Intelligence of Jews and of Jewish Israelis

 

1. Jewish IQ (from http://users.tpg.com.au/jonjayra/geneiq.html)

I have had an interesting correspondence with Richard Lynn about Israeli IQ. He notes that Israelis of European origin (Ashkenazim) have an average IQ of about the European norm (100) whereas Israelis from the Arab lands (Sephardim) have the quite low average IQ of 88.

What does that say about Arab IQ? Seeing that those Jews who are racially mainly Arab ought to be at least no less intelligent than the parent Arab population, it suggests to me that Arabs in general are pretty low on intelligence.

The most interesting question, however, is why the Israeli Ashkenazim are not well ABOVE the European norm. As
Rushton summarizes the recent American data: "The average IQ for African Americans was found to be lower than those for Latino, White, Asian, and Jewish Americans (85, 89, 103, 106, and 115, respectively)". So why do not Israeli Ashkenazis average 115 too? I am afraid that the obvious explanation is that it was mainly the foolish (idealistic?) Jews of European origin who have ended up in Israel. The smart ones are in New York.

Lynn points out, however, that the figure for Jews quoted by Rushton is based on limited sampling. Lynn believes that a figure of 108 is better substantiated. In statistician's terms, however, 108 is still quite a high figure (around half a standard deviation above the mean).

The above was written by J. J. Ray, who describes himself: As psychometrics is my academic specialty, however, I have always taken an interest in studies of IQ and I have even summarized some of the relevant evidence and issues in the academic literature. See: Ray, J.J. (1972) Are all races equally intelligent? Or: When is knowledge knowledge? J. Human Relations 20, 71-75.

 

2. Diversity's Losers - Part II - The Universities (from http://home.ddc.net/ygg/ms/ms-45.htm)

Jews have an average IQ that is .84 standard deviations above that of white gentiles. The average for white gentiles is 100. For Jews it is 112. Based on this higher average, we would expect them to be represented at a rate of 4 to 5 times their share of the population at the IQ range of 140, which populates Harvard. That means 10 to 12% of the seats, not 27%.

TOP 15 NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES

SCHOOL

ENROLLMENT

%WHITE

#WHITE

#JEWS

J-%

#W-GEN

W-GEN%

YALE

10000

67

6700

3000

30

3700

37

PRINCETON

5700

70

3990

800

14

3190

56

HARVARD

16700

45

7515

4500

27

3015

18

DUKE

9500

72

6840

1500

16

5340

56

MIT

9800

48

4704

875

09

3829

39

STANFORD

14000

50

7000

2000

14

5000

36

DARTMOUTH

5270

57

3004

500

09

2504

47

BROWN

7100

67

4757

1600

23

3157

44

CALTECH

2050

56

1148

100

05

1048

51

NORTHWESTERN

10000

68

6800

2000

20

4800

48

COLUMBIA

19000

58

11020

6000

32

5020

26

CHICAGO

8500

60

5100

1350

16

3750

44

PENN

22800

60

13680

7000

31

6680

29

CORNELL

18500

67

12395

3000

16

9395

51

HOPKINS

4400

65

2860

800

18

2060

47

TOTALS

163320

 

97513

35025

21

62488

38

Nationally, blacks constitute 12% of our population, hispanics 9% and asians 3%. Whites are 75% of the population. Jews comprise 2.4% of the population, so non-hispanic white gentiles make up 73% of the total.

 

3. ASSESSING THE ASHKENAZIC IQ (from http://www.lagriffedulion.f2s.com/ashkenaz.htm)

Ashkenazim have earned 27% of the Nobel Prizes awarded to Americans, 25% of ACM Turing Awards, and 26% of the Fields Medals. They account for more than half the world chess champions. Ashkenazic Jews, 2 percent of the US population, make up 30% of elite-college faculty, 30% of Supreme Court law clerks, and 27% of Ivy Leaguers... I have seen assessments of the mean Ashkenazic IQ from 107 to 117..We assess the mean Ashkenazic IQ to be 116. And from the frequency of Ashkenazic Fields medallists, we infer an Ashkenazic "math IQ" of 111.

Another summary of various IQ studies places very high numbers on the intelligence of Ashkenazi Jews, particularly in verbal skills:

Group

Avg. IQ

Spatial

Verbal

Ashkenazi Jews

1101-1181

982-1053

1172-1253;

 

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