Repost from the old site.
Average cranial capacities of indigenous populations, sex-combined means. Black: 1450 cc. and over; checkerboard: 1400-1449; crosshatching: 1350-1399; horizontal striping: 1300-1349; diagonal striping: 1250-1299; dots: 1200-1249. From Beals et al., 1984.
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White racists like to make a big deal about the supposed correlation between head size and intelligence and race. A nice little chart showing the basically dishonest portrayal they attempt based on cherry-picking data is below. I’ve already dealt with this before, but it’s time to add some new evidence to the theory.
As you can see, in the Americas, there is no good evidence whatsoever for head size and IQ. I am not aware that Amerindian IQ varies in the Americas. The average is apparently 87 across the continent. If anyone can show me that it varies by latitude, please do.
The biggest heads of all are in Northern Chinese (Manchurians), Eskimos, Alaskan natives, Siberians and Mongolians. The Northern Chinese IQ is 105, the Mongolian IQ is 100, the Eskimo IQ is 91, the Alaska native IQ is 87 and the Siberian native IQ is not known.
Note that Amerindians in Canada, Alaska, Mexico (!) and Tierra Del Fuego have larger heads (1400-1449 cc.) than any Europeans, yet Europeans have higher IQ’s than any of these Amerindians, who have IQ’s of 87. In addition, Uralics and Northeast Asians also have very large heads. Northeast Asians have median IQ’s of 105, Uralics have IQ’s of 96 and Amerindians have IQ’s of 87.
Amerindians in most of the US and in most of Latin America, Egyptians, Ugandans and Oceanians (Polynesians, Melanesians and Micronesians) have the same sized heads (1350-1399 cc.) as Northern and Central Europeans.
Some Amerindians, North Africans and Sahelians, Central Indians and Arabs, SE Asian Islanders (Indonesians, Bruneians, Malays and Filipinos), South Africans, New Guineans, and Middle Easterners have the same head sizes (1300-1349 cc.) as Southern Europeans.
Southern Europeans have a median IQ of 93. Amerindians again have IQ’s of 87. SE Asian Islanders have median IQ’s of 89.5, Arabs, North Africans and Middle Easterners have median IQ’s of 83.5. Central Indians and Central Asians have median IQ’s of 82. South Africans have median IQ’s of 70.5. Sahelians and West Africans have median IQ’s of 67.5.
It is true that most Africans have small heads, at 1250-1299 cc. However, southern Indians and some Amerindians have the same sized heads. These Africans have median IQ’s of 68.5, the Indians have IQ’s of 81.5 and the Amerindians have IQ’s of 87.
The smallest heads in the world (1200-1249 cc.) are actually not found in Africa. They are found in SE Asia and South India and Sri Lanka (we will also include the Seychelles and the Comoros). South Indians have a median IQ of 81 and SE Asians have median IQ’s of 90.
Does any of this make much sense? Not really.
Race realists, for the most part Northern European racists, often use a subset of these figures to demonstrate a link between IQ and head size. The subset looks something like this.
Misleading Racist Head Size/IQ Chart
Head Size Asians Europeans Africans Largest Intermediate Smallest 1400-1449cc. 1350-1399 cc. 1250-1299 cc. IQ Asians Europeans Africans 106 100 67
This is misleading. Let’s do it the right way.
Proper Head Size/IQ Chart
Largest heads 1450 cc.+ Variable IQ North Chinese* 105 Mongolians 99.5 Eskimos 91 Amerindians** 87 Siberians*** unknown Median 95.5 *Manchuria **Alaskans ***Aboriginals
Large heads 1400-1449 cc. Variable IQ NE Asians* 105 Russians** 96 Amerindians** 87 Median 96 *incl. S. Chinese **Uralics **Canada, Alaska, Mexico, Fuegians
Medium-large heads 1350-1399 cc. Variable IQ Nor./Cent. Europeans 98 Amerindians* 87 Oceanians** 84.5 Ugandans 73 Median 86 *Most Amerindians **Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia
Medium-small heads 1300-1349 cc. Variable IQ S. Europeans 93 SE Asian Islanders* 89.5 Amerindians** 87 Middle Easterners*** 83.5 Central Asians**** 82 South Africans 70.5 Sahelians/W. Africans 67.5 Papuans 65 Median 82.5 *Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines **Equatorial ***Arabs, North Africans and SW Asians ****Incl. Central Indians
Small heads 1250-1299 cc. Variable IQ Amerindians* 87 South Indians 81.5 Africans** 68.5 Median 81.5 *Caribbean **Most
Smallest heads 1200-1249 cc. Variable IQ SE Asians 90 Far South Indians* 81 Median 85.5 *Incl. Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Comoros
This looks like a complete wreck to me. There’s just not much there, once you sit down and really do the map.
People with large heads have very high (Several European countries = 101) and very low IQ’s (Ugandans = 73). Some people with the smallest heads have very high IQ’s (Vietnamese = 99.5). There’s sort of a general trend, but the data is all over the place, like a drunk throwing darts at a dartboard.
I wish people would quit talking about this race = head size = IQ thing already.
- Beals, K.L., Smith, C.L. & Dodd, S.M. 1984. Brain Size, Cranial Morphology, Climate, and Time Machines. Current Anthropology, 25:301-330.
Lynn, R. and Vanhanen, T. 2006. IQ and Global Inequality. Augusta, GA: Washington Summit Publishers.
Meisenberg, Gerhard. Winter 2003. IQ Population Genetics: It’s Not as Simple as You Think. Washington, DC: Mankind Quarterly, Volume XLIV, Number 2, pp.185-210.
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