and the outcomes of competition. So long as we keep confusing the two, and pretending that equal outcomes is that carrot just out of reach, we will continue to foster a political culture of resentment and grievance.

    • Replies: @foxy
    of course malnutrition lowers IQ.there is significant difference between African and African American IQ.even Lynn accepts it.
    , @Jim
    Areas with low amounts of iodine in the diet can probably have their average IQ raised by iodine dietary supplements. Iodine deficiency tends to be more common in mountainous areas so maybe a place like Afghanistan might benefit from iodine supplements.

    Possibly some areas with very high blood lead levels (such as found in certain parts of Mexico) would experience an IQ increase if that level could be lowered.
  8. This is why I didn’t get into academia; in the business world I can be surrounded by idiots and at least GET PAID for it.

    Obviously I agree with the core argument that a collectively higher IQ can have potentiating effects on a nation’s prosperity. But where on earth did he get the idea that “nutrition and schooling” can raise IQ??? (I believe first worlders have reached the limit as far as gains from nutrition are concerned. It’s a bit up in the air — perhaps nootropics or extreme diet changes or whatever may do something — so I’ll leave it alone. But schooling??? Yeah, right.)

    How does he expect national IQs to go up when IQ is inversely proportional to birthrate?

    And how on earth is it logically consistent that average national IQ matters a ton for wages, AND low-skilled (aka low IQ) immigrants have no net effect on a nation’s wages??? WTF? Either I should be sent back to 3rd grade or this guy should be tarred and feathered for knowingly spreading malicious lies under the guise of academic research.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    If he didn't add on that last paragraph of hope, would probably ruin his career, and the book probably would have a hard time getting published.

    But if done right, the intelligent should be able to read through the lines, even if they can't openly notice it.
    , @anonymous

    Either I should be sent back to 3rd grade or this guy should be tarred and feathered for knowingly spreading malicious lies under the guise of academic research.
     
    The tobacco industry hired doctors to claim there was no conclusive proof that cigarette smoking was harmful. That probably lead to delays in curtailing smoking and more dead smokers as a result. Charlatans with legitimate degrees can always be found and hired.
  9. Incidentally, Jones is a BYU grad. Bees and beehives are a prominent symbol in Mormonism:

    http://thetrumpetstone.blogspot.com/2011/04/bees-and-beehives-as-temple-symbols.html

  10. Jones makes the case that, through better nutrition and schooling, we can raise IQ,

    I wonder what evidence Jones will supply to support this. How can we improve nutrition when our country is already full of gentle giants? How can we close the gap when all attempts in the past 50 years have failed?

    Of course better breeding unquestionably would raise IQ, but Jones has a career to protect, so he won’t say that!

    Also discussion of average national IQ does not seem to address the idea of subcultures with different IQ’s. What if Silicon Valley is high IQ and Camden, NJ is low IQ? Does Camden’s IQ affect Palo Alto’s economic performance? Too much looking at the aggregate can get in the way of discerning the truth.

    • Replies: @TangoMan
    I wonder what evidence Jones will supply to support this. How can we improve nutrition when our country is already full of gentle giants?

    I suspect that he's looking at research which focused on deprivation in very poor societies. Diets which lack particular micronutrients do indeed depress IQ, so supplying micronutrients actually does raise IQ. There are charities which focus on that mission.

    Once deprivation is addressed, then more input doesn't work, so improving nutrition isn't going to do anything for the First World. Same likely applies to education - going to school for 4 years while there is a civil war going on and your school can't afford buildings, paper, books, pencils, etc is going to have a negative effect. Fix that and you see improvements. That thought doesn't translate into "enriched education" boosting IQ by providing kids with iPads and a networked classroom and learning circles and offer teaching fads.
  11. Hmmmm…, Dr. James Watson said something similar about “being inherently gloomy about the prospects for Africa” based on a continent’s IQ and look where that got him.

  12. Oh come on! IQ may matter but you can’t tell me the difference in standard of living between North and South Korea is because of IQ differences and it would be impossible to find a more ‘hive’ like nation than North Korea. Same situation existed and still exists between East and West Germany. Obviously things like political systems and economic policies have far more impact than IQ. China did not have a Great Leap Forward in national IQ in 1979, it discarded Maoist ideology and adopted a more capitalist economic system.

    • Replies: @jtgw
    You make very good points. I think the idea is that certain ideologies, like communism, actively suppress talent and thus the success or failure of such societies don't reflect their true potential from what you'd expect from their average IQ. Capitalism, on the other hand, rewards talent and punishes stupidity, so the economic and social potential of such societies can be realized. So when attempting to explain societal outcomes by IQ, you have to control for ideological differences as well, absolutely.
    , @AnAnon
    That proves that IQ can be bashed down by certain factors, not that it can be raised up.
    , @International Jew

    IQ may matter but you can’t tell me the difference in standard of living between North and South Korea is because of IQ differences
     
    Indeed it's not. Unfortunately, it's a lot easier to screw up a country, than to make it better--just as in child-rearing.

    Take two brothers, Yeung and Wook. If you give them both basically healthy diets but you give Yeung frozen vegetables and Wook fresh ones, maybe maybe you'll detect a small difference in their health. But if instead you feed Yeung arsenic, you'll see a really dramatic difference.

    , @mark
    If you think you are using "hive mind" in the same sense as the author, you fundamentally misunderstood the work. In the intended context, he's talking about an emergent property, not as a propensity toward herd behavior.
    , @Jim
    I doubt that anybody ever said that average IQ is the only factor affecting national wealth. I believe the Qatar has one of the highest ratios of GDP to population in the world although it's average IQ is fairly low. But it's no mystery why that is so.
  13. By the same token, if you are riding a train going up a grade, it’s really not important how powerful any one locomotive is. The important thing is that the train is one of those powerful trains – the kind that can pull all the locomotives along with it.

  14. @eric
    This reminds me of the saying that IQ is actually more important for generalizations than particularization. that is, better at explaining why a city/state/demographic is poor, than explaining why some individual is poor or rich.

    Right, the conventional wisdom that maybe IQ tests or kind of okay for making predictions about individuals but obviously they are all wrong about groups is 180 degrees backward. Groups are easier than individuals.

