Low IQs are Africa's curse, says lecturer

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  1. Low IQs are Africa's curse, says lecturer | UK news | The Observer

    "The London School of Economics is embroiled in a row over academic freedom after one of its lecturers published a paper alleging that African states were poor and suffered chronic ill-health because their populations were less intelligent than people in richer countries.
    Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist, is now accused of reviving the politics of eugenics by publishing the research which concludes that low IQ levels, rather than poverty and disease, are the reason why

    life expectancy is low and infant mortality high. His paper, published in the British Journal of Health Psychology, compares IQ scores with indicators of ill health in 126 countries and claims that nations at the top of the ill health league also have the lowest intelligence ratings.

    Paul Collins, a spokesman for War On Want, the international development charity, said the research 'runs the risk of resurrecting the racist stereotype that Africans are responsible for their own plight, and may reinforce prejudices that Africans are less intelligent'.

    Collins added: 'The notion that people in poor countries have inferior intelligence has been disproved by much research in the past. This is another example, which other academics will shoot down.'

    Philippa Atkinson, who chairs the LSE student union's 85-strong Africa Forum and teaches in the school's Department of Government, said the paper 'reflects the now discredited theories of eugenics, which should have been left behind'.

    'Eugenics was a very influential discourse for centuries,' she said. 'It's the discourse that colonialism and racism in America until the Sixties were based on, and was part of the basis of apartheid too. Nobody could prove that there are racial or national differences in IQ. It's very, very controversial to say

    that national IQ levels are low in Africa, and completely unproven. It's a surprise that the odd person would try to bring it back,' she said.

    However, she said the research contained some interesting ideas and merited serious consideration, and stressed that academics such as Kanazawa should not be deterred from exploring controversial subjects.

    The reaction to Kanazawa's paper will reopen the simmering debate about whether academics are entitled to express opinions that many people may find offensive.

    The Observer revealed last March that Frank Ellis, a lecturer in Russian and Slavonic studies at Leeds University, supported the Bell Curve theory, which holds that black people are less intelligent than whites. He also believed that women did not have the same intellectual capacity as men and backed the 'humane' repatriation of ethnic minorities. Initially, the university backed Ellis, despite protests by students and teaching staff, but he took early retirement in July.

    Kanazawa declined to comment on either War on Want or Atkinson's allegations about reviving eugenics because, he said, other academics had come up with the national IQ scores that underpinned his analysis of 126 countries. In the paper he cites Ethiopia's national IQ of 63, the world's lowest, and the fact that men and women are only expected to live until their mid-40s as an example of his finding that intelligence is the main determinant of someone's health.

    Having examined the effects of economic development and income inequality on health, he was 'surprised' to find that IQ had a much more important impact, he said. 'Poverty, lack of sanitation, clean water, education and healthcare do not increase health and longevity, and nor does economic development.'

    The LSE declined to offer any opinion on Kanazawa's conclusions but defended his right to publish controversial research. A spokeswoman said: 'This is academic research by Dr Kanazawa based on empirical data and published in a peer-reviewed journal. People may agree or disagree with his findings and are at liberty to voice their opinions to him. The school does not take any institutional view on the work of individual academics.'

    Kate Raworth, a senior researcher with Oxfam, said it was 'ridiculous' for Kanazawa to blame ill health on low IQ and 'very irresponsible' to reach such conclusions using questionable and 'fragile' international data on national IQ levels.

    Rumit Shah, chairman of the LSE student union's 52-member Kenyan Society, said lack of education was probably one reason why many Kenyans die young. Aids, tuberculosis and malaria were key factors too.

    Kanazawa's article was a 'misrepresentation' of the true causes of ill health in Kenya, added Shah. 'It portrays a bad picture of Kenya, because not everyone in Kenya has an IQ of 72. If there was more education, Kenyans would be wiser about their health.'"

    It's an old article, but what do you blokes think? Are developing countries such a mess because the people are thick?
  2. "Lynn's meta-analysis lists East Asians (IQ 105), Europeans (100), Inuit (91), South East Asians (87), Native Americans (87), Pacific Islanders (85), South Asians and North Africans (84), Indians (82), non-bushmen Sub-Saharan Africans (67), Australian Aborigines (62), Bushmen and Pygmies (54)."

    This would explain the antics of some of the Darwin locals.
    Race Differences in Intelligence (book) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  3. Isn't this the Environment vs Genetics argument?
  4. Non swimming ability just a liability then?
  5. Doesn't this rather depend on how you measure IQ? How do you devise a test that fairly compares Australian Aboriginals with Europeans?
  6. Africa's curse is actually too much shagging and not enough birth control. Ignorance on this level is endemic and if not improved upon we, the so called First World, will continue to be begged upon. So, as this is the Naafi, cunts.
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  7. I suspect that the age of reason has finished and that we are back in the days of witch burning and the Spanish Inquisition where the power of the church to burn heretics at the stake has been replaced by a set of deluded lunatics who have the power to repress legitimate research in the name of political f*cking correctness.

    If this research is correct, I don't know if it is or it isn't, how much money and how many lives have been wasted in Africa, if the locals don't have the brains to cross the road unaided, which this research implies.

    You would not beleive the money that has been pumped into the Aboriginals here and their social problems just keep getting worst.

    Maybe it's time to dump the political correctness and get back to seeing the world as it is.

    Sorry its the NAAFI, shit, cunt, clunge, tits,beer,SLR and crap hats...............................................
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  8. Not all developing countries are a mess, in the strict sense. Many are highly-organised but saddled with poor levels of per-capita production or industrialisation. Africa just happens to be the epicentre of a perfect storm of problems, not all of which are of their making.

    Another interesting study (and one which might produce more mileage if extended to humans) is one which proves levels of aggression and sexual promiscuity are linked to skin pigmentation.

    I wonder what 5A would have had to say about it. The melanin-wealthy rapist that he is.
  9. Name a country in Africa that isn't a bloody mess.

    The only one I can think of is Botswana and I think that is because the king (aka President) runs the place as an absolute monarch and he's a pretty good bloke (ex RMAS).

    The rest of the joint is a bloody disaster.
  10. Nignogs aren't stupid by nature, they're stupid by design. The world has poured billions into Africa and yet a primary education is unavailable to most children. Until the liberal luvvies stop sending money that destroys the local economy it will remain so.
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  11. I've spent decades filming starving African children who could be saved for 'just £2 a month' and then queuing up behind shrivelled old bags in Sainsburys who want '2 Lotto draws for Wednesday and a Thunderball scratch card and oooh, can you check my numbers from last Saturday?'.

    Buy Africa a huge johnny and tell the chaps to stop littering up wastelands with starving kids. It's a matter of self control. It's not difficult.

    And then double tap the mongoloids who spend all their money in the fag queue on The National Lottery Stupidity Tax.
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  12. Not all developing countries are in Africa. That was my point.
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  14. With the gratest respect mate, experience with the Aborigines indicates that throwing money at the problem doesn't seem to work.

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  15. I have not spent any time in Africa. The observations of those I know who have (whose opinions I trust) is that attitudes there are very much that one should work just enough to sustain a minimum level of subsistence. The European notion of producing more than you need in order to trade the surplus is, I am told, pretty well unknown.

    Africa was a bunch of tribes that Europeans tried (and failed) to fashion into a bunch of Westphalian-style states. Those that happened to be enveloped within these borders, due to tribal sympathies or sheer ignorance, could not submit their allegiance en masse to the European notion of a centrally directed state.

    This is probably why most of the continent is in a near constant state of rebellion. The DRC is just not of this planet.