Also Neck-in-Neck: Above- vs Below-Average Intelligence

Many biological traits follow a so-called “normal distribution” (a.k.a. “bell curve”) across populations, and to the extent that intelligence follows this pattern, then half of all human beings have above average intelligence, and the other half below average intelligence.

Might this explain something significant about the roughly 50-50 split being revealed between Biden supporters and Trump supporters?

Now, to the extent that this coincidence is truly meaningful (quite plausibly not at all, but still), and although I do have my own intuitions regarding which half of the intelligence bell-curve might correspond to Biden- and which half to Trump supporters, unfortunately there’s really nothing about the mere coincidence itself that indicates whether I’m right or wrong in that regard.

So, really, both sides are free to flatter themselves with this observation, and thereby achieve a cozy and consoling sense of smugness and superiority.

Hope that’s useful!


Image by David Mark from Pixabay


  1. Yeah, but what is “average”? How low is that bar? Are we throwing out the top & bottom 5% ?

    Don’t mind me… I’ll just be doing Arts & Crafts as I rightly should. I’m merely a peasant in service to HRH King BenπŸ™„πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ€—πŸ₯°

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    1. Good question, Angie, thanks for asking! Although I did try to research this post, I quickly became overwhelmed and had to remind myself that I was really just trying to write a joke and in the end took pains to hide my ignorance by not saying anything too specific about intelligence and how it might be quantified or measured (aside from the vague reference to a “bell curve” or so-called normal distribution). On the other hand, I do have enough baseline knowledge to say that my joke makes reference to a statistical measure of central tendency known as the median, which is roughly defined as the number such that half of all the scores are above it, and half are below it.

      All hail King Ben! πŸ‘‘ ☺️

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