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Are Two-Thirds of Us Really “Smarter than Average”?

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Two Pennsylvania psychologists conducted a ground-breaking survey that asked 3,000 respondents to agree or disagree with a simple statement: “I am more intelligent that the average person.”

Amazingly, 65 percent agreed, and only 23 percent disagreed—a statistical impossibility, since just as many people must count as below average as above average. Not surprisingly, 71 percent of college grads considered themselves smarter than average, but so did a solid majority of those who never spent a day at college. So many Americans hold inflated ideas of their own relative smarts that many folks inevitably feel like they’ve somehow gotten the raw end of the deal—asking themselves, “If I’m so smart, how come I’m not rich?” The survey also points to the downside of over confidence: “unjustified risk-taking and bad investing decisions, and while arrogance may impress at first, it gets old quickly.”

An exaggerated sense of our own abilities can only foster exaggerated resentment and disappointment.

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  1. Rizzo  •  Jul 24, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    It does accurately account for those of us that reject the stupidity of leftists like Ty.
    Oh, and low-IQ Adolf too!

    • Steve  •  Jul 28, 2018 at 6:15 am

      Oh please!

  2. Armand  •  Jul 24, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    You’re the one thancant read OECD-PISA data and your own citations from secondary sources like THE ECONOMIST article you couldn’t read. Plus like most religious people you’re a liar who bares false witness with libel and slander. You’re low IQ

    • Rizzo  •  Jul 24, 2018 at 5:39 pm

      Ok Goebells…. keep repeating your lies, like RainMan, maybe a 1000 times or so, and then maybe it will become truth.

  3. Jesse Blankenship  •  Jul 24, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Speaking from the perspective of a public school teacher, I can say these findings are predictable. The whole system is geared toward the notion of equality of outcome regardless of ability. " Every child can learn" is simply eduspeak for engineering differences between students into a sanitary sameness that guarantees mass mediocrity. Of course students pick up the "vibe". Kinda makes one feel all warm and fuzzy doesn't it?

  4. Ty  •  Jul 24, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    “unjustified risk-taking and bad investing decisions, and while arrogance may impress at first, it gets old quickly.”

    Worked for Trump, he lied and cheated and conned his way to the top.

    "An exaggerated sense of our own abilities can only foster exaggerated resentment and disappointment."

    True, but by the time the resentment sets in He's already be out the door collecting his winning he got from grifting off the nation. And in fairness, it's not hard to bypass resentment among conservatives, when their standards are that low it's easier to pass the bar.

    Trump: SEE! I PICK from list you gave me to pick from, and I pointed like a good boy, and only from list! SEE, I point to list! I good president right?

    Evangelical Conservatives : Oh yes Mr President, you did so well vetting all those justices, by not paying attention and picking from a preset list we have you, you were being your own man and being guided by your own talents and wisdom!

    What would we do without Trump, if Cruz or Romney were in instead, could we be sure they would point to list too? IT's so hard to point at a list as president and say, ME PREZIDENT, ME DECIDE from list of names gathered for me, I POINT, I CHOOSE, I IMPORTANT AND INDEFENSIBLE !!!!!

    If only liberals and people on the left could cross bars of capability that low.

    • Nani Tavares  •  Jul 25, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      Ty, how strange that the party that made all kinds of excuses for Clinton (s) now care about lying, cheating, conning. But "Double Standard" is thy middle name.

      • Ty  •  Jul 26, 2018 at 7:39 pm

        Compared to Trump, Both Clintons look like Jesus in the lies they tell.

        It's like comparing some finite number to some number approaching infinity for Trump. And I find it so perfect and fitting that the biggest voting block for the right, conservative socially conservative evangelical christians are the most visceral supporter for the literal father of lies. Nothing I could ever do or say more fully discredits the group in the eyes of everyone who watches them than their own behavior. Even Blind men can see they are full of it.

      • Rizzo  •  Jul 26, 2018 at 8:39 pm

        Did Trump say, “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”?
        Did Trump day, “the average family will save an average of $2500”?
        So, what exactly did Trump lie about?

