Based on 550,492 individuals in 123 countries.
The Working Data. (Click “National”).
A few national examples (rounded):
Brazil = 85
Canada = 100
China = 106
Germany = 100
Kenya = 72
Mexico = 88
UK = 99
US = 98.
I’m a little surprised the USA came in as high as it did. I would not be surprised if that number (and the global average) slips a little with each coming decade and/or generation. Are these scores, like age, just numbers?
A few thoughts:
- This may explain the popularity of television.
- 98 will have trouble returning to the moon. 86 will not go the first time. 72 might have trouble finding the thing with a telescope.
- Last week, in my rant against robots, I, with qualification, accepted CNBC’s average “normal” score of 100. That was just wrong; 100 was the normed average from about a century ago for white Northern European populations. Those populations seem to be holding the average but the world at large is almost a whole standard deviation off (under).
- To those who cry “racist,” “white privilege,” “Eurocentric,” “cultural insensitivity,” or such rubbish, just reply: “China.”
- The study author(s) should probably forget even trying to discuss any of this at an American university.
- If US trends continue, we might want to forget the idea of the American university.
Was Idiocracy really just a comedy or could it have been a documentary?