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05 June 2005

Is There Any Good Evidence that Jews Are Smart?

The real-world evidence that Jews tend to be smarter than average is everywhere around us(Steve Sailer does a good job summing this up). But I found the argument by La Griffe Du Lion to be the most compelling. He uses as his study subjects Grand Master chess players in the old Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was not a place where Jews were favored, but chess was life and death in Russia and the regime wanted to make certain the best talent was steered into the game, Jewish or not. He looks at the Grand Masters over the years and finds preposterously high numbers of Jews in their ranks. He is able to extrapolate from this an average IQ of 118.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Harlem said...

Anecdotal evidence certainly supports the theory. If I'm correct in my recollection, Jews make up less than 10% of the American population yet certainly hold a disproportionate number of influential positions in business. This would suggest at least a highly developed business acumen, which one can reasonably extrapolate to suggest superior intelligence.
The real evidence, of course, comes from Isreal where these intelligent folks have coopted the mighty US into supporting (financially & militarily) a quasi democracy that is an oppressor of much of its legal citizenry even though they have little that is actaully in America's national interest. Are they smart or are we stupid?
There are always exceptions. I doubt Gary Fingerman is reading this, or any blog (or a newspaper for that matter).

June 10, 2005 8:14 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Only 3% of the population is Jewish - that you even considered the possibility that the proportion could be as high as 9.99% is very telling. Remember, also, if the average IQ is 115, then that means that about 15% of that population will have an IQ below 100.

June 12, 2005 9:21 PM  
Anonymous Harlem said...

Apparently I'm not Jewish (smart).

June 13, 2005 11:36 PM  
Anonymous Harlem said...

I was correct that it is under 10%. Any credit for that? Remember, I grew up in New Jersey.

June 13, 2005 11:37 PM  

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