Re: IQ AND RACE. The taboo subject.

Stephen Lajoie (
Fri, 24 Feb 1995 03:32:21 GMT

In article <3if5ea$>,
Jan-Peter de Ruiter <> wrote:
>Stephen Lajoie ( wrote:
>: See page 134 of _The Bell Curve_. At 2 Standard Deviations below average,
>: there is a 26% probability of being in poverty. At 2 Standard Deviations
>: above average, there is only a 2% probability of being in poverty.
>: Accept the obvious. Less intelligent people make less money than smart
>: people.
>Obvious? I think it is dead obvious that poor people score lower on
>IQ tests than rich people. You need big money to go to school and
>learn to score high on IQ tests!
>(Ever thought longer than 2 seconds about the difference between causality
>and correlation?)

People with no education at all have been known to score quite high on IQ
tests. And the test are designed to not test what you know, but how fast
you think.

It is obvious that you have cause and effect mixed up in this instance.
You are assuming that high IQ scores can be attributed to only learning
how to take the test.

While on some standardized test this can be true (I took one test every
year, and had memorized the answers...) well written test and good test
practices would minimize this effect.

Steve La Joie