Match.com and Mensa Are Teaming Up to Pair Off Geniuses

If you've been dissatisfied with the low intelligence of people in your dating pool, you might want to check out Match.com's latest feature: The online dating service is currently teaming up with Mensa, the global high IQ society, to romantically pair off brainiacs and nerdballs. » 6/27/14 12:50pm 6/27/14 12:50pm

Dude Scientist Is on a Quixotic Mission to Prove Dolphins Are Dumb

Dolphins are smart. Except that, dolphins may not be so smart, at least not according to one South African researcher who is trying to corner the market on schadenfreude-laced dolphin studies because (and we’re just spitballing here) 1) his entire family was killed by dolphin mercenaries, 2) he’s really, really sick… » 9/29/13 3:00pm 9/29/13 3:00pm

Mothers, Don't Let Your Girls Grow Up to Love Morally Upright Spies

Last week, several media outlets obtained leaked information that revealed that the United States government, in collaboration with several major corporations, has been secretly collecting a metric fuckton of data on its citizens without their knowledge or consent, all as part of a Bond villainesquely named program… » 6/10/13 11:40am 6/10/13 11:40am

Women Are All of a Sudden Scoring Higher than Men on IQ Tests

In the ceaseless competition between the sexes, it's crucial for us all to keep score so that the eventual winner can properly gloat, which is why we should all take note of the fact that as of right the fuck now, women are scoring higher than men on IQ tests. After 100 years of IQ testing, during which women lagged… » 7/15/12 9:30pm 7/15/12 9:30pm

Prejudiced, Conservative People Probably Stupid, Says Science

You've always had an inkling that this might be true, and now here comes Science to validate your gut: children with low IQs tend to grow up to be prejudiced adults who often adopt socially conservative ideologies. The "liberal elite" is not in your imagination, friends. Fox News viewers really are that dumb! » 1/26/12 7:40pm 1/26/12 7:40pm

Working in Groups Makes Women Feel Dumb

A depressing new study has found that when they solve problems in groups, women tend to do worse than their IQ would suggest. The researchers aren't sure why this is, but we have some theories. » 1/23/12 2:30pm 1/23/12 2:30pm

Mentioning a Woman's Name Is Enough to Make Men Stupid

Research has already shown that guys do worse on cognitive tests when they're forced to interact with a lady beforehand. Now a new study reveals that all you need to render guys brainless is a woman's name on an instant message screen. » 1/17/12 11:55am 1/17/12 11:55am

If Ladies Just Had More Self-Confidence, They'd Be Able To Read A…

You know how women can't read a map or park a car, because their poor ladybrains just can't handle complex spatial tasks? Turns out, that may be partly because everyone's always telling them their poor ladybrains can't handle complex spatial tasks. » 12/07/11 3:40pm 12/07/11 3:40pm

IQ Can Rise And Fall Throughout Teen Years

There's still hope for all the stupid teenagers out there: according to a new study, IQ isn't set in stone like scientists thought; it can fluctuate more dramatically than the out-of-control hormones coursing through teen veins. » 10/19/11 6:15pm 10/19/11 6:15pm

Video Games May Not Make You Smarter

Studies showing that video games improve cognitive abilities appear to "suffer from a host of methodological flaws." But on the bright side, for psychologically healthy kids, they may not be harmful. » 9/16/11 9:50am 9/16/11 9:50am

Beautiful People Smarter, Better Than Everyone Else

A London School of Economics study of 52,000 people found attractive people are more likely to have higher IQs. Researchers felt it necessary to warn this is "not a prescription for how to treat or judge others." Right. » 1/17/11 9:54am 1/17/11 9:54am

Why Are Our Brains Are Shrinking?

Human brains are now 10% smaller than our Cro-Magnon ancestors', but scientists can't figure out why. Some believe it's a sign of domestication and lower aggression. Others think we're dumbing down, as microwaving Hot Pockets doesn't require much intelligence. » 1/03/11 12:44pm 1/03/11 12:44pm

Walking Makes You Smarter — But So Does Sugar

In a new study, girls who walked to school did better on tests than girls who got there by car. But lazy students take heart: caffeine and sugar also up test scores. » 12/09/10 9:38am 12/09/10 9:38am

The First Woman To Head U.S. Intelligence Agency

Letitia A. Long has been promoted to director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, making her the first woman to head one of the nation's 16 major intelligence agencies. The intelligence workforce is 38% female, but only 27% hold senior positions. » 8/09/10 9:48am 8/09/10 9:48am

3 Problems With The "Women In Science" Debate

The Times's John Tierney is the latest of several to take the Larry Summers tack of questioning women's natural aptitude for science. Here's what's wrong with this argument, in three easy points that even the simplest ladybrain can understand. » 6/08/10 12:00pm 6/08/10 12:00pm

"Men Have Emerged As The More Intelligent Sex:" And Other Stupid…

Yet another supposed expert has taken to a national forum today to announce that women are dumb. But arguments like his aren't just harmless flame-bait: they're an excuse for perpetuating inequality. » 5/10/10 4:20pm 5/10/10 4:20pm

Writing About Pretty Dumb People Turns Out Pretty Dumb

Are pretty people dumb? Or just lazy? That's the issue at the heart of Eric Felton's piece in today's Wall Street Journal. The problem with the article, however, is that it makes your feelings feel confused. » 3/19/10 6:20pm 3/19/10 6:20pm

Gender War Won

Women are smarter than men, proclaims the Daily Mail. Or we're just better at remembering useless facts; this very scientific global experiment was carried out at the Trivial Pursuit website. Next up: battle of the generations. [Daily Mail] » 2/23/10 2:30pm 2/23/10 2:30pm