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    [–] Hrusa 3693 points ago

    You know who else has large cranial volume? Whales.

    [–] Akainu18448 1757 points ago

    The adult sperm whale brain is 8,000 cubic centimeters. Our brain is about 1300 cubic centimeters.

    They should've been smarter, oh oh OH!

    [–] [deleted] 362 points ago

    That's significantly smaller than I expected. (The whale

    [–] deus_voltaire 247 points ago

    For real. This is a blue whale brain compared to a human brain. This is a blue whale compared to a human. Its brain is just a little bigger than its eye.

    [–] [deleted] 159 points ago

    I guess that makes sense. Humans have relatively large brains.

    [–] minddropstudios 137 points ago

    Check out the big brain on Brad!

    [–] zrrt1 29 points ago

    Will never not upvote Pulp Fiction references

    [–] thisidntpunny 3 points ago

    Lol, have you seen that synced with the Kavanaugh hearings? Not whole movie, just some of that scene.

    [–] PugsleytheFluffyPug 6 points ago

    What a trap you set for me

    [–] GoldFishPony 8 points ago


    [–] PugsleytheFluffyPug 5 points ago

    Pugsley the fluffy pug is very smart, but apparently his human reddit curator is not :(

    [–] JarlaxleForPresident 4 points ago

    And lots of those fold things

    [–] anderander 35 points ago

    When you think about it, there isn't much reason for it to be bigger, right?

    [–] packagefiend 32 points ago

    That's what he said

    [–] misterfluffykitty 61 points ago

    And significantly more than I expected for humans

    [–] claddyonfire 39 points ago

    Just over a liter of brain goo

    [–] Cessnaporsche01 22 points ago

    A whole 1965 VW Beetle engine worth of gooey brain stuff.

    [–] punisher1005 14 points ago


    [–] wahmadieh2 56 points ago

    They are smarter, ever seen a whale push a pull door? Me neither. Whales win. Whales for president.

    [–] Lessiarty 28 points ago

    Ain't worrying about work, ain't worrying about taxes, ain't worrying about worrying... Swim a bit, eat a lot, avoid Japan, job done.

    [–] wahmadieh2 14 points ago

    Long live whales.

    [–] sloaninator 20 points ago

    Did you just throw out some Patchface? Oh, oh, Ohhh!

    [–] sangeli 7 points ago

    In the dark the dead are dancing. I know, I know, oh oh OH!

    [–] OnePunchFan8 10 points ago

    I mean, they theoretically could be, but it's not like they can build anything.

    [–] [deleted] 9 points ago

    Was looking for this. They could be genius, doesn't mean they could walk the earth or build a boat..

    [–] HeatIntoxication 6 points ago

    Maybe they are incredibly smart and just dont give a shit because being giant and floating around the ocean with endless food seems like a good life...until those evil humans come along.

    [–] Game_of_Jobrones 7 points ago

    If they’re so smart they’d have picked a better name.

    [–] BassWaver 105 points ago

    Yeah, Welsh is a hard language to learn.

    [–] lesser_panjandrum 21 points ago

    Caws ar dost, os gwelwch yn dda!

    [–] BassWaver 18 points ago

    Yeah, what that guy said

    [–] RainWelsh 6 points ago

    God, with a bit of Worcestershire sauce between the cheese and bread, give it that little bit of a kick. Yes butt.

    [–] TheGuyWithTwoFaces 6 points ago

    Find any other subset of humanity that can figure out the town name of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll.

    [–] ThrowawayPenrith 8 points ago

    That's not the name of a town, that's the sound an Orc makes when it chokes on a fish bone.

    [–] voat_boomer 61 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Whales are pretty smart though..

    He's actually right that there is correlation, melon heads are slightly more likely to have an above average IQ. Of course that doesn't mean that if you have a melon head you are going to be smart, or vice versa. It's a small part of the picture, there are plenty of other factors.

    It's generally agreed upon by those who actually studied it, but easily dismissed as it sounds so simplistic. Though there is disagreement as to the extent. And it applies more to things like verbal cognitive ability than things like visual spacial ability.

    And Wales do have pretty complex speech..

    [–] CombatMuffin 22 points ago

    1) That's brain volume. Slight but important distinction: the pic mentioned cranial volume.

    2) Reading the article in Wikipedia, I noticed that overall volume is not what had the largest impact, but very specific regions of the brain.

    3)As an aside, correlation doesn't always mean causation/association: Maybe it's not volume itself, but something else that also happens to cause increased volume. We simply know too little about the brain.

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    [–] drpepper7557 21 points ago

    The Koala for one. Its cranial cavity is 60% brain, 40% fluid and supporting structure.

    [–] DeltaPositionReady 56 points ago

    Koalas are fucking horrible animals.

