Saturday, July 21, 2012

Based on IQ tests, women are now officially smarter than men

It’s official. Women are smarter than men.
For the first time in history, western women are scoring higher than men on IQ tests, according to Professor James Flynn, a widely recognized authority on intelligence quotient testing.
Both genders’ IQ scores have improved over the past century, yet women’s scores typically lagged four or five points behind, Flynn told the Star.
But in the last few years, women’s scores have risen faster and surpassed the men’s results by about one point, according to data Flynn compiled from testing agencies and academics in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Estonia, Argentina and Israel.
“Where women had a full opportunity to embrace modernity, women now either equal or slightly surpass men,” said Flynn, emeritus professor of psychology and philosophy at New Zealand’s University of Otago. He spoke to the Star by phone from Oxford, England.


I wouldn't get too excited just yet. The author of the study says that women's average IQ is one point higher than the men's average. One point really doesn't make any difference at all. If the study claimed that women's average IQ was 10+ points higher, then that would be something. Maybe if they revisit this subject in 10 - 15 years, that will be the case.

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