      • Rizzo  •  Jul 26, 2018 at 8:58 pm

        You know what Trump didn’t lie about, Ty?
        MAGA BABY!
        Turns out, real Americans like when America is GREAT! The prosperity is undeniable!

        MAGA BABY!

      • Ty  •  Jul 28, 2018 at 10:50 pm

        The MAGA guys are my favorite. Not because I like them, because no matter awful things are, no matter how screwed up a project may become, no matter how well or poorly one does in life, you can always point to the MAGA guys being a beacon of something much worse. The single dumbest group of people in all of the god I don't believe ins creation.

        Conservative farmers lose money due to Trump raising tariffs and inviting retaliation.

        MAGA guys = MAGA !!!!!!!!!! MAGA !!!!!!!! MAGA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Trump but back slap these people, and their wives, and they would say nothing but MAGA !!!!!!!!!!!!!

        They truly are the court jesters of the liberal world.

      • Nani Tavares  •  Jul 31, 2018 at 5:05 pm

        Ty, this "lying" fixation that the Left has always amuses me. Have you (and the Left) truly gone thru life believing that there are some people that don't lie? Even the most innocent lies (children). What one eventually learns is there are people you can trust and those you can't. You obviously trust the Clintons and we trust Trump. Of course, our trust is based on the fact that Trump didn't seem to get the memo that one doesn't really keep campaign promises. The Clintons and Obamas on the other hand, WROTE the memo.

      • Ty  •  Jul 31, 2018 at 10:38 pm

        Trump kept the most promises to the evangelical community, mainly with judges, something any republican president would have done. This does not mean he does not lie about a thousand other things, I am sure you know he does, but since those lies are not against things you care about, you don't care that he is a deceiver to most people on so many other issues.

        That shining exemplar of a conservative attitude is maintained. YOU got what YOU wanted, you got yours, so what's it to you if his other promises to the non evangelicals and the truth to the larger public is nothing but fluff and air?

      • Nani Tavares  •  Jul 31, 2018 at 11:00 pm

        So now we're playing word semantics. You realize how childish it is to expect no one to LIE to you, so now it's become DECEIVE. Ty, Trump is trying to keep his campaign promises; the Clintons and Obamas never even thought the voter was worth the effort.

      • Rizzo  •  Aug 1, 2018 at 8:41 am

        "no matter awful things are, no matter how screwed up a project may become, no matter how well or poorly one does in life"
        You just described the Obama years.
        Obama's economy sucked! And you still supported him.
        Obama's foreign policy was awful. And you still loved him.
        Obama lied about Healthcare, among other things. And you worshipped him.

        Trump has done EXACTLY the opposite. America is much improved. Black, brown, white, green, purple, etc. American citizens are doing better in a prosperous America.

        That is MAGA!

  5. Armand  •  Jul 24, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    What lies? Name one

  6. Rizzo  •  Jul 24, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    You lie about Jews, Israel, and religion.
    You lie about your low-IQ.
    You lie about your blind hatred.

    Need more?

  7. Armand  •  Jul 24, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    I never lied about Israel’s Jews having low IQ they do
    keep repeating your lies
    Blind hatred I gave reasons for not liking Jews

    • Rizzo  •  Jul 24, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      No, you lied again.
      Israel is among the MOST educated countries in the world, and there is ZERO evidence they are low-IQ.
      Your ridiculous statements only serve to demonstrate your own low-IQ.

  8. Armand  •  Jul 24, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    In every psychometric test Israeli head score a full standard deviation below normal for the human average
    The evidence is real and tested

    • Rizzo  •  Jul 24, 2018 at 10:58 pm

      Evidence and citations?

  9. Rizzo  •  Jul 24, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    The 10 most educated countries in the world.
    You are just FLAT-OUT WRONG AGAIN.

    • Nani Tavares  •  Jul 25, 2018 at 8:10 pm

      Rizzo, imagine if Armand posted that Africa and Blacks had lower IQs than everyone else.

      Ever notice that the Left goes after Christians instead of Muslims and Jews instead of Blacks and Americans are to blame for all the sins of mankind?

