Intelligence has been defined in many different ways such as in terms of one's capacity for logic, abstract thought, understanding, self-awareness, communication, learning, emotional knowledge, memory, planning, creativity and problem solving.

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Did the term “meritocracy” originate in a dystopian satire?

When Michael Young, a British sociologist, coined the term meritocracy in 1958, it was in a dystopian satire. (source: "The War on Stupid People"@The Atlantic) The satire mentioned was by Michael ...
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Are vegetarians more intelligent?

In a post titled Why Vegetarians Are More Intelligent than Meat Eaters, evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa claims: Among the British respondents in the National Child Development Study, ...
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Does the gorilla, Koko, have an IQ in the range 70-95?

Koko is a western lowland gorilla kept in San Francisco. There are many claims about her IQ. For example: She was given IQ tests several times when she was younger and scored between 70 and 95, ...
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Did almost half of 1000 adults fail a fifth-grade math test?

On several YouTube videos, one being this one, the descriptions of these videos include something like: Recent studies have shown that almost HALF of over 1000 adults tested were unable to pass a ...
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Does smoking tobacco increase work capacity?

A colleague stated that he heard of studies stating that nicotine is an upper and would increase work effort. A short Google search showed many sources showing many strongly positive effects of ...
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Are people who love inspirational quotes less intelligent?

An article in the Daily Beast claims the following: A new study finds that people who love bullshit inspirational quotes have lower intelligence and more "conspiratorial ideations". Life ...
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Are men naturally inclined to be better at STEM subjects than women? [closed]

It's commonly believed that men are better at STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) than women. I've heard before that men are naturally better at more logical thinking and problem-...
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Do long-time students at this particular school have an average IQ of 152.6?

This kindergarten guarantees that your child will reach IQ 140: http://toe-academy.jp/ IQ140以上を保証する託児型知能教&...
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Does James Woods have an IQ of 180?

An article claimed that the Actor James Woods has an IQ of 180: Woods aced his SATs, got into MIT (but dropped out to pursue acting) and has a reported IQ of 180. After doing some research, I ...
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Is approximately 80% of a child's intelligence acquired from the mother?

Uberfacts, a Twitter account with 9.43M followers claims that 80% of a child's intelligence is acquired from the mother. How true is this? Gizmodo doesn't do a very good job of debunking this: ...
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Do less-intelligent people vote right-wing because they feel safe?

The always fascinating Daily Mail came out with a rather surprising article where it claims a Canadian experiment, or review, concluded that people with less-than-average childhood intelligence tend ...
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Does IQ testing show that blacks on average score worse than whites?

James Watson Nobel Prize winner for his discovery of the structure of DNA made the following claim in a 2007 Sunday Times interview: "[I am] inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because ...
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Does extremely high intelligence correlate with poorer social skills?

The Psychology.Wikia page Correlation between intelligence and social deficiency states: Abnormally high intelligence, 3 or more standard deviations above the mean, tends to correlate strongly ...
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Does Lego increase a child's IQ?

The Sun reports: PLAYING with Lego can make people BRAINIER, bosses claimed yesterday. A study found that those who are experts with the toy building bricks are more agile with their hands and ...
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Do the mother's genes almost exclusively determine the sons' intelligence? [closed]

According to this paper: Intelligence and the X chromosome[1] by Gillian Turner, published by The Lancet (a highly regarded medical journal) in 1996, the X chromosome is dominantly responsible for ...
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Did US intelligence community ever claim that Iraq had WMDs prior to 2003 inavsion?

The "common knowledge" is that US went to war with Iraq in 2003 based on "intelligence reports" claiming that Iraq had active Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) programs. On the other hand, some ...
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Have Bobby Fischer, Einstein, Hawking and Kasparov all had their IQs tested?

I commonly find on the internet claims that these men had/have the following IQs: Bobby Fischer: 180–190 Einstein: 160 Hawking: 160 Garry Kasparov: 190 I'm sure most have heard somewhere that ...
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Do firstborns have a higher IQ?

I've seen number of articles telling about the fact that firstborns are more likely to have higher IQ than their sibilings. Sources: Research Finds Firstborns Gain the Higher I.Q., Study: Older ...
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Do people's IQs change?

In a 1968 study of the Pygmalion Effect: Rosenthal and Jacobson gave an intelligence test to all of the students at an elementary school at the beginning of the school year. Then, they randomly ...
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Do intelligent people tend to stay up later? [duplicate]

I heard that people with high IQs stay up late. I found this article which in turn refers to this study: S. Kanazawa, K. Perina, Why night owls are more intelligent, Personality and Individual ...
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Was it illegal to discriminate on the basis of intelligence in the United States?

Paul Graham wrote the following in March 2005: One advantage startups have over established companies is that there are no discrimination laws about starting businesses. For example, I would ...
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Is there a negative correlation between intelligence and being religious? [duplicate]

A study The relation between intelligence and religiosity: a meta-analysis and some proposed explanations indicates that there is a relationship, with an abstract: A meta-analysis of 63 studies ...
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Is 80% of childs intelligence acquired from mother?

Several articles on internet claim that 80% of child's intelligence is acquired from mother. however not providing any scientific publications. Is it really true? source: http://brooklynmutt.com/post/...
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Is reaction time correlated with intelligence?