    • Replies: @Escher
    Asimov said the same thing in his description of the fictional science of Psychohistory. It is very hard to predict the future behaviour of an individual, but a large group is a lot easier, thanks to statistics.
  15. Cntl-F, search for “gene” or “genetic”. Empty set, but it does have “immigration”! So there.

  16. Re immigration: It would appear from this little summary that taking in high IQ immigrants would cause harm to the source country by lowering its national IQ. And taking low IQ immigrants into a Western nation would harm the Western nation by lowering its national IQ.

    So will they put 2 and 2 together?

    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    Again, the concept is known as "brain drain." I have not yet heard of any articles about a serious "brain drain" from India, China, or any Spanish or Portuguese speaking nation. I will follow any links.
  17. Jones makes the case that, through better nutrition and schooling, we can raise IQ, thereby fostering higher savings rates, more productive teams, and more effective bureaucracies. After demonstrating how test scores that matter little for individuals can mean a world of difference for nations, the book leaves readers with policy-oriented conclusions and hopeful speculation: Whether we lift up the bottom through changing the nature of work, institutional improvements, or freer immigration, it is possible that this period of massive global inequality will be a short season by the standards of human history if we raise our global IQ.

    So, don’t worry folks.Those 100 million plus Hispanic Amerinds and Mestizos that will be living in the USA by 2060? Super-Flynn to the rescue! They’ll have a mean IQ of 100 by then.Somehow.I mean, it’s got to happen? Right? I mean, if it doesn’t……My God…..

    • Replies: @SPmoore8
    I think the math is that 1,000,000 @ 85 = 1 @110. Which, after all, makes sense, since one million persons with IQs of 85 equals an IQ of 85 million!

    The lie is given with this: Whether we lift up the bottom through changing the nature of work, institutional improvements, or freer immigration, it is possible that this period of massive global inequality will be a short season by the standards of human history if we raise our global IQ.

    So apparently the aggregate rise in IQ, first attributed to better nutrition and better schooling, won't be enough, there has to be a "changing nature of work", "institutional improvements", and "freer immigration", although these concepts are nebulous and in dire need of fleshing out. Is mental anorexia a thing?
    , @Jefferson
    "So, don’t worry folks.Those 100 million plus Hispanic Amerinds and Mestizos that will be living in the USA by 2060? Super-Flynn to the rescue! They’ll have a mean IQ of 100 by then.Somehow.I mean, it’s got to happen? Right? I mean, if it doesn’t……My God….."

    Hispanics are almost 50 percent of the population in Los Angeles, yet they make up only 19 percent of the student body at UCLA.
    https://www.admissions.ucla.edu/campusprofile.htm

    If you eliminate affirmative action, the percentage of Hispanics at UCLA would dip even lower than 19 percent.
  18. “once the hive is established, each individual has only a tiny impact on his or her own life.”

    Stuff like this makes no sense. Human beings aren’t bees and we don’t live in hives. It all just smacks of more “it’s all society’s fault” excuses. Or “you didn’t build that” takedowns.

  19. @iSteveFan
    Re immigration: It would appear from this little summary that taking in high IQ immigrants would cause harm to the source country by lowering its national IQ. And taking low IQ immigrants into a Western nation would harm the Western nation by lowering its national IQ.

    So will they put 2 and 2 together?

    Again, the concept is known as “brain drain.” I have not yet heard of any articles about a serious “brain drain” from India, China, or any Spanish or Portuguese speaking nation. I will follow any links.

  20. @syonredux

    Jones makes the case that, through better nutrition and schooling, we can raise IQ, thereby fostering higher savings rates, more productive teams, and more effective bureaucracies. After demonstrating how test scores that matter little for individuals can mean a world of difference for nations, the book leaves readers with policy-oriented conclusions and hopeful speculation: Whether we lift up the bottom through changing the nature of work, institutional improvements, or freer immigration, it is possible that this period of massive global inequality will be a short season by the standards of human history if we raise our global IQ.
     
    So, don't worry folks.Those 100 million plus Hispanic Amerinds and Mestizos that will be living in the USA by 2060? Super-Flynn to the rescue! They'll have a mean IQ of 100 by then.Somehow.I mean, it's got to happen? Right? I mean, if it doesn't......My God.....

    I think the math is that 1,000,000 @ 85 = 1 @110. Which, after all, makes sense, since one million persons with IQs of 85 equals an IQ of 85 million!

    The lie is given with this: Whether we lift up the bottom through changing the nature of work, institutional improvements, or freer immigration, it is possible that this period of massive global inequality will be a short season by the standards of human history if we raise our global IQ.

    So apparently the aggregate rise in IQ, first attributed to better nutrition and better schooling, won’t be enough, there has to be a “changing nature of work”, “institutional improvements”, and “freer immigration”, although these concepts are nebulous and in dire need of fleshing out. Is mental anorexia a thing?

  21. Here, kid, have a Happy Meal. Now, get lost!
    Alas, another program to promulgate the idea, that it’s just a tweak of the education system to guarantee superior educational results from inferior individuals. Eat and read our way to Successville, USA. Oh, Wild Speculation and Abandoned Restraint, on to Glory- and Fame-ism.

  22. I score 4 standard deviations up from the mean.

    That’s had a hell of lot greater effect on my life than the various countries I’ve lived in.

  23. The Nazis were highly intelligent but not very patient or cooperative.

  24. So, La Griffe du Lion finally published? lol

  25. Poor nations can probably benefit from work to improve nutrition. Iodized salt likely has had a significant effect on the rate of mental retardation due to iodine deficiency. But it’s not going to be exceptionally effective in First World countries, even in the very poor regions.

    It’s not going to be helpful in dealing with *our* problems, in other words, and those are the ones we’re naturally most concerned with.

    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    Iodized salt likely has had a significant effect on the rate of mental retardation due to iodine deficiency. True, and lack of iodine also led to endemic thyroid problems such as goiters in parts of the world with low iodine in the soil, e.g., Southern Germany, Switzerland. However, that's precisely why iodized salt is everywhere. And no one has ever claimed that minority communities don't get enough salt, rather, too much, leading to hypertension.
  26. @Jeff W.

