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Dear FarwaAyaz,

Not quite certain what your question asks, here...the average IQ of humankind is, by definition, 100; with some variation as described in this paragraph from

"On the majority of modern IQ tests, the average (or mean) score is set at 100 with a standard deviation of 15 so that scores conform to a normal distribution curve. This means that 68 percent of scores fall within one standard deviation of the mean (that is, between 85 and 115), and 95 percent of scores fall within two standard deviations (between 70 and 130)."

However, as to the gender gap, over the last 100 years men have consistently tested higher than women by as much as 5 points! That is, until recently when women have not only closed the gap but surpassed men by a point or two.

One theory (which I love but believe to be incorrect), is that women have always been inherently brighter, scoring lower only through oppression and disadvantage. So their improved scores correlate with women's lib... have always realized secretly that WE are the brighter sex...

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Love it. And so true:) lol
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thats really helpful thanks
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I had this conversation with a female Ph.D I met on the train more than 40 years ago and she said that women had not achieved as highly as men, simply because women, as a group, had become used to perceiving themselves as being something less than men.

That's no longer the case and, when the top matriculation scores are published at the end of each school year, the majority of the top achievers have been women. That's been so for some time now.

In one area where I have reasonable knowledge, there has been a transformation among the top female chess players. As late as 1970 there had really only been two women who could challenge the top grandmasters: Englishwoman Vera Menchik and Georgian Nona Gaprindiashvili.

Then the Polgar sisters stormed onto the scene and showed women that they could indeed compete with the best and now the chess world abounds with brilliant female grandmasters. But that's another story.
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BTW Virginia, I left a comment for you on that "Asking God for Forgiveness" question.
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David what an interesting chess story...I tend to shy away from the gender, racial and other group comparisons because society needs to develop its ability to nurture the potential of each person as an individual, not lumped as part of a group.

But still love to read about women like the Polgar sisters...
And I will be certain to check out the Forgiveness thread!
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I once played against Susan Polgar, who now lives in the US. She played 12 of us at the same time. It was like playing chess with a boa constrictor. She just wrapped her pawns around my position and SQUOZE. I couldn't point to any classic error I made to allow her to do that, but she exerted so much pressure that I couldn't move.

In 2004 I told a friend that I'd lost a tournament game to a 12 year old girl and my friend said, "That must have been embarrassing." I explained that it wasn't embarrassing to lose to this girl.

Two years later she become the only female and the youngest ever winner of the Australian Junior Championship (18 and under) and qualified as a Womens International Master. She was very gifted.
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I had no idea she was twelve years old and able to do all that!

What an experience, to be one of twelve who played her at once...
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Susan (Zsuzsa) was about 16 when I played her. The 12 year-old was somebody I met in a tournament -- but an extraordinary girl. The odd thing about her is that she didn't particularly enjoy chess but played because her brother was so keen. He was better than she. They've since returned to China and I lost track of them, but he'd be well on the way to being a Grandmaster now.
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I saw that Susan was born in 1969, so I was doing math as to when you would have played that game. She was the oldest of the three sisters; I liked their names, Sophia and Judit.
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A man?

So sexist, bro! I mean come on, its not like they're smarter than us.

What am i even saying?

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I'm not going to try to put a number to it, but I think we see a lot of users clustered a little above average. Most people here are reasonably educated, and certainly not stupid, yet I don't see the degree of intellectual conversation here I see elsewhere.

This may or may not related to IQ, but overall it's those who tend to criticize feminism, usually male who tend to have a deeper understanding of the issues, which is typically why they are critical. Feminist support (usually female) for feminist policy is often based on a very over simplified misunderstanding of the issues.


Wage gap - Who is constantly pointing out what is actually is and how it's actually measured?

Education - Who is constantly pointing out the history of education reforms, as well as the changes colleges have recently made? It's not female feminists - they go to extremes to stay ignorant of such things.

VAWA - Who supports it simply by stating violence is bad and who actually gets into the details of VAWA policies?

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