Human Smarts Vary by Location
A countries national IQ correlates with gross domestic product per capita at 0.82.
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As Robots take over, the importance of the humans being smart is lessened and the
importance of them accepting the robots increases.
Should IQ and the Wealth of Nations be rewritten to look for robot acceptance IQ?
IQ and the Wealth of Nations is a controversial 2002 book by Dr. Richard Lynn, Professor
Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and Dr. Tatu Vanhanen,
Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland. The
book argues that differences in national income (in the form of per capita gross domestic
product) correlate with differences in the average national intelligence quotient (IQ). The
authors further argue that differences in average national IQs is one important factor,
but not the only one, contributing to differences in national wealth and rates of economic
growth. Critical responses have included questioning the methodology and incomplete
data as well as the conclusions. The 2006 book IQ and Global Inequality is a follow-up
to IQ and the Wealth of Nations by the same authors. Several other data sets of
estimated average national cognitive ability exist as explained in nations and intelligence.
The book includes the authors' calculation of average IQ scores for 81 countries, based
on their analysis of published reports. It reports their observation that national IQ correlates
with gross domestic product per capita at 0.82, and with the rate of economic growth from
1950–1990 at 0.64.
The authors believe that average IQ differences between nations are due to both genetic
and environmental factors. They also believe that low GDP can cause low IQ, just as low
IQ can cause low GDP. (See: Positive feedback)
The authors write that it is the ethical responsibility of rich, high-IQ nations to financially
assist poor, low-IQ nations, as it is the responsibility of rich citizens to assist the poor.