Richard Lynn of the University of Ulster has finished conducting I.Q. tests on European countries. The winner? Germany with an average I.Q. of 107. What's the average I.Q. in the United States? Answer: 98. I was shocked! I would have guessed much higher. The low country on Mr. Lynn's list? Serbia, with an average I.Q. of 89.
A new European league of IQ scores has ranked the British in eighth place, well above the French, who were 19th. According to Richard Lynn of the University of Ulster, Britons have an average IQ of 100. The French scored 94. But it is not all good news. Top of the table were the Germans, with an IQ of 107. The British were also beaten by the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.
Professor Lynn, who caused controversy last year by claiming that men were more intelligent than women by about five IQ points on average, said that populations in the colder, more challenging environments of Northern Europe had developed larger brains than those in warmer climates further south. The average brain size in Northern and Central Europe is 1,320cc and in southeast Europe it is 1,312cc. “The early human beings in northerly areas had to survive during cold winters when there were no plant foods and they were forced to hunt big game,” he said. “The main environmental influence on IQ is diet, and people in southeast Europe would have had less of the proteins, minerals and vitamins provided by meat which are essential for brain development.” ...
Professor Lynn ascribes the differences between British and French intelligence levels to the results of military conflict. He described it as “a hitherto unrecognised law of history” that “the side with the higher IQ normally wins, unless they are hugely outnumbered, as Germany was after 1942”.
A “normal” IQ ranges from 85 to 115 but exceptionally gifted people have scores starting at 145. source
The French, weighing in with an average I.Q. of 94, are probably crying in their wine today. ha.