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Times Online – Germans are brainiest (but at least we’re smarter than the French)

Britain, UK news from The Times and The Sunday Times – Times Online

Professor Lynn ascribes the differences between British and French intelligence levels to the results of military conflict. He described it as “a hitherto unrecognised law of history” that “the side with the higher IQ normally wins, unless they are hugely outnumbered, as Germany was after 1942”.

A controversial study concludes that the Germans are the smartest Europeans. The reasoning? Those in colder climates were forced to hunt game to survive and thus had the proteins necessary to brain growth. There are other interesting theories too. Read the short article, it’s worth it. And if you are interested in this sort of thing, read Jared Diamond’s books such as Guns, Germs, & Steel: The Fates of Human Societies.

9 Responses to “Times Online – Germans are brainiest (but at least we’re smarter than the French)”


  • Heh. I’ve always said Germans are tne smartest people in the world. Look at what they’ve invented – the jet, the rocket, a big chunk of Western medicine, the Samoan. Absolutely incredible.

    Why are Americans so smart? Well, because so many of us have German blood.

    Now, the whole thing with Nazis killing Jews really pisses me off, because Jews are smart people too. Imagine Germany and Jews actually united in WWII. We would have been screwed. They’d have the bomb way earlier than we would. Einstein would have stayed in Germany, as would have a lot of great Jewish scientists. Hitler was an idiot.

    As for the French vs Germans, here’s a little funny trivia for you. German History, Germany becomes a nation 1870. 1870-1, they beat up the French. 1914-8, they beat up the French. 1940, they beat up the French. It’s 2006. I think it’s long overdue. This time, we should take Germany’s side. I’m sick of defending the French. Ungrateful bastards, the whole lot of ’em.

    I want to see a study on Asians. Which group of slants is the smartest? I say Nips. Probably the third smartest people in the world after the Germans and Jews (with America not counting, because we all know we’re the smartest).

  • Well they said worldwide the US is the smartest, by a few points. But they used a different scale. They were measuring college students.

  • Yeah, but the reason we’re the smartest is we cheat. We get the best of the best from every nation. Of course, I’m not complaining. đŸ™‚

  • Actually the other countries cheat too. The article talks about how people flocked to big cities like London. Smart people.

  • Screw London. It’s the city of ugly women and pretentious “men” who need to get beaten up.

    I’d rather go to Madrid. They may not be as smart, but the women are better looking and they’re cool. I’d take cool over sophistication any day.

  • Well of course if you pick ANY city in Spain it’s going to dominate.

  • Its very funny because I read in a German Magazine 2 weeks ago, Max Planck Institute research said that British IQ is lower than 85, meanwhile French IQ is more than 95.
    Here is the new data from January 2013 :

    1.Germany (113)
    2.Austria (110)
    3.Netherland (108)
    3.Sweden (103)
    4.Poland (99)
    5.Denmark (97)
    6.Norway (96)
    7.Russia (96)
    8.Ukraine (96)
    9.France (96)
    10.Greece (94)
    11.Italy (93)
    12.Republic of Ireland (87)
    13.British (84)
    14.Spain (83)
    15.Serbia (80)
    16.Portugal (79)
    17.Turkey (77)

  • Nicole from Paris

    Oh la la

    I never believe the British are smarter than the French, the Max Planck Institute is correct ! British IQ is always lower than the French ! Shame on you British !

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