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  • BRUSSELS, May 23 (UPI) -- Since 1889 to 2004, IQ declined 14.1 points among those from Western nations, researchers in Europe say.

    Michael A. Woodleya of Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, Jan te Nijenhuisc of the University of Amsterdam and Raegan Murphy of the University College Cork in Ireland conducted a meta-analysis of the slowing of simple reaction time -- in indication of general intelligence.

    "We tested the hypothesis that the Victorians were cleverer than modern populations, using high-quality instruments, namely measures of simple visual reaction time in a meta-analytic study," the researchers wrote in the study. "Simple reaction time measures correlate substantially with measures of general intelligence and are considered elementary measures of cognition."

    The researchers used data of simple reaction time described in a meta-analysis of 14 age-matched studies from Western countries conducted from 1889 to 2004.

    The study, published in the journal Intelligence, found a decline in general intelligence of 1.23 points per decade.

    "These findings strongly indicate that with respect to general intelligence the Victorians were substantially cleverer than modern Western populations," the study authors said.

    Previous research found in many Western countries women of higher intelligence had fewer children than women with lower intelligence.



    Read more: http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2013/05/23/Last-century-Western-nations-lost-an-average-14-IQ-points/UPI-77081369362633/#ixzz2UFF66QXZ

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  • Is it a sign of higher intelligence to let yourself and your progeny to become extinct or to become a small minority in a coarse, nasty, low IQ world?


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    Is it a sign of higher intelligence to let yourself and your progeny to become extinct or to become a small minority in a coarse, nasty, low IQ world?


    To be or not to be?

    Seems like believing Catholics have a straightforward answer to that.

    Unfortunately,

    And the lord commended the unjust steward, forasmuch as he had done wisely: for the children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light.


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    Analysis claims IQ has fallen in Western Europe
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  • Psshhh. So the dumb women are the ones who want/have lots of kids? I resent that. A mere assertion as far as I'm concerned.
    Religion clean and undefiled before God and the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation: and to keep one's self unspotted from this world.
    ~James 1:27

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    Psshhh. So the dumb women are the ones who want/have lots of kids? I resent that. A mere assertion as far as I'm concerned.


    It's not so much a matter of "dumb women" wanting to have more children.

    They often don't put a lot of thought into it.

    It's more a matter of upper middle class and highly educated women having far fewer than they did once did.

    See the book feminism its fallacies and follies and the thread "women in orchestras"


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    « Reply #5 on: May 24, 2013, 04:19:05 PM »
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  • Remember we're talking about averages.  We're not denying that there are exceptions.

    What would most intelligent "trad" parents prefer?

    A daughter with 10 children or 10 years of higher education?

    Seriously.  What would they really be expected to prefer, generally speaking?

    When we consider that many of the most socially conservative people are afraid of being stigmatized for having daughters marry early and having many babies, then the results for society as a whole should not surprise us.

     

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