Jordan Peterson IQ: Understanding Low IQ and its Significance

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘What it Means to have an IQ LOWER than 83 | Jordan Peterson’ by Jordan Peterson Lessons

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The video explores liberal and conservative views on success and educational resources, mentioning military intelligence research sorting individuals by IQ, highlighting a threshold of 83 where people are deemed untrainable for productive military roles, and discussing the challenges faced by those with low IQ in job performance.

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  • The video discusses the contrasting views of liberals and conservatives regarding success and educational resources.
  • It mentions that the American armed forces have been conducting intelligence research for over a century to sort people during military expansion and identify those who could benefit from education and advancement.
  • An IQ threshold of 83 was established, below which individuals were deemed untrainable for productive military roles.
  • The video highlights that this threshold applies to about 10% of the population, which poses a challenge for military recruitment and social mobility efforts.
  • It mentions the difficulty faced by individuals with low IQ in performing jobs that require computational abilities or literacy.
  • The concept of IQ levels and their implications for reading abilities and action translation is discussed.
  • The book "The Bell Curve" by Murray and Herrnstein, criticized for its focus on IQ research, is referenced.
  • The presenter, as a clinical psychologist, shares personal experiences with individuals on the low end of the IQ spectrum.
  • The impact of a cognitively sophisticated environment on individuals with lower cognitive abilities is emphasized, suggesting that jobs are becoming more challenging for them.

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On the liberal end, you know, the idea fundamentally is that everybody’s the same and that if you distribute educational resources properly, then everyone can succeed. And so that didn’t work out so well for the liberals.

And then on the conservative side, the idea is, well, if you could just get off your lazy asses and get a job, there is a job for you out there.

And the truth of the matter is, you know, you can tell me what you think about this, but this was a statistic that just absolutely shocked and staggered me when I went through the intelligence literature.

So, you know, it is illegal in the United States to induct anybody who has an IQ of less than 83. And the reason for that is, you know, that the American armed forces have been conducting intelligence research for like more than 100 years.

And that was partly because they needed a way of sorting people rapidly during times of military expansion during wartime. But it was also because IQ tests, especially in the early part of the 20th century, were used to identify, let’s say, the deserving poor who could really benefit from additional educational attainment and advancement.

And the military was hoping to identify people from lower-class strata that could be streamed into, say, officer training programs and so forth, or even skills training programs to move people from the underclass into at least the working class and maybe above. So they had a bloody stake in this, man. They wanted to find people. They wanted to sort them properly. And they wanted to do social good when they weren’t just trying to win a war, let’s say, which often also is a social good.

But what happened was that by—I don’t remember when this legislation was introduced, but it was in the later part of the 20th century. But their basic finding was that by, say, the 1980s, they had determined that if you had an IQ of less than 83, there was not a damn thing that the army could do, the armed forces could do, to transform you into someone who could do something that was more productive than nonproductive.

And the terrible thing about that is that it’s about 10% of the population. And so you look at a statistic like that, and you think, oh, my God, you’ve got this enterprise, this massive enterprise that’s chronically hungry for people. It’s always—they’re always looking for people. They’re really oriented towards taking people from the underclass and lower working class and pushing them up the societal strata. And during wartime, they’re actually desperate to bring in recruits, period. And their conclusion is that 10% of the population can’t be trained to do anything sufficiently useful to make them militarily operable. It’s just—I just read that. My jaw just dropped.

No, it means that from what I’ve read practically, it means the Wunderland company has actually done a really—they have a nice IQ test from the commercial perspective. You know, it’s actually psychometrically valid. And they’ve linked IQ levels to job—specifically to job categories, you know. Especially even given that so many of the service jobs now require a fair high degree of computational savvy or ability—not computational, but ability to interact with complex computational technology.

Even the typical till at a checkout market or the till at a McDonald’s—because McDonald’s is actually very complicated—is often far beyond the ability of people who are on the low end of the intelligence distribution.

And they claimed—I think it was Wunderlich, although it might have been Hunt. What’s his name? IQ researcher. Is it Earl Hunt, I think, possibly? He claimed that if you have an IQ of below 90, that it’s difficult for you to read well enough to translate what you’re reading into action. So you can’t actually read instructions and follow them. You don’t have that level of literacy.

Well, that was something that Murray and Herrnstein wrote about in their book, The Bell Curve, which really struck me. Because I read that book twice, unlike most of the people who criticized it.

And, you know, one of the things that they pointed out in there was, look, the typically educated person thinks that someone isn’t very bright if they have an IQ of 115. Graduate-level and PhD-level research institutions, right? Because 115—there’s as many people at 115 above as there are at 85 and below. It’s a minority of the population, and that’s the top 15%.

And, you know, that’s the duller undergraduate. See, I’m a clinical psychologist, and I’ve dealt with people who had ranges in the low 80s and tried to find them jobs and tried to train them. And I have some real knowledge about the stunning gap between people at the low end of the IQ distribution and the high end.

And it’s no bloody wonder people hate IQ research and intelligence research because it reveals a set of seriously dismal facts about the incredible range of ability among human beings.

I’m trying to make the point about how difficult it is for people who are on the low end of the cognitive spectrum to survive in an increasingly complex, cognitively sophisticated environment. The jobs are just disappearing.

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘What it Means to have an IQ LOWER than 83 | Jordan Peterson’ by Jordan Peterson Lessons