vharshyde: Americans are idiots. But then, so is the rest of the populace. On average, we barely have the brain cells to scrape together to tie our own shoes, let alone make decisions for ourselves as they affect our freedom and our survival.The whole planet is full of morons. Americans are just louder. As always.Humanity cannot be trusted with its own freedom, it seems./Launching the Helicarriers now...//Zola was right.
Gunther: Blah blah blah, Dunning-Kruger effect, blah blah blah.That and people tend to judge intelligence by measures flattering to themselves. Someone who is good at math will think intelligence can be measured by solving difficult math problems, someone with good interpersonal skills will think the ability to get people to do what they want obviously demonstrates it. I've noticed that I, someone with a head full of trivia, tend to think people are smart when they can keep up their end in a conversation about 1970's British horror movies or the history of domestication in South America or the importance of the Duhem-Quine problem in Bayesian reasoning. But that's not intelligence, that's just having a brain that can't forget useless but interesting information.
dragonchild: Too dumb average to use the Obvious tag, subby? America is one of the worst places in the world for the illusory superiority variant of the Dunning-Kruger effect.
rev. dave: It is true that most Americans are knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers.
Pants full of macaroni!!: rev. dave: It is true that most Americans are knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers.I thought we were calling them knuckle-breathers now.
Pumpernickel bread: Actually, those numbers aren't as far from the truth as I thought it was going to be. 55% said they were smarter than average...not too different from what consider to be "truth". It isn't unreasonable or even wrong for people with IQs slightly below average to classify themselves as "average", leaving only those with IQs significantly lower than average to self-identify as being stupid. Nothing to see here. The second half of her article was just confusing to me. I think she may have been taking a shot at Americans, but I'm not sure.
Private_Citizen: The average is often higher than the median. Therefore, a person of average intelligence could be smarter than most of the people in the country.
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