    Jones makes the case that, through better nutrition and schooling, we can raise IQ,
     
    I wonder what evidence Jones will supply to support this. How can we improve nutrition when our country is already full of gentle giants? How can we close the gap when all attempts in the past 50 years have failed?

    Of course better breeding unquestionably would raise IQ, but Jones has a career to protect, so he won't say that!

    Also discussion of average national IQ does not seem to address the idea of subcultures with different IQ's. What if Silicon Valley is high IQ and Camden, NJ is low IQ? Does Camden's IQ affect Palo Alto's economic performance? Too much looking at the aggregate can get in the way of discerning the truth.

    I wonder what evidence Jones will supply to support this. How can we improve nutrition when our country is already full of gentle giants?

    I suspect that he’s looking at research which focused on deprivation in very poor societies. Diets which lack particular micronutrients do indeed depress IQ, so supplying micronutrients actually does raise IQ. There are charities which focus on that mission.

    Once deprivation is addressed, then more input doesn’t work, so improving nutrition isn’t going to do anything for the First World. Same likely applies to education – going to school for 4 years while there is a civil war going on and your school can’t afford buildings, paper, books, pencils, etc is going to have a negative effect. Fix that and you see improvements. That thought doesn’t translate into “enriched education” boosting IQ by providing kids with iPads and a networked classroom and learning circles and offer teaching fads.

  27. “Better nutrition and schooling” won’t raise national IQ. It is faster and more efficient to keep low IQ people out and let more high IQ people in.

    Keeping out low IQ populations and letting in high IQ populations won’t reduce the problems shown by Putnam (inter alia). It is better to keep out low IQ and non-European populations, and let in high IQ European populations.

  28. @Gazoo
    "Better nutrition and schooling" won't raise national IQ. It is faster and more efficient to keep low IQ people out and let more high IQ people in.

    “Better nutrition and schooling” won’t raise national IQ. It is faster and more efficient to keep low IQ people out and let more high IQ people in.

    And it is *most* efficient to encourage the production of high-IQ natives. No need to “let more high IQ people in”.

  29. @SPMoore8
    I was with this thing until the final paragraph.

    No question that putting people together creates competition, and if the bar is set high by having extremely bright (or extremely whatever, it depends on what you are trying to achieve) you will get a higher level among all the participants. We know this from folk wisdom, "men polish each other as diamonds do" but also in terms of "one bad apple spoils the whole bushel."

    So in this sense national IQ can be raised (or, again, whatever) if you create specific groups and incentives. On the other hand, I am doubtful about the significant raise in IQ that will come from better nutrition (or, for that matter, breast feeding), or better schooling, on any nationwide basis.

    It's just common sense to realize that everyone is not going to be gifted, but that some will, perhaps intellectually, or physically, or in many other respects. It's also common sense to realize that if X is gifted on whatever curve you have in mind, Y will not, on the other end. Again, this applies to intelligence, or any other aptitude.

    I think the real problem is that the "talented tenth" will always be more successful, or, at any rate, with less effort, and one of the phony concepts of our time is that, if we are born equal, we should have equal outcomes. This confuses the abstractions of individual dignity and self-will (which are core values) versus the reality of competition and the outcomes of competition. So long as we keep confusing the two, and pretending that equal outcomes is that carrot just out of reach, we will continue to foster a political culture of resentment and grievance.

    of course malnutrition lowers IQ.there is significant difference between African and African American IQ.even Lynn accepts it.

    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    Are we talking starvation, or what? Except that starvation is not a problem in the United States, and you know it.

    On the other hand, if you are telling me that IQ is correlated with eating a proper food pyramid, then tell me what amount of fresh fruits and vegetables will increase IQ.

    Meanwhile, there are already numerous programs in existence to make sure that low income families get nutritional supplements, free meals in school, and many other things, none of which were available in the '60's, when I can tell you they could have helped.

    The argument again is that "better nutrition" will raise US IQ scores, the argument is not "malnutrition" (i.e., starvation) will lower them. It's a bogus argument.
    , @Joe Farnsworth
    And American blacks have an admixture of 18% to 20% of Caucasian genetic ancestry! Blacks in rural Mississippi and Alabama have an average IQ of 72 due to less white blood.
    , @Jim
    According to Lynn average IQ in Sub-Saharan African ranges from about 60 to 80 depending on area with an overall average of 70. He estimates that improvements in environment could raise that average to about 80. He attributes the 85 average IQ of African-Americans to a combination of much better environment and some degree of white admixture.

    The average IQ in the US Virgin Islands is 78 according to one study. Presumably the US Virgin Islands is way above Sub-Saharan Africa in environmental conditions. The population is predominantly African but there is some Amerindian genetic contribution.
  30. advancedatheist [AKA "RedneckCryonicist"] says:

    So how does Garett Jones explain dirt-poor white people with high IQ’s, like my father? The U.S. Army Air Forces drafted him in 1945, looked at this IQ score and trained him to become a cryptographer.

  31. jtgw says:
    @unit472
    Oh come on! IQ may matter but you can't tell me the difference in standard of living between North and South Korea is because of IQ differences and it would be impossible to find a more 'hive' like nation than North Korea. Same situation existed and still exists between East and West Germany. Obviously things like political systems and economic policies have far more impact than IQ. China did not have a Great Leap Forward in national IQ in 1979, it discarded Maoist ideology and adopted a more capitalist economic system.

    You make very good points. I think the idea is that certain ideologies, like communism, actively suppress talent and thus the success or failure of such societies don’t reflect their true potential from what you’d expect from their average IQ. Capitalism, on the other hand, rewards talent and punishes stupidity, so the economic and social potential of such societies can be realized. So when attempting to explain societal outcomes by IQ, you have to control for ideological differences as well, absolutely.

  32. @foxy
    of course malnutrition lowers IQ.there is significant difference between African and African American IQ.even Lynn accepts it.

    Are we talking starvation, or what? Except that starvation is not a problem in the United States, and you know it.

    On the other hand, if you are telling me that IQ is correlated with eating a proper food pyramid, then tell me what amount of fresh fruits and vegetables will increase IQ.

