THREAD: 12 Things Everyone Should Know About IQ

1. IQ is one of the most heritable psychological traits – that is, individual differences in IQ are strongly associated with individual differences in genes (at least in fairly typical modern environments). https://t.co/3XxzW9bxLE

2. The heritability of IQ *increases* from childhood to adulthood. Meanwhile, the effect of the shared environment largely fades away. In other words, when it comes to IQ, nature becomes more important as we get older, nurture less. https://t.co/UqtS1lpw3n
3. IQ scores have been increasing for the last century or so, a phenomenon known as the Flynn effect. https://t.co/sCZvCst3hw (N ≈ 4 million)

(Note that the Flynn effect shows that IQ isn't 100% genetic; it doesn't show that it's 100% environmental.)
4. IQ predicts many important real world outcomes.

For example, though far from perfect, IQ is the single-best predictor of job performance we have – much better than Emotional Intelligence, the Big Five, Grit, etc. https://t.co/rKUgKDAAVx https://t.co/DWbVI8QSU3
5. Higher IQ is associated with a lower risk of death from most causes, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, most forms of cancer, homicide, suicide, and accident. https://t.co/PJjGNyeQRA (N = 728,160)
6. Higher IQ is associated with lower rates of most forms of mental illness. https://t.co/0jX1og7xHV (N = 1,049,663)
7. More generally, IQ tests are among the most reliable, predictive measures in psychology – one of the field's crowning achievements. https://t.co/a9z9GPQYuD

If IQ isn't a valid concept, no concept in psychology is valid.
8. Despite this, many people are allergic to the concept of IQ. Ironically, this includes many intellectuals. https://t.co/ThPkVT8apc
9. Perhaps as a result, there's some evidence that researchers are less likely to publish studies showing a link between IQ and grades – the reverse of the usual publication bias for positive findings. https://t.co/gTiKmmarTB; although see https://t.co/sYEgBnaJkO
10. The antipathy to IQ is unfortunate. IQ predicts all things good. Interventions to boost IQ (such as salt iodization) could greatly enhance human well-being. https://t.co/LHVqClN2kE

Conversely, IQ-denial could cause real harm by stalling the development of such interventions.
11. IQ testing has other potential benefits as well. One of my favourite studies of the last few years found that universal IQ screening boosts the number of poor, female, and minority students in gifted education. https://t.co/5at8wNjKe8

Figure: https://t.co/fogF8GyO8Z
12. Last but not least, here's a list of ten common myths about IQ. https://t.co/DOTDWhMoyS HT @StuartJRitchie

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this was never true and that fact was known and knowable.

let's look.


above is the plot of social restriction and NPI vs total death per million. there is 0 R2. this means that the variables play no role in explaining one another.

we can see this same relationship between NPI and all cause deaths.

this is devastating to the case for NPI.


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this would seem to pose some very serious questions for those claiming that lockdowns work, those basing policy upon them, and those claiming this is the side of science.

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everyone got the same R