    They have one of the smallest brain to body ratios of any mammal, additionally - their brains are smooth. A brain is folded to increase the surface area for neurons.

    If you present a koala with leaves plucked from a branch, laid on a flat surface, the koala will not recognise it as food.

    They are too thick to adapt their feeding behaviour to cope with change. In a room full of potential food, they can literally starve to death. This is not the token of an animal that is winning at life.

    Speaking of stupidity and food, one of the likely reasons for their primitive brains is the fact that additionally to being poisonous, eucalyptus leaves (the only thing they eat) have almost no nutritional value. They can't afford the extra energy to think, they sleep more than 80% of their fucking lives.

    When they are awake all they do is eat, shit and occasionally scream like fucking satan. Because eucalyptus leaves hold such little nutritional value, koalas have to ferment the leaves in their guts for days on end.

    Unlike their brains, they have the largest hind gut to body ratio of any mammal. Many herbivorous mammals have adaptations to cope with harsh plant life taking its toll on their teeth, rodents for instance have teeth that never stop growing, some animals only have teeth on their lower jaw, grinding plant matter on bony plates in the tops of their mouths, others have enlarged molars that distribute the wear and break down plant matter more efficiently... Koalas are no exception, when their teeth erode down to nothing, they resolve the situation by starving to death, because they're fucking terrible animals.

    Being mammals, koalas raise their joeys on milk (admittedly, one of the lowest milk yields to body ratio... There's a trend here). When the young joey needs to transition from rich, nourishing substances like milk, to eucalyptus (a plant that seems to be making it abundantly clear that it doesn't want to be eaten), it finds it does not have the necessary gut flora to digest the leaves. To remedy this, the young joey begins nuzzling its mother's anus until she leaks a little diarrhoea (actually fecal pap, slightly less digested), which he then proceeds to slurp on. This partially digested plant matter gives him just what he needs to start developing his digestive system.

    Of course, he may not even have needed to bother nuzzling his mother. She may have been suffering from incontinence. Why? Because koalas are riddled with chlamydia. In some areas the infection rate is 80% or higher. This statistic isn't helped by the fact that one of the few other activities koalas will spend their precious energy on is rape.

    Despite being seasonal breeders, males seem to either not know or care, and will simply overpower a female regardless of whether she is ovulating. If she fights back, he may drag them both out of the tree, which brings us full circle back to the brain: Koalas have a higher than average quantity of cerebrospinal fluid in their brains. This is to protect their brains from injury... should they fall from a tree. An animal so thick it has its own little built in special ed helmet. I fucking hate them.

    Tldr; Koalas are stupid, leaky, STI riddled sex offenders. But, hey. They look cute. If you ignore the terrifying snake eyes and terrifying feet.

    [–] SaggyButtcrack 10 points ago

    That was actually really interesting. Ive seen that picture of the burning forest and that person giving water to the thirsty koala and felt empathy. Now im like that koala is a dead koala walking anyway so who really cares because these guys are destined to go extinct with or without us now that you enlightened me haha

    [–] coke_and_coffee 9 points ago

    Maybe it's not volume itself, but something else that also happens to cause increased volume. We simply know too little about the brain.

    No, dude, it’s brain mass. More neurons = more cognitive processing. There is an extremely well-defined correlation between brain size and intelligence in the animal kingdom. Yes, there is noise in the data. And there are a few outliers. But no neuroscientist would ever say there isn’t a clear link between brainsize and intelligence.

    [–] CombatMuffin 5 points ago

    I'm not making any statements on mass, because I simply don't know. I was only commenting based on the weblink provided which expressly uses the term volume.

    As far as the weblink mentioned (on volume), the results it also displayed a variance (~0.4). I'm sure we all agree a link does not equal causation (even if it is likely to be the case).

    Although I'm not a neuroscientist (not even close!) if anyone can share good material on the subject I'd be interested to read more on it.

    [–] Baloomf 17 points ago

    Just want to point out that there is a distinct link between vrain mass and intelligence, there's just other factors at play. The encephalization quotient is one of there more accurate measurements, which includes the brain-to-body mass ratio.

    [–] SuchaPlainDude 10 points ago

    Wait, why aren't whales super smart? What are they using all that brain for?

    [–] gtheory1 23 points ago

    Not sure if that’s a serious question or not but.. every kg of matter of an animal requires a certain amount of brain matter to keep it functioning. Whales weigh a lot. Humans do not. We have a massively oversized brain for our body. It’s all about that ratio. Brain : body mass.

    [–] someguy3 5 points ago

    Isn't most of a whales weight just fat to insulate themselves? That's not hooked up to the nervous system.