    Meanwhile, there are already numerous programs in existence to make sure that low income families get nutritional supplements, free meals in school, and many other things, none of which were available in the ’60’s, when I can tell you they could have helped.

    The argument again is that “better nutrition” will raise US IQ scores, the argument is not “malnutrition” (i.e., starvation) will lower them. It’s a bogus argument.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Cranial Capacity of modern people are 180-200 cubic centimeters bigger than 100-150 years ago (see Richard Jantz, 2012). The standart deviation of modern cranial capacity is about 110 cc. Well... This probably has a lot to do with the Flynn Effect .
    It's not just a matter of going hungry or not, because there is not a point x in which one can say exactly : less than x is hunger, more than x is well fed. In addition, there are probably substances that can bring cognitive gains that today are not seen as micronutrients. On the other hand it is clear that the return of better nutrition now would be lower than our ancestors experienced in the last century.
  33. @Melendwyr
    Poor nations can probably benefit from work to improve nutrition. Iodized salt likely has had a significant effect on the rate of mental retardation due to iodine deficiency. But it's not going to be exceptionally effective in First World countries, even in the very poor regions.

    It's not going to be helpful in dealing with *our* problems, in other words, and those are the ones we're naturally most concerned with.

    Iodized salt likely has had a significant effect on the rate of mental retardation due to iodine deficiency. True, and lack of iodine also led to endemic thyroid problems such as goiters in parts of the world with low iodine in the soil, e.g., Southern Germany, Switzerland. However, that’s precisely why iodized salt is everywhere. And no one has ever claimed that minority communities don’t get enough salt, rather, too much, leading to hypertension.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    South Asia could use more iodized salt.
  34. It’s late and I have to go to sleep (high on Benadryl – another f-ing tick bite) but, but, bees, hives, is he advocating for Mormonism? Maybe a new, progressive and synergistic Mormonism? I mean, all these past posts of endless Chetty charts and finding out that Utah is numero uno CONSTANTLY for so, so many things, makes me think that Utah is the answer?

  35. @Anon
    Funny thing is currently South Korea is hosting 2015 World Education Forum 2015 which will release global test score in Science and Math for 15 year olds. Interesting part is for the 1st time it will include test score from African countries. So if you look at the test scores, it will confirm what many HDB folks have been saying for many decades, where East Asian score on top, followed by Europeans, then Hispanics with Africans at the very bottom.

    And yet no one wants to live in Asia, Asians want to live with us.

    There’s a little more going on than what the IQ test as it stands now can measure.

    • Replies: @gjk
    "And yet no one wants to live in Asia, Asians want to live with us."

    Oh shut up.

    Asians don't want to live with you, Asians CAN live with you. There's the distinction.
  36. “…freer immigration…”

    I see why he could get away with saying all that stuff about IQ!

    This is easy.

  37. “How Your Nation’s IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own”

    Has a single line ever summed up so clearly the implicit motivation of every single third-world immigrant, migrant and “refugee”? They understand it; why don’t our elites?

    • Replies: @Remnant
    Further on this point, I just read Martin Witkirk's post on VDare about the ongoing relevance of the Camp of the Saints, and I must say it makes my above point (and Garrett Jones') even more apparent:

    "An affluent society such as that found on the Côte d’Azur is the end-product of generations of hard work, intelligence, and self-denial. In most of the world, one or more of these elements has generally been lacking, and they cannot be made up for within a single generation, even by the coordinated efforts of an entire society, let alone by individuals. The only way for a poor person in a poor country to enjoy the fruits of prosperity within his own lifetime is to move to where they already exist."

    http://www.vdare.com/articles/the-relevance-of-raspail-visionary-french-novelist-saw-it-coming-published-just-before-censorship-crackdown

    I'm sure Jones' "Hive Mind" makes liberal and frequent reference to Rapail's Camp of the Saints to bolster his thesis....
  38. ‘Hive mind’ ?

    Methinks that Sailerism is now making inroads amongst the ‘trendyocracy’ and might soon set the standard for their very own ‘hive mind’.

  39. @SPMoore8
    Iodized salt likely has had a significant effect on the rate of mental retardation due to iodine deficiency. True, and lack of iodine also led to endemic thyroid problems such as goiters in parts of the world with low iodine in the soil, e.g., Southern Germany, Switzerland. However, that's precisely why iodized salt is everywhere. And no one has ever claimed that minority communities don't get enough salt, rather, too much, leading to hypertension.

    South Asia could use more iodized salt.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    And less outdoor defecation.
    , @Romanian
    Mr. Sailer, have you seen this article?

    It's very straightforward.

    http://www.vice.com/read/we-asked-an-expert-happen-if-eu-opened-borders-to-everyone-584

    I don't read stuff on vice very often, but they have ok things. Not anymore!
  40. @Steve Sailer
    South Asia could use more iodized salt.

    And less outdoor defecation.

  41. @sprfls
    This is why I didn't get into academia; in the business world I can be surrounded by idiots and at least GET PAID for it.

    Obviously I agree with the core argument that a collectively higher IQ can have potentiating effects on a nation's prosperity. But where on earth did he get the idea that "nutrition and schooling" can raise IQ??? (I believe first worlders have reached the limit as far as gains from nutrition are concerned. It's a bit up in the air -- perhaps nootropics or extreme diet changes or whatever may do something -- so I'll leave it alone. But schooling??? Yeah, right.)

    How does he expect national IQs to go up when IQ is inversely proportional to birthrate?

    And how on earth is it logically consistent that average national IQ matters a ton for wages, AND low-skilled (aka low IQ) immigrants have no net effect on a nation's wages??? WTF? Either I should be sent back to 3rd grade or this guy should be tarred and feathered for knowingly spreading malicious lies under the guise of academic research.

    If he didn’t add on that last paragraph of hope, would probably ruin his career, and the book probably would have a hard time getting published.

    But if done right, the intelligent should be able to read through the lines, even if they can’t openly notice it.

