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It's striking how physics is highly Jewish but astronomy is not, despite the two fields being closely related since Kepler and Galileo.

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This is a very good detailed article on the subject of Jewish intelligence. Cochran and Harpending had an entire chapter on this topic in "The 10,000 year explosion".

On the subject of the decline of Jewish success, this was bound to happen. Jews are overwhelmingly on the political left and frequently advocate for "environmental" causes to society problems. Eventually a lot of them act on this and start intermarrying with non-Jews because, hey, success in education is just due to the school, teachers, and how many books you have in the house right?

Their children will regress to the mean of 100 instead of 110.

You should write about Brahmins in India. They marry within their own group and have high average IQs as well. All the Indian tech executes and workers are Brahmin.

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Feb 5Liked by Cremieux

"The single ethnic difference that I believe is likely to have a genetic basis is the relative Jewish incapacity for spatial reasoning. I have no theory about why this should be the case, but I note that it casts an interesting light on the Jews’ wandering in the desert for forty years!" - Hilarious! 😂

On a more serious note, I wasn't aware of this one, it certainly doesn't fit my personal profile as an Ashkenazi (I was doing 500 piece jigsaw puzzles when I was 2), but I guess that's just unavoidable within group variance?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGkLjfPWqeI

I grew up in a majority Jewish area and I think the idea that Jews aren't nepotistic toward other Jews is laughable. The Jews I grew up with would feel the same. I don't know exactly how to rank Jewish Nepotism versus other ethnic nepotisms. Less than blacks or Indians, more than whites.

That doesn't mean there is a vast Jewish conspiracy to control the world, but the idea that everyone but Jews would have elements of ethnic nepotism seems absurd.

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Dec 28, 2023·edited Dec 28, 2023

This seems pretty pointless as it mostly covers old data that has been reviewed dozens of times before. As stated in the beginning of the article, Jewish achievement has been dropping rapidly. Where is the explanation for this decline within the article? What is the adjusted IQ? Are you somehow under the impression that their IQ has not changed despite their levels of achievement having drastically done so? Furthermore, interpreting scores of a particular group of Ashkenazis as being representative of all Ashkenazis is fallacious. The Ashkenazi ethnic group has become quite diverse over time due to decades of outbreeding. And the nature of that breeding is different based on the country that one may choose to review. Jews are not a monolithic race. They are a *breeding group* that has people coming in and going out all the time.

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What do you think of the “Jews vs. WASPs” IQ debate? Do American WASPs, especially northern WASPs (so-called “Boston Brahmins” and their ilk) have exceptionally high IQs? They went through some similar genetic patterns the Jews did, namely a population bottleneck followed by selection for skilled work. Both also had a somewhat similar religious culture, centered around heavy personal examination of scripture and the allowance of religious elites to procreate. On top of that, the WASP ascendancy absorbed elite members of other groups to some extent.

I remember there was an interesting study from a long time ago someone showed me which specifically studied WASP IQ, but every study I’ve found since then has dealt with religious proxies like “Episcopalian”. It’s very tawdry stuff.

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During the digital age with the proliferation of a culture of narcissism happening in western societies, it doesn't matter to me how fast a person's processing speed is in their head, what matters is how high a person's emotional intelligence is, for me.

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The striking success of Ashkenazi Jews is not only due to the above-average cognitive ability of the successful man/women. I always write down in the comments section under such articles what the explanation might be. The secret lies in one's personal network of contacts: a person maintains intensive communication with a limited number of acquaintances - relatives, friends, colleagues. If we count an average of 100 people in a person's network of contacts, note that an Ashkenazi will have ten with over 130 iq, while a European white will have two! This is a huge advantage in career building.

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Dec 28, 2023·edited Dec 29, 2023

" Note that self-identified race varies by age among Jews. Among Jews aged 65+, 97% identify as White, followed by 96% of Jews aged 50-64, 88% of Jews aged 30-49, and 85% of Jews aged 18-29."

It would be interesting to know what race choices were available to them.

"What ultimately explains Jewish success will have to be discovered empirically."

One should never rule out a lack of integrity as a negative trait that is advantageous in business success; this applies to both Jews and Gentiles.

Thanks for the novel approach to determining the average Jewish IQ.

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Fascinating and comprehensive. In order to ensure equality of representation by intelligence, entrance by SAT type tests only would seem to be mandatory. Failure to come to grips with the reality of the mirror image of these results in other ethnicities can only lead to misery. Coming to grips includes, for example, encouragement of trades, as recommended by John McWhorter.

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My only comment is that this writer has managed to write an almost unreadable article about an extremely interesting subject. He may be a very intelligent man, but he is not a writer. Time spent with this writer is time wasted. Maybe if he reduced the article's length by half....

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Check out Unz’s work on Harvard admission bias towards jews. Nepotism is definitely a reality.

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In reality even if they have slightly higher verbal IQs, it does not in any way explain their overrepresentation. In reality they have gotten into so many power positions because of nepotism, jewish people are some of the most ethnocentric on earth, as Kevin MacDonald's work has shown they lead most of these "civil rights" movements through very tight in group networking. https://www.unz.com/runz/american-meritocracy-revisited/

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I wouldn't be surprised if Israeli Ashkenazis aren't quite as brilliant at the high end as American or other Western Ashkenazis. The Zionist founding fathers wanted Jews to be less scholarly and more average, more farmers and soldiers. And it seems to me they probably got their way due to the power of social construction.

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The Jewish performance in the three Hard Science Nobels (physic, chemistry, and medicine) might be the single most impressive statistic I know.

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I would not say still jews are the " women of ethnicities" when we consider their achievements in commerce, humor and stem xd

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