25% of China’s population with the highest IQ’s…

FYIHE-China25Percent

That 25% of China’s population with the highest IQ’s … is greater than the total population of the United States.

Startling? Not really. It has certainly made the rounds on the internet and been posted, shared and featured in numerous YouTube videos. This seemingly profound revelation is no more than a sensational view of basic demographics. The population of China is over 1.3 billion. The population of the United States is 330 million. Since the population of the U.S. is less than 1/4 the population of China the statement can be technically true for any comparison of this nature.

What the statement does not do is compare the IQ’s or the distribution of IQ’s between China and the U.S. In fact it makes no qualitative statement concerning the brain power of the respective countries at all.

So now you know a really great trick of sensationalizing basic information.

#FYIHigherEd

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