    • Replies: @sprfls
    Normally I would agree with you -- that he merely hedges his reputation by adding that statement while allowing those in the know to read between the lines. However in this case immigration is one of his central concerns. Straight from his short bio from his personal website:

    A two standard deviation rise in an individual person’s IQ predicts only about a 30% increase in her wage. But the same rise in a country’s average IQ score predicts a 700% increase in the average wage in that country. I want to understand why IQ appears to have such a large social multiplier.

    ...

    An even more important implication of my research is that low-skilled immigrants should be allowed to work in the world’s richest countries: Low-skilled immigrants have little or no net effect on the wages of the citizens of rich countries, but their lives massively improve when they are allowed to work in these countries. I’m currently at work on a book on these themes: The working title is Hive Mind: How your nation’s IQ matters so much more than your own.

     
    So, a) average national IQ is a massively important predictor of average wage, and seems to have potentiating effects, and b) low-skilled, low-IQ workers have no net effect on average wages. For the life of me I don't understand how a) and b) can both be true. Anyone care to explain?

    Frankly I'm tired of this deference to economists when in reality the majority simply aren't wearing any clothes.
  42. Jones has a 25 page essay online at http://mason.gmu.edu/~gjonesb/IQandNationalProductivity.pdf that probably serves as a good approximation of a summary for this new book.

    My main point of critique would be that Jones seems to causally attribute some things to IQ that may be mere correlations. For example, he cites experimental findings that show high-IQ individuals tend to be more cooperating in repeated prisoner’s dilemma-type games. However, the correlation may plausibly be the result of cross-assortative mating or gene/culture co-evolution without a direct causative pathway from better cognition to a tendency for cooperation.

    One of his main points is that research indicates that the IQ-wealth relationship may be up to six times stronger for collectives (nations) as a whole than for individuals within such collectives.

    This should actually incentivize the open borders crowd to double down on their efforts, at least as far as their final goal is global equality.

    An interesting study would be to investigate the relationship between IQ and wealth for market dominant minorities compared to the host nation: If the IQ effect on wealth is larger than would be expected for individuals within the host nation, it would suggest that the minority functions as a nation-within-a-nation, separate from the host, rather than as a bunch of individuals who just happen to be intelligent.

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    This should actually incentivize the open borders crowd to double down on their efforts, at least as far as their final goal is global equality.
     
    There is equality only in death.
  43. @Remnant
    "How Your Nation’s IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own"

    Has a single line ever summed up so clearly the implicit motivation of every single third-world immigrant, migrant and "refugee"? They understand it; why don't our elites?

    Further on this point, I just read Martin Witkirk’s post on VDare about the ongoing relevance of the Camp of the Saints, and I must say it makes my above point (and Garrett Jones’) even more apparent:

    “An affluent society such as that found on the Côte d’Azur is the end-product of generations of hard work, intelligence, and self-denial. In most of the world, one or more of these elements has generally been lacking, and they cannot be made up for within a single generation, even by the coordinated efforts of an entire society, let alone by individuals. The only way for a poor person in a poor country to enjoy the fruits of prosperity within his own lifetime is to move to where they already exist.”

    http://www.vdare.com/articles/the-relevance-of-raspail-visionary-french-novelist-saw-it-coming-published-just-before-censorship-crackdown

    I’m sure Jones’ “Hive Mind” makes liberal and frequent reference to Rapail’s Camp of the Saints to bolster his thesis….

  44. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @SPMoore8
    Are we talking starvation, or what? Except that starvation is not a problem in the United States, and you know it.

    On the other hand, if you are telling me that IQ is correlated with eating a proper food pyramid, then tell me what amount of fresh fruits and vegetables will increase IQ.

    Meanwhile, there are already numerous programs in existence to make sure that low income families get nutritional supplements, free meals in school, and many other things, none of which were available in the '60's, when I can tell you they could have helped.

    The argument again is that "better nutrition" will raise US IQ scores, the argument is not "malnutrition" (i.e., starvation) will lower them. It's a bogus argument.

    Cranial Capacity of modern people are 180-200 cubic centimeters bigger than 100-150 years ago (see Richard Jantz, 2012). The standart deviation of modern cranial capacity is about 110 cc. Well… This probably has a lot to do with the Flynn Effect .
    It’s not just a matter of going hungry or not, because there is not a point x in which one can say exactly : less than x is hunger, more than x is well fed. In addition, there are probably substances that can bring cognitive gains that today are not seen as micronutrients. On the other hand it is clear that the return of better nutrition now would be lower than our ancestors experienced in the last century.

    • Replies: @SPMoore8
    Not sure why you are telling me about cranial capacity. Prior to induced labor and/or Caesarians (and antibiotics) I'm sure the mortality for large headed babies (and mothers) was high.

    Nor do I understand why you are bringing up x/y hunger, micronutrients, etc. Are you saying that the USA national IQ can be raised by dietary changes? I strongly dispute this claim of malnourishment in the US. If it exists, it is due to the conduct of individual families. So how much intervention do you champion?

    If you want to talk about 5-10 IQ points, fine. I can see that by optimizing conditions. But when people say that you can do x and y simply by better nutrition or better schooling it makes me think the person saying that does not actually have any life experience with low IQ persons.
  45. First two paragraphs : good. agree. etc.
    Last Paragraph : Shows that even authors of books on Hive Mindedness are just as influenced by the Hive as everyone else.

    He kinda proves his own point. Idiot.

  46. Sorry for triple-post Gremlins.

  47. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @sprfls
    This is why I didn't get into academia; in the business world I can be surrounded by idiots and at least GET PAID for it.

    Obviously I agree with the core argument that a collectively higher IQ can have potentiating effects on a nation's prosperity. But where on earth did he get the idea that "nutrition and schooling" can raise IQ??? (I believe first worlders have reached the limit as far as gains from nutrition are concerned. It's a bit up in the air -- perhaps nootropics or extreme diet changes or whatever may do something -- so I'll leave it alone. But schooling??? Yeah, right.)

    How does he expect national IQs to go up when IQ is inversely proportional to birthrate?

    And how on earth is it logically consistent that average national IQ matters a ton for wages, AND low-skilled (aka low IQ) immigrants have no net effect on a nation's wages??? WTF? Either I should be sent back to 3rd grade or this guy should be tarred and feathered for knowingly spreading malicious lies under the guise of academic research.

