Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Dumb Republicans?

Perhaps you've recently seen a chart showing that the average IQ of people in states that voted for Gore in 2000 is generally higher than in states that went for Bush. The chart was linked by many bloggers, including Matthew Yglesias. Apparently it even makes it into this week's edition of The Economist.

The chart is a hoax. It's pretty obvious if you think about it--the range of average IQs is much too large, and the low states are much too low, especially states like South Dakota and Utah which actually do fairly well on standardized tests. There is much more information debunking the hoax at Steve Sailer's blog, here. There is also an extremely lame "apology" from The American Assembler.


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