      Could it be, is it possible, it is because Muslims will cut their heads off, Blacks will riot, and Americans try to be nice? Yes, I'm going to say it…could there be a streak of cowardice in their picking these targets?

      • Rizzo  •  Jul 25, 2018 at 11:36 pm


        Of that, there can be no doubt.

  10. jake  •  Jul 25, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    people who can fill out surveys probably enjoy reading… maybe they arent reprentative of the world pop. as a whole

  11. Armand  •  Jul 27, 2018 at 12:55 am

    “Armand posted that Africa and Blacks had lower IQs than everyone else.“
    I do it all the time; it’s common knowledge in rich counties like Switzerland and Singapore

    • Rizzo  •  Jul 27, 2018 at 8:17 am

      All the time? Do it publicly… not as an anonymous coward.
      Do it in Detroit, not white-bread Switzerland.

  12. Steve  •  Jul 28, 2018 at 6:20 am

    "Those of you who think you know it all, really piss-off those of us that do"! Have any of these yo-yo's ever taken an I.Q. test and been shown the truth?

    • Rizzo  •  Jul 28, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      I don't know… but Adolf scored a perfect on the Wonderlic.
      He's a genius. Do you know how I know?
      He told me, on the Internet!

  13. Armand  •  Jul 29, 2018 at 3:19 am

    Most people in Detroit wouldn’t bat an eye if you told them they’re dumber then the chemists and bankers in Basel
    Rizzo the psycho likes QE, bank bailouts, israel, collective bargaining police and firemen. He’s against a flat tax, open market for healthcare

  14. Rizzo  •  Jul 29, 2018 at 9:25 am

    "Rizzo the psycho likes QE, bank bailouts, israel, collective bargaining police and firemen. He’s against a flat tax, open market for healthcare"

    Other than my support for Israel, copy and past ONE statement that I have made, which demonstrates your statement as TRUE or INNACURATE.

    I'll save you some time, Low IQ Adolf…. You will NEVER find it. I've NEVER stated anything that would even suggest my support of those things, Moron.

  15. Rizzo  •  Jul 30, 2018 at 10:41 am

    demonstrates your statement as TRUE or ACCURATE (not inaccurate).

    Most, if not all of your statements, are INACCURATE.

  16. Armand  •  Jul 31, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I’ve never made an. Inaccurate statement you have
    “African states don’t take the test they’re not even OECD counties moron”
    “Switzerland ranks above Israel, idiot(the economist rankings of blasphemy laws)”
    I could continue but you’re and egomaniacal liar

  17. Armand  •  Jul 31, 2018 at 11:31 am

    “Most, if not all of your statements, are INACCURATE.“
    That applies to the guy who stated that African states don’t take the oecd-Pisa test and stated that Israelis weren’t low IQ, and that Switzerland ranked higher on the economists ranking of blasphemy legislation.
    Liars always say someone else is lying. You’re inaccurate, not me. No correction

  18. Rizzo  •  Aug 2, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    "Most people in Detroit wouldn’t bat an eye if you told them they’re dumber THEN"
    The word is THAN, genius…. Dumber THAN.
    NOW, for your theory… PLEASE go field-test that theory, and make sure to video it.
    Then report back. I would LOVE to see the results!

  19. Ted  •  Aug 3, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    This writer should have taken at least one course in statistics because he's confusing an average with the median. Nevertheless, the conclusion is essentially correct because intelligence scores are basically symmetrical (you know, the Bell Curve); therefore, the average intelligence of the population is almost equivalent to the median and therefore we may reasonably conclude that approximately one-half of people have lower than average intelligence and the other half higher.

    • Pat  •  Aug 5, 2018 at 9:59 am

      You are correct. The median is that point at which half of the population is above and half is below. For IQ scores, which have an inherent normal distribution, the mean and median are in the same location. How well IQ measures intelligence is a debatable point.

  20. Armand  •  Aug 7, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    “How well IQ measures intelligence is a debatable point.”
    IQ does correlate with brain mass, brain volume and dendritic density

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