The article People Getting Dumber? Human Intelligence Has Declined Since Victorian Era, Research Suggests says, As for Dr. te Nijenhuis and colleagues, they analyzed the results of 14 intelligence ...
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Are we getting smarter? [closed]

I've asked a similar question some time ago and people mentioned the "Flynn effect". But after watching this video from James Flynn I'm having doubts about the relevance of IQ tests. In short, that ...
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Did this study on British pupil intelligence include all ethnic groups?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Chinese#Education The proportion of British Chinese achieving 5 or more good GCSEs stood at 70%, where it remained the highest out of all ethnic groups in the ...
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Do Ashkenazi Jews have the highest IQ in the world? [duplicate]

It is often claimed that Ashkenazi Jews in the U.S. and the UK are the smartest ethnic group in the world: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016028960600033X http://www.sciencedirect....
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How much traces lasting a million years would human civilization leave after perishing?

While there is a nice webcomic with a similar theme, I'm talking about a hopefully more reliable claim: The Science of Discworld alternates between chapters written by fantasy author Terry Pratchett ...
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Is spelling (orthography) correlated with adult intelligence?

I been told that spelling ability (good orthography) is correlated with intelligence (which is a nice way to say: if you are bad with orthography, you are stupid). So far I have been unable to find a ...
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Is the intelligence of people going down? [duplicate]

Somewhat popular idea in media (say movie "Idiocracy") and general perception of older generation is that people and society are getting dumber. It seems that even real studies show that "stupid" ...
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Does North Korea have the third highest IQ?

In the book IQ and the wealth of nations, the authors Lynn & Vanhanen published a list of measured average IQs for 81 countries (Table 6.1, base-lined on the UK), and another longer list (Table 6....
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Can CT scans performed on a child's head lower his or her intelligence?

The Daily Mail reports that X-rays and CT scans performed on a child's head could lower their IQ: The study is the first to suggest that medical X-rays to the head could harm the development of ...
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Does Lumosity increase your intelligence?

Lumosity is a popular website that claims to help you become a more intellectually capable individual. Harness your brain's neuroplasticity and train your way to a brighter life" Is it truly ...
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Does juggling increase gray matter/size of the occipito-temporal cortex?

I have been led to believe by expert testimonies that juggling may lead to an increase in brain depth and size. At the moment I am not able to draw on much evidence. If this is a myth, I would ...
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Does the “Flynn Effect” in a way discredit the notion of IQ tests? [closed]

You probably heard before of the "Flynn Effect", the phenomenon first described by James Flynn which states that every new generation has an average IQ higher than the one before and as a consequence, ...
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Are mixed-blood children smarter than their non mixed-blood parents?

I have heard and read on the Internet the disputed claim that mixed blood* children are smarter than their (non-mixed blood) parents. The general idea of "hybrid vigour" is known as heterosis and ...
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Are intelligent people more nocturnal than people not considered intelligent?

Some sites claim that people with higher intelligence tend to go to bed later. For example: People with higher IQs are more apt to be nocturnal night-owls. Those with lower IQs tend to restrict ...
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Do non-educated people tend more to the right/conservative political wing?

This is a common prejudice in my social environment, but is it true? Are educated people more likely to vote for a social/left wing party? Examples: [1]; [2].
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Are women weak in religion and reasoning as compared to men? [duplicate]

When Prophet Muhammad compared men and women as follows in one of the hadith, which says women are weaker in reason and religious. While it is difficult to understand deficiency in religion I would ...
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Does Chess ELO correlate with IQ

Does chess ELO rating of players (who have trained/played approximately the same amount of time) correlate with IQ? The claim is 'IQ and chess ELO ratings don't correlate', a view widespread in chess-...
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Are men smarter than women?

I recently stumbled across the following article: Sorry, men ARE more brainy than women (and more stupid too!) It's a simple scientific fact, says one of Britain's top dons, in which the author claims:...
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Is sense of humor somehow related to intelligence?

I've seen a couple of documentaries where they insinuate that sense of humor and intelligence could be related. I couldn't find the documentaries on the web, but the following are some studies ...
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Is intelligence declining due to the lack of selection pressure?

I have read lately that human intelligence has already peaked and that it will slowly decline over time because humans are no longer naturally selected for intelligence (Darwin award winners aside). ...
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Does Modafinil make you smarter?

Modafinil (Wikipedia link) is a drug approved in many countries for specific medical conditions such as narcolepsy. We don't, however, have a good idea how it works. But is is one of several drugs (...
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Are Ashkenazi Jews smarter?

I just received an email entitled "Why are Jews So Smart". You can read an article here. I also found a similar article in New York Magazine. Did Jewish intelligence evolve in tandem with Jewish ...
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Are there more people with genius IQs living in China than there are people total in the U.S.?

This claim was made popular by being said in the movie The Social Network. It exactly says: Did you know there are more people with genius IQs living in China than there are people of any kind ...
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Is there a correlation between intelligence and wearing spectacles?

Many people I know consider bespectacled individuals to be smarter than the average normal sighted person. Is there any scientific basis to this belief?
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Is hair colour correlated with intelligence?

..for some commonly agreed-upon, objective, quantitative, non-discriminatory intelligence criterion. Before you rush to close this as a duplicate, yes, I am aware of this other question that treats ...
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Is global IQ dropping over time?

Global IQ: 1950–2050 Essentially the idea is that while smart people are getting wealthier, their birth-rate tends to drop. On the other hand poor countries, which are generally populated by less ...
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Does playing popular video games improve a child's IQ?

This article claims a study shows that the cognitive abilities of 60-77 year olds can be helped by playing two weeks of World of Warcraft. This article quotes a navy researcher as saying adults ...