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Retraction (of sorts)

Addendum: So, this morning I stated, in my comments on Gerald Allen's bigotry, that Alabama has an average IQ of 90. I drew this information from a diagram that was very widely circulated on the internet and even appeared in The Economist shortly after the election, a diagram which purported to show a correlation between higher IQs and states that went Democrat (and vice verse). I was at once informed by grandmofhelsing that the diagram had been shown to be a hoax, and that The Economist had duly printed a retraction. This is true, and it should be a lesson to me to do more than trust a claim that something is based on data from the "National Centre for Education Statistics" and the "Census Bureau." Discarding the hoaxed data, I can not claim to know the average IQ of Alabama. I do not, however, retract my opinion, based on all the years I've lived in Alabama, that it is an extremely inhospitable and intolerant place. But, then, one could say the same of most of America, so maybe I have no point after all.


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Dec. 3rd, 2004 11:14 pm (UTC)
'I was at once informed by grandmofhelsing that the diagram had been shown to be a hoax'

he lives to inform us at once that things have been shown to be a hoax.
Dec. 4th, 2004 02:01 am (UTC)
If I had a silent partner, we'd be Penn and Teller.
Dec. 3rd, 2004 11:28 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you'll find more data on this topic vindicating or just annoying, but in case it's the former this pdf direct from the census bureau does show that Alabama has the fourth lowest percentage of high school graduates in the country. While the relationship between education and intelligence is no doubt complex, it seems reasonable to assume some sort of correlation. Just as it seems reasonable to assume an inverse correlation between education and bigotry, (although I wasn't able to find any studies to confirm that).
Dec. 26th, 2004 10:54 pm (UTC)
The fellow who got the economist to retract has published a table of state average IQs which puts Alabama's average IQ at 93.

He writes for an paleoconservative website, and I take most of what he writes with a grain of salt, but the table seems to hold up to scrutiny. Some states (and Puerto Rico) score lower on average IQ than Alabama, though I do wonder where Guam, Saipan and Rota, all US territory in the Pacific, would score.

Now I go back to my lurking.
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