BTW, sort of off the subj (but I mean what difference does it make)....
I have a question.
Something that I don't think has been pointed out about the IQ data in Atrys' link (and let me emphasize, I don't intend this as having much to do with the subject of the thread; I'm not saying this is why those data don't prove anything, although let me say, it doesn't help)....
Those are some weird
I didn't notice this before because I hadn't looked in detail, besides looking just at the line for "Arts Performance" because as soon as I saw that, I realized it wasn't relevant to what we were talking about. I went back now just for fun, to see what they show for my major, and this immediately jumped out at me.Anyone notice those mega-weird SPREADS between Verbal and Math?
Like, here's some of them:
Materials Engineering majors: V 494, M 727
Economics: V 503, M 706
Chem Engineering: V 493, M 714
Mechanical Engineering: V 469, M 724
Physical Sciences: V 486, M 697
Banking & Finance: V 467, M 711
And yeah, these are "cherry-picked"; there are lots of majors where the spread is smaller, but also lots of others where it isn't.
It makes me wonder altogether about the validity of these data. Maybe things have changed in the past 200 years since I took these tests
....or maybe the people I knew were unusually consistent between the verbal and math, but I can tell you that such spreads were very unusual even for any one person
, and would have been unimaginable for any group of people that you might put together, even people in the same major. I had a spread of about 160 points and it was by far the largest of anyone in our crowd.
If such spreads really are unusual, then obviously there's just something wrong altogether with the data, over and above it not being relevant to this thread, which it isn't.
Most of you are closer to how it's been recently that I am. Are such spreads really that common? And in order for such spreads to be accurate as averages
, even larger spreads would have to be pretty common for individuals -- and I wouldn't at all have thought this to be so.