Wednesday, February 11, 2009

IQs lower today than in the 1980s

Teenagers in Britain have lower IQ scores than their counterparts did a generation ago, according to a study by a leading expert. Tests carried out in 1980 and again in 2008 show that the IQ score of an average 14-year-old dropped by more than two points over the period. The trend marks an abrupt reversal of the so-called "Flynn effect" which has seen IQ scores rise year on year, among all age groups, in most industrialised countries throughout the past century.

Given our wealth, our vast knowledge and our freedoms, we should be living in a golden age of enhanced intelligence. And whilst there are plenty of trends towards increasingly sophisticated things in our culture (e.g. a lot of video games require complex problem solving, we can gain quicker and broader access to information via the web), these are counter-acted by politically correct teaching and institutions which hide the truth and stiffle the development of logical thinking.

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