    Either I should be sent back to 3rd grade or this guy should be tarred and feathered for knowingly spreading malicious lies under the guise of academic research.

    The tobacco industry hired doctors to claim there was no conclusive proof that cigarette smoking was harmful. That probably lead to delays in curtailing smoking and more dead smokers as a result. Charlatans with legitimate degrees can always be found and hired.

    • Replies: @dcite
    .
  48. @foxy
    of course malnutrition lowers IQ.there is significant difference between African and African American IQ.even Lynn accepts it.

    And American blacks have an admixture of 18% to 20% of Caucasian genetic ancestry! Blacks in rural Mississippi and Alabama have an average IQ of 72 due to less white blood.

  49. @Steve Sailer
    Right, the conventional wisdom that maybe IQ tests or kind of okay for making predictions about individuals but obviously they are all wrong about groups is 180 degrees backward. Groups are easier than individuals.

    Asimov said the same thing in his description of the fictional science of Psychohistory. It is very hard to predict the future behaviour of an individual, but a large group is a lot easier, thanks to statistics.

  50. @Anonymous
    Cranial Capacity of modern people are 180-200 cubic centimeters bigger than 100-150 years ago (see Richard Jantz, 2012). The standart deviation of modern cranial capacity is about 110 cc. Well... This probably has a lot to do with the Flynn Effect .
    It's not just a matter of going hungry or not, because there is not a point x in which one can say exactly : less than x is hunger, more than x is well fed. In addition, there are probably substances that can bring cognitive gains that today are not seen as micronutrients. On the other hand it is clear that the return of better nutrition now would be lower than our ancestors experienced in the last century.

    Not sure why you are telling me about cranial capacity. Prior to induced labor and/or Caesarians (and antibiotics) I’m sure the mortality for large headed babies (and mothers) was high.

    Nor do I understand why you are bringing up x/y hunger, micronutrients, etc. Are you saying that the USA national IQ can be raised by dietary changes? I strongly dispute this claim of malnourishment in the US. If it exists, it is due to the conduct of individual families. So how much intervention do you champion?

    If you want to talk about 5-10 IQ points, fine. I can see that by optimizing conditions. But when people say that you can do x and y simply by better nutrition or better schooling it makes me think the person saying that does not actually have any life experience with low IQ persons.

  51. @unit472
    Oh come on! IQ may matter but you can't tell me the difference in standard of living between North and South Korea is because of IQ differences and it would be impossible to find a more 'hive' like nation than North Korea. Same situation existed and still exists between East and West Germany. Obviously things like political systems and economic policies have far more impact than IQ. China did not have a Great Leap Forward in national IQ in 1979, it discarded Maoist ideology and adopted a more capitalist economic system.

    That proves that IQ can be bashed down by certain factors, not that it can be raised up.

    • Replies: @Cpluskx
    Take an ethnic group and make only the most intelligent 25% have children. Avg iq of the next generation will be 15+ points higher. Increasing avg iq is beyond easy.
  52. @AnAnon
    That proves that IQ can be bashed down by certain factors, not that it can be raised up.

    Take an ethnic group and make only the most intelligent 25% have children. Avg iq of the next generation will be 15+ points higher. Increasing avg iq is beyond easy.

  53. @Harry
    Jones has a 25 page essay online at http://mason.gmu.edu/~gjonesb/IQandNationalProductivity.pdf that probably serves as a good approximation of a summary for this new book.

    My main point of critique would be that Jones seems to causally attribute some things to IQ that may be mere correlations. For example, he cites experimental findings that show high-IQ individuals tend to be more cooperating in repeated prisoner's dilemma-type games. However, the correlation may plausibly be the result of cross-assortative mating or gene/culture co-evolution without a direct causative pathway from better cognition to a tendency for cooperation.

    One of his main points is that research indicates that the IQ-wealth relationship may be up to six times stronger for collectives (nations) as a whole than for individuals within such collectives.

    This should actually incentivize the open borders crowd to double down on their efforts, at least as far as their final goal is global equality.

    An interesting study would be to investigate the relationship between IQ and wealth for market dominant minorities compared to the host nation: If the IQ effect on wealth is larger than would be expected for individuals within the host nation, it would suggest that the minority functions as a nation-within-a-nation, separate from the host, rather than as a bunch of individuals who just happen to be intelligent.

    This should actually incentivize the open borders crowd to double down on their efforts, at least as far as their final goal is global equality.

    There is equality only in death.

    • Replies: @Jim
    Not if you get buried in a fancy mausoleum instead of being dumped in a dirt pit.
  54. @Veracitor
    I look forward to reading the book. It will be interesting to see what unpersuasive head fake toward mass immigration Jones' editors will have forced upon him (remember when EO Wilson was forced to endorse homosexuality?)

    It will be interesting to see what unpersuasive head fake toward mass immigration Jones’ editors will have forced upon him

    Agreed. I hate to say such things without reading the book, but I’m guessing the most interesting parts will be what he does to immunize himself from the usual racism accusations. Maybe he’ll discover a subsaharan country that has an extraordinarily high average IQ, and a European one with a very low IQ. Wait, wait, and he’ll observe that the African one benefited from more diversity!

    You can almost hear my bated breath! But here as elsewhere, I’m going to wait and see if maybe a smart blogger will read the book for me.

    Nicholas Wade’s _A Troublesome Inheritance_ was so thoroughly suffused with that sort of immunization there was little else left.

  55. @anonymous

    Either I should be sent back to 3rd grade or this guy should be tarred and feathered for knowingly spreading malicious lies under the guise of academic research.
     
    The tobacco industry hired doctors to claim there was no conclusive proof that cigarette smoking was harmful. That probably lead to delays in curtailing smoking and more dead smokers as a result. Charlatans with legitimate degrees can always be found and hired.

    .

  56. @unit472
    Oh come on! IQ may matter but you can't tell me the difference in standard of living between North and South Korea is because of IQ differences and it would be impossible to find a more 'hive' like nation than North Korea. Same situation existed and still exists between East and West Germany. Obviously things like political systems and economic policies have far more impact than IQ. China did not have a Great Leap Forward in national IQ in 1979, it discarded Maoist ideology and adopted a more capitalist economic system.

