How intelligent is the average IQ test designer?

This article is an adaptation from a Danish article published in the on-line magazine Para-nyt (Para News), the website of the Danish skeptics. It was mainly inspired by the controversy surrounding the Danish IQ psychologist Helmuth Nyborg, an admirer of Jensen, Herrnstein and Murray. Every two or three years Nyborg appears in the Danish media with his sensational ideas, only to disappear again and be forgotten. There may be good reasons for that.

IQ: The democratically purified racism

After the ideas in the book The Bell Curve were thoroughly debunked a couple of years ago, almost everybody seems to agree that even if black people considered as a group may be less intelligent than the rest of humanity, the genes are not to blame! The most recent publications used as textbooks declare that the average score of these children is by no means inferior – as you would expect if ‘black genes’ were dumber than other people’s genes.

The Pufedorf Hoax

The Pufedorf Hoax

An unsolved double-murder, clandestine missions, secret organizations, four Presidents, nuclear warheads for Nazi rockets, Queen Elizabeth II, guerilla tactics, executions, fake executions, Yassir Arafat, the Congressional Medal of Honor, a German retirement home, an Argentinian travel agent, anagrams, a sunken ship, shady figures from the Underworld, fraud, lies, hoaxes, humbug – and two very strange people.

Hunting for Mokele Mbembe

Hunting for Mokele Mbembe

In 1981, three Americans travelled to the jungles of Congo – or rather, to a huge swamp area, where Mokele Mbembe is said to live. Mokele Mbembe? It’s a real, live dinosaur, extinct 60 million years ago. Except, perhaps, in Congo.