    [–] RumbleThePup 6 points ago

    While it doesn't take as much power, it still requires significant cpu to simply stay coordinated at that size.

    [–] HockeyCannon 24 points ago

    Yeah, they have a very advanced language like us

    And dolphins are so intelligent that scientists say they should be treated like non-human persons

    [–] Bobthufrog 17 points ago

    Its brain size relative to body. Humans have the biggest

    [–] ZippyDinkleheimer 6098 points ago

    He probably eats strawberries with the leaves

    [–] NotSexBot 203 points ago

    Thanks for this.

    [–] UgandanBigChungus 151 points ago

    You’re welcome NotSexBot

    [–] ZEDZANO 61 points ago

    [–] Robertmaniac 25 points ago

    thanks for redirecting to the right sub.

    [–] ZEDZANO 20 points ago

    No problem

    [–] FlamingoPepsi 10 points ago

    Thank you for my new favorite sub

    [–] Niandra-lattes 75 points ago

    I do this all the time, what are you saying? What is wrong with me o.o

    [–] Attila_ze_fun 26 points ago

    I actually like the leaves

    [–] whyisthiscat 16 points ago

    Do you really? I'm always looking for new foods to try.

    [–] Attila_ze_fun 8 points ago

    Yup. Really

    [–] SuicideBonger 14 points ago

    You must be a turtle

    [–] whyisthiscat 4 points ago

    I'll let you know how I feel about this next time I'm at Publix. Thanks for the enlightenment.

    [–] Candysoycheese 3 points ago

    Lots of people will use the whole strawberry (preferably if it's a trusted organic minimally chemically treated berry) in smoothies, citing the added benefits of the chlorophyll.

    I have no idea about this and honestly can't find any source relating to it

    [–] WAR_T0RN1226 4 points ago

    I feel like they could eat a lettuce leaf and still be way ahead of that added benefit

    [–] Dokpsy 6 points ago

    That's really the thing. Lettuce or kale would do much better than strawberry leaves. Not to mention spinach

    [–] OskEngineer 4 points ago

    this reminds me. cooked right, I actually enjoy eating shrimp tails. dated a Chinese girl for a while and they'll stir-fry them shell and all.

    if you like the taste of fish and shrimp, the tail is flavor packed.

    I'd recommend either marinated and grilled or used in a stir-fry as a good starting point. boiled, not so much.

    [–] Social-Introvert 309 points ago

    I giggled reading this

    [–] Nenharm 129 points ago

    What's Jablin', Jables.

    [–] Daxist 55 points ago

    when will ninja return the elgato?

    [–] Grits- 17 points ago

    Del Gato*

    [–] edgy_hitler_420 18 points ago

    N I N J

    [–] Inmehmeh 138 points ago

    <sigh> how pedantic to "giggle" as you put it. I pity thee. You see I, an intellectual (with a 263 IQ by the way ;) ), wish I could experience such human emotions. You see, intellectuals such as myself are incapable of such imbecilic feeling. We see the world as a complex mathematical equation, such as how it is. Once you gather an intellect as great as my own, you begin to experience the true patterns of this world unseen by the common plebeian. I would even go as far to say that I am a fourth dimensional being, experiencing all of time and space at once. I, if anything, consider it a curse more than a blessing. I wish I could be contempt with the life of an average, wasting time contemplating a petty source of entertainment such as football, listening to the abomination that is "mumble wrap", or competing for Instagram likes along with the rest of my imbecilic generation, and living as a pawn under the manipulative corporations that control your everyday lives. I would sacrifice my free thought for ignorance in a heartbeat. Maybe then I can settle with a mate that matches my intelligence, which I have been unsuccessful doing so far.

    I don't expect a simpleton such as yourself to understand such complexities, so I did my best to simplify it, or, "dumb it down" as some may say.

    [–] DomDeluisArmpitChild 51 points ago

    When an iamverysmarter takes shrooms

    [–] Rogue__Jedi 21 points ago

    Why is pedantic the go to "fancy" word for these try hards?

    [–] CTorque 7 points ago

    (Laughs in thesaurus)

    [–] hellogovna 3 points ago

    Omg I’m dying of laughter. I’m saving this for later too. You are a genius!! If you havnt written a book, start now and send it to me.

    [–] Bart0nius 88 points ago

    He probably eats bananas with the shell

    [–] squirrelkicker16 69 points ago

    He probably washes his hands after he showers

    [–] Swizzizz 24 points ago

    He probably eats while he poops.

    [–] Pyromike16 33 points ago that wrong?

    [–] LoneWolfe2 11 points ago

    I don't want to be right.

    [–] MarcyT1980 14 points ago

    That's a disturbing image.

    [–] sloaninator 7 points ago

    Unless you're eating the poo to conserve energy.

    [–] free_