Don’t call me stupid

world iq

It is the second time in two days that I have come across an article that deals with IQ, the third rail of public commentary up until now. Here is today’s: Are we becoming more STUPID? IQ scores are decreasing – and some experts argue it’s because humans have reached their intellectual peak

IQ test results suggest people [living] in the UK, Denmark and Australia have become less intelligent in the past decade. . . .

Some studies have shown the average IQ of Westerners has plunged 10 points or more since Victorian times and others claim it will keep decreasing.

Yesterday it was an article on IQ versus poverty which discussed “a longer running controversy is the persistent gap in literacy and numeracy associated with socioeconomic status.” This is moving into even more dangerous territory since it is grouping IQs by categories of some kind.

It must be the weather.