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This is really creepy

This is a chart of "average IQ by state" and whether the state supported Bush or Gore. I'm not sure which is more creepy, that there is an "average IQ by state" measure at all, or that it correlates so closely with election returns.

http://americanassembler.com/features/iq_state_averages.htm

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geekchick
May. 5th, 2004 11:32 am (UTC)
I'm not sure which is more creepy

I vote C.) All of the above. Eep.
cjsmith
May. 5th, 2004 11:35 am (UTC)
I love partisan reporting, especially when it's so blatantly unashamed.
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wordweaverlynn
May. 5th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC)
i seem to be reduced to waving my arms and chirping.

I would pay to see that in person.
wild_irises
May. 5th, 2004 03:03 pm (UTC)
Just come to WisCon. I can pretty much guarantee it will happen there.
xiphias
May. 5th, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)
The "intelligence ranking by state" comes from a book which claims that poor countries are poor because the average IQ in that country is lower than in rich countries.

I've not read the book, but I can see a number of ways in which that may be falacious. . .
hobbitbabe
May. 5th, 2004 01:03 pm (UTC)
I agree with kalmn that the statistics make me want to chirp.

I wonder how they counted and who they counted. Grad students and young professionals, for example, are a fairly transient population, so they might not get counted. On the other hand, they might not register to vote, or might not be eligible to vote because they aren't US citizens.

I think it's weird that the right-wing party is red and the centre one is blue, because in Canada it's the other way around (with the left-of-centre NDP being orange, of course.)

To the extent that IQ measurement instruments are culturally biased, I wonder if a case could be made that they are biased against Republicans?
wild_irises
May. 5th, 2004 03:04 pm (UTC)
I categorically don't believe these measurements, and appreciate the people who have statistical backing for my belief. IQ is such a tainted measurement in the first place ...

I hate it when "my side" are the jerks.
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