Lawyers fall behind in IQ study

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  • hilarious

    This article is actually one of the funniest things I have ever seen. There are so many things I could say to criticise it that my brain is about to explode.

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  • Intelligence

    I would love to see lawyers negotiate the terms of a single bilateral (writer-reader) text without deliberate obfuscation as a means of making money.

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  • IQ

    I've been a City lawyer for many years and followed this article perfectly until it got to the graph, which befuddled me (I had a bit of trouble with the words too but let's not go there). No problem: I'll get a junior to pull an exec summary together for me.

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  • question

    what is the significance of the years 1958 and 1970?

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  • Astonishing Accountants!

    Well the one good thing this graph does is explain why my accountant is so goddamn thick.

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  • To That Chap That Responded To Me Below...

    I notice that you IT people aren't included in this survey. The profession is staffed to the gills with barbarians and luddites.

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  • What was the average?

    Quote: "Lawyers in the earlier group scored 11 per cent better than the average, but the 1970 group were just 8 per cent more intelligent." I always thought the average IQ score was 100. On that basis the average lawyer's score would now be 108. The standard deviation for IQ is 15, which means 67% of the population have an IQ between 85 and 115. This means:
    (a) either lawyers (and every group in the graph) are of "normal" intelligence; or
    (b) the average in the study is not 100 (quite possible, since only results for graduates are given).

    Does anyone know what the average was?

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  • How the braggarts are fallen ...

    Well done, The Lawyer. You send me an email linking this story, and take the opportunity to boast about how much smarter journalists are, but fail to spell "Bloggs" consistently. Own goal, much?

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  • Two points

    1) Firstly, what is the CMPO, and why should we take it seriously? It's not a 'known name'.

    2) The fact that only the years 1958 and 1970 have been chosen suggests that there is a lack of relevant information to go on, which very much compromises this research. The years are 12 years apart, and the nearer of the two 39 years ago. What have they got to do with anything?

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  • Who defines Intelligence?

    What I would like to know is...who decides the scales on these so-called measures of IQ? Aren't those criteria for IQ measurement subject to "researcher's bias" by the person who created the scales? I do not believe that IQ alone defines intelligence; that is a rich statement to make! Can intelligence be defined in the first place?

    What of the African tribes who survive all sorts of potentially dangerous encounters in the bush (where us Westerners would probably end up being mauled by a lion or something) but who can't read - does that make them less "intelligent?"

    My "profession" isn't listed in any of the categories; I'm "only" a legal PA but would like to think, an intelligent one at that :-)

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