Richard Lynn`s The Global Bell Curve—The Explanation That Fits The Facts


Richard Lynn
`s new book The Global Bell Curve: Race, IQ and Inequality Worldwide
builds
on

Richard  Herrnstein
and

Charles Murray
`s

The Bell Curve
. Its subject: whether the same
type of racial hierarchy in IQ and socio-economic status
that Herrnstein and Murray

documented
in the US is present in other parts of
the world. Its answer: yes.

In The Bell Curve, Herrnstein and Murray found
that the average IQ for

African Americans
(85) is lower than for Hispanic
(89), White (103),

East Asian
(106), and

Jewish Americans
(113). In The Global Bell Curve,
Lynn shows in detail that similar racial
IQ/socio-economic hierarchies are indeed present within

Africa
,

Australia
,

Brazil
, Britain,

Canada
, the

Caribbean
,

Latin America
, the

Netherlands
, and

New Zealand
.

Throughout the world, Europeans and East Asians
(Chinese, Japanese and Koreans) average the highest IQs
and socio-economic positions. The lowest averages are
found among the

Aborigines in Australia
and in

Africans
and

their descendants
. Intermediate positions are
occupied by the Amerindians, the South Asians from the

Indian sub-continent
, the

Maori in New Zealan
d, and by the mixed race peoples
in South Africa, Latin America, and the

Caribbean
.

The same pattern is found on many other social and
life history indicators, such as educational levels,
earnings, health, accidents, crime, marriage, fertility,
and mortality.

Lynn`s
new book provides fascinating historical vignettes of
all the migrations and mixing of peoples. It also
provides clear tables of data, which allow the reader to
check the facts for themselves.

For
example, in

Brazil, it is the Japanese
who are

the highest-achieving group
. They were brought in as
indentured labourers to work the plantations after

slavery was abolished in 1888.
Yet,

today
, the Japanese outscore Whites on IQ tests,

earn more
, and are over-represented in university
places. Although they are less than one percent of the
total population, they comprise 17 percent of the
students at the elite

University of Sao Paulo.

In
Caribbean countries such as Cuba, Trinidad, and Guyana,
it was the Chinese and South Asians who were brought in
after the end of slavery. Subsequently, they too began
to do well, with the Chinese excelling and the South
Asians placing intermediate to Whites and Blacks. 

In
Britain large numbers of Blacks from Africa and the
Caribbean, and South Asians
from

Africa
,

India
, and

Pakistan
began to enter the country in the

1950s
and

1960s
.