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May 14, 2014


Fifty-five percent of Americans think that they are smarter than the average American.

(Thanks to Charles Cates)


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Look at who we have elceted latley and you can see how really stupid we are.

Well, 50% ARE above average (or at least above median), so that's only a 5% error rate.

OK, I have to get down off this stupid clown stool and say that that's one of the dumbest articles I've ever seen. The essayist should be sent to the corner with a pointy hat. The editor should be questioned with a baseball bat. That's plenty stupid.

'stupid people aren't annoying - they're free entertainment'

Dave, I hate to ruin the humor, but, depending on what we mean by "average," it is theoretically possible for 55% of Americans (or an even higher percentage)to be smarter than the average. Thinking otherwise is confusing average with median. If there are a lot of very, very stupid people (politicians, for example), the average could be significantly lower than the median. I doubt this is true; my guess is the distribution of intelligence approximates a normal distribution. But it certainly is possible.

Steve B.:

It also depends on the standard deviation of the sample, the relative humidity(in kPA or celsius/fahrenheit or Newtons), GPS location, global climate change warming and the Visigoths.

The other 45% were told there would be no math.

I think that everyone has certain areas that they excel in than others and what I think about is common sense. It's something that can't be taught. You either have it of don't. Lot's of things don't make sense to me.

i <3 theresa

At least a third of us belong to political parties whose precepts are largely imaginary and based on emotional appeals that can't be backed up by facts. Let's just say I am pretty sure that I am smarter than a good third of America by a long shot.

Glad that's been settled!

55 + 34 + 4 = 93%

What about the other 7%? Were they undecided?

Mikey, don't forget - your mileage may vary.

Thanks and if it lasts more than 4 hours I will contact my doctor

Lake Wobegon is distorting the statistics.

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