    IQ may matter but you can’t tell me the difference in standard of living between North and South Korea is because of IQ differences

    Indeed it’s not. Unfortunately, it’s a lot easier to screw up a country, than to make it better–just as in child-rearing.

    Take two brothers, Yeung and Wook. If you give them both basically healthy diets but you give Yeung frozen vegetables and Wook fresh ones, maybe maybe you’ll detect a small difference in their health. But if instead you feed Yeung arsenic, you’ll see a really dramatic difference.

  57. You’ve got such a glut of Chinese guys with no women. Why don’t these guys make babies with African women. It works in two ways. Blasians often times turn out to be quite beautiful, and it raises their national IQ. It’s win-win.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "You’ve got such a glut of Chinese guys with no women. Why don’t these guys make babies with African women. It works in two ways. Blasians often times turn out to be quite beautiful, and it raises their national IQ. It’s win-win."

    Are Blasians in high demand on the dating market?
  58. @unit472
    Oh come on! IQ may matter but you can't tell me the difference in standard of living between North and South Korea is because of IQ differences and it would be impossible to find a more 'hive' like nation than North Korea. Same situation existed and still exists between East and West Germany. Obviously things like political systems and economic policies have far more impact than IQ. China did not have a Great Leap Forward in national IQ in 1979, it discarded Maoist ideology and adopted a more capitalist economic system.

    If you think you are using “hive mind” in the same sense as the author, you fundamentally misunderstood the work. In the intended context, he’s talking about an emergent property, not as a propensity toward herd behavior.

  59. @OhComeOn
    And yet no one wants to live in Asia, Asians want to live with us.

    There's a little more going on than what the IQ test as it stands now can measure.

    “And yet no one wants to live in Asia, Asians want to live with us.”

    Oh shut up.

    Asians don’t want to live with you, Asians CAN live with you. There’s the distinction.

  60. Jim says:
    @foxy
    of course malnutrition lowers IQ.there is significant difference between African and African American IQ.even Lynn accepts it.

    According to Lynn average IQ in Sub-Saharan African ranges from about 60 to 80 depending on area with an overall average of 70. He estimates that improvements in environment could raise that average to about 80. He attributes the 85 average IQ of African-Americans to a combination of much better environment and some degree of white admixture.

    The average IQ in the US Virgin Islands is 78 according to one study. Presumably the US Virgin Islands is way above Sub-Saharan Africa in environmental conditions. The population is predominantly African but there is some Amerindian genetic contribution.

  61. Jim says:
    @SPMoore8
    I was with this thing until the final paragraph.

    No question that putting people together creates competition, and if the bar is set high by having extremely bright (or extremely whatever, it depends on what you are trying to achieve) you will get a higher level among all the participants. We know this from folk wisdom, "men polish each other as diamonds do" but also in terms of "one bad apple spoils the whole bushel."

    So in this sense national IQ can be raised (or, again, whatever) if you create specific groups and incentives. On the other hand, I am doubtful about the significant raise in IQ that will come from better nutrition (or, for that matter, breast feeding), or better schooling, on any nationwide basis.

    It's just common sense to realize that everyone is not going to be gifted, but that some will, perhaps intellectually, or physically, or in many other respects. It's also common sense to realize that if X is gifted on whatever curve you have in mind, Y will not, on the other end. Again, this applies to intelligence, or any other aptitude.

    I think the real problem is that the "talented tenth" will always be more successful, or, at any rate, with less effort, and one of the phony concepts of our time is that, if we are born equal, we should have equal outcomes. This confuses the abstractions of individual dignity and self-will (which are core values) versus the reality of competition and the outcomes of competition. So long as we keep confusing the two, and pretending that equal outcomes is that carrot just out of reach, we will continue to foster a political culture of resentment and grievance.

    Areas with low amounts of iodine in the diet can probably have their average IQ raised by iodine dietary supplements. Iodine deficiency tends to be more common in mountainous areas so maybe a place like Afghanistan might benefit from iodine supplements.

    Possibly some areas with very high blood lead levels (such as found in certain parts of Mexico) would experience an IQ increase if that level could be lowered.

  62. @ben tillman

    This should actually incentivize the open borders crowd to double down on their efforts, at least as far as their final goal is global equality.
     
    There is equality only in death.

    Not if you get buried in a fancy mausoleum instead of being dumped in a dirt pit.

  63. @unit472
    Oh come on! IQ may matter but you can't tell me the difference in standard of living between North and South Korea is because of IQ differences and it would be impossible to find a more 'hive' like nation than North Korea. Same situation existed and still exists between East and West Germany. Obviously things like political systems and economic policies have far more impact than IQ. China did not have a Great Leap Forward in national IQ in 1979, it discarded Maoist ideology and adopted a more capitalist economic system.

    I doubt that anybody ever said that average IQ is the only factor affecting national wealth. I believe the Qatar has one of the highest ratios of GDP to population in the world although it’s average IQ is fairly low. But it’s no mystery why that is so.

  64. @Dave
    You've got such a glut of Chinese guys with no women. Why don't these guys make babies with African women. It works in two ways. Blasians often times turn out to be quite beautiful, and it raises their national IQ. It's win-win.

    “You’ve got such a glut of Chinese guys with no women. Why don’t these guys make babies with African women. It works in two ways. Blasians often times turn out to be quite beautiful, and it raises their national IQ. It’s win-win.”

    Are Blasians in high demand on the dating market?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Are Blasians in high demand on the dating market?

     

    Just on the Florida golf circuit.
  65. @syonredux

    Jones makes the case that, through better nutrition and schooling, we can raise IQ, thereby fostering higher savings rates, more productive teams, and more effective bureaucracies. After demonstrating how test scores that matter little for individuals can mean a world of difference for nations, the book leaves readers with policy-oriented conclusions and hopeful speculation: Whether we lift up the bottom through changing the nature of work, institutional improvements, or freer immigration, it is possible that this period of massive global inequality will be a short season by the standards of human history if we raise our global IQ.
     
    So, don't worry folks.Those 100 million plus Hispanic Amerinds and Mestizos that will be living in the USA by 2060? Super-Flynn to the rescue! They'll have a mean IQ of 100 by then.Somehow.I mean, it's got to happen? Right? I mean, if it doesn't......My God.....

    “So, don’t worry folks.Those 100 million plus Hispanic Amerinds and Mestizos that will be living in the USA by 2060? Super-Flynn to the rescue! They’ll have a mean IQ of 100 by then.Somehow.I mean, it’s got to happen? Right? I mean, if it doesn’t……My God…..”

    Hispanics are almost 50 percent of the population in Los Angeles, yet they make up only 19 percent of the student body at UCLA.
    https://www.admissions.ucla.edu/campusprofile.htm

    If you eliminate affirmative action, the percentage of Hispanics at UCLA would dip even lower than 19 percent.

  66. I think the key term in all of these discussions is what one means by “significant”. I don’t consider a 5 or 10 point increase in individual IQ that significant.

    The other point is how relevant this is to the United States. I seriously doubt that “malnutrition” as we normally use the word really applies here. The same goes for salt, since almost all salt everyone uses in the US is iodized.

    Lead paint might be an issue, and by all means let’s reduce our exposure, not only in the US but everywhere. But again I think the retardation effect of either non-iodized salt and/or lead exposure in the United States is primarily an excuse, nothing more.

    In other words, we have been trying for over 100 years (the original progressive era) to raise the standards among our population in various ways, including FDA, including prohibition, education, EPA, and so on. This has yielded undeniable improvements for many. And yet many others show very slow improvement. Why is this, even when there has been a meaningful commitment to eradicate possible ideological causes — i.e., racism — for over 50 years now.

    In this context, I think accusations about minor affects like “better nutrition” and “better education”, much less “racism” or “privilege” are becoming figleafs and excuses and have no real purpose except to change the subject and foster resentment.

    I am by no means a genetic determinist, even if I think the main planks of HBD probably have merit. There is no doubt a genetic component, but there is also — also no doubt — an environmental component, which lies on the household in which every single child is raised. That environment will have a much greater impact on the outcome of a child — even if that child, by nature, will only be able to go so far — than any rhetorical arabesques about environmental toxins or residual hatreds.

  67. “Jones makes the case that, through better nutrition and schooling, we can raise IQ.”

    That’s bogus. IQ can’t be increased by schooling. Nutrition is already maxed out in developed countries like the United States.

    I do believe that schools can do a better job of teaching middle-class-values. People, especially children, can be trained to behave better. But no one is trying to do that.

  68. @Steve Sailer
    South Asia could use more iodized salt.

    Mr. Sailer, have you seen this article?

    It’s very straightforward.

    http://www.vice.com/read/we-asked-an-expert-happen-if-eu-opened-borders-to-everyone-584

    I don’t read stuff on vice very often, but they have ok things. Not anymore!

    • Replies: @Lagertha
    Read the Vice piece: the smugness of this "expert" is breathtaking. Very depressing that more and more people like this are popping up like zombies badgering Europeans to accept every migrant.
  69. @Jefferson
    "You’ve got such a glut of Chinese guys with no women. Why don’t these guys make babies with African women. It works in two ways. Blasians often times turn out to be quite beautiful, and it raises their national IQ. It’s win-win."

    Are Blasians in high demand on the dating market?

    Are Blasians in high demand on the dating market?

    Just on the Florida golf circuit.

  70. @Anonymous
    If he didn't add on that last paragraph of hope, would probably ruin his career, and the book probably would have a hard time getting published.

    But if done right, the intelligent should be able to read through the lines, even if they can't openly notice it.

    Normally I would agree with you — that he merely hedges his reputation by adding that statement while allowing those in the know to read between the lines. However in this case immigration is one of his central concerns. Straight from his short bio from his personal website:

    A two standard deviation rise in an individual person’s IQ predicts only about a 30% increase in her wage. But the same rise in a country’s average IQ score predicts a 700% increase in the average wage in that country. I want to understand why IQ appears to have such a large social multiplier.

    An even more important implication of my research is that low-skilled immigrants should be allowed to work in the world’s richest countries: Low-skilled immigrants have little or no net effect on the wages of the citizens of rich countries, but their lives massively improve when they are allowed to work in these countries. I’m currently at work on a book on these themes: The working title is Hive Mind: How your nation’s IQ matters so much more than your own.

    So, a) average national IQ is a massively important predictor of average wage, and seems to have potentiating effects, and b) low-skilled, low-IQ workers have no net effect on average wages. For the life of me I don’t understand how a) and b) can both be true. Anyone care to explain?

    Frankly I’m tired of this deference to economists when in reality the majority simply aren’t wearing any clothes.

  71. @Romanian
    Mr. Sailer, have you seen this article?

    It's very straightforward.

    http://www.vice.com/read/we-asked-an-expert-happen-if-eu-opened-borders-to-everyone-584

    I don't read stuff on vice very often, but they have ok things. Not anymore!

    Read the Vice piece: the smugness of this “expert” is breathtaking. Very depressing that more and more people like this are popping up like zombies badgering Europeans to accept every migrant.

  72. Hispanics are almost 50 percent of the population in Los Angeles, yet they make up only 19 percent of the student body at UCLA.
    https://www.admissions.ucla.edu/campusprofile.htm

    If you eliminate affirmative action, the percentage of Hispanics at UCLA would dip even lower than 19 percent.

    1. California eliminated affirmative action for public university admission in 1996 with Proposition 209.

    2. UCLA is internationally renowned. The school draws applicants from across the nation and the globe.

    3. Less than 60% of the undergraduates admitted to UCLA are from the state of California. Out-of-state undergraduates make up 21% of UCLA. The white students who attend UCLA are primarily wealthy out-of-state students who were willing to pay the increased tuition. In other words white Californians are being squeezed out of UCLA and UC Berkeley due to the high percentage of Hispanics, Asians, and out-state-students at both schools.

    http://www.dailycal.org/2015/03/04/uc-president-janet-napolitano-announces-cap-state-enrollment-ucla-uc-berkeley/ http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/04/us-usa-california-tuition-idUSKBN0M003G20150304

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