IQ tests (and TV quiz shows) are culturally biased. In the 1920s, all immigrants to the US were given an IQ test in English, with questions related to the US. Unsurprisingly, those immigrants not from northern Europe tended not to do so well.
Originally Posted by torledo
Maybe, but we already rely on machines for so much else. If we were magically transported back in time 10,000 years we wouldn't fare so well, but a native of the times (who, in evolutionary terms, would be identical to us) would be considered "intelligent" by the standards most applicable then.
But relying on machines, and in particular the internet to do the brain work and retention of information on our behalf is incredibly dangerous.
Because you speak a language derived from some of the same common roots as the one the city is named in. I don't really speak French at all, but can just about figure out a page of well-grammared French given enough time. There's no way I can do the same with Chinese, though - the spoken language is tonal, the written language is pictogram-based.
The buenos aires answer is a case in point. I think it was laziness on you're part to look up the answer, and if you were the contestant you'd have no such luxury. i didn't know of the answer, but i worked it out in a few seconds through a process of elimination and reasoning.
You're probably right, and this is probably where quiz shows are a good thing - a quick half-hour brain workout for the masses. Recently, quiz and TV shows in general seem to have taken a bit of a "nasty" turn, with stuff like The Weakest Link concentrating as much on the insulting banter from the host as anything else. Maybe time for a return to a good old-fashioned quick-fire general knowledge quiz... maybe something interactive for people to play along with at home... <drifts off into daydreams of royalties from franchising rights to hit quiz-show format>...
The more you excercise you're brain the more it stays active, unfortunately people have lost that art of general knowledge,
At heart (and, indeed, other organs) it would seem that we're still those rough cave-dwellers of 10,000 years ago. Ah well, I can tell you one thing I've learnt from all this - that "Buenos Aires" means "good wind" in Spanish...
Learning because you have a thirst for knowledge is seen by the masses as a lot of effort for no monetary or physical reward i.e it doesn't boost you're bank balance in most cases, and you can't use it to develop that six pack or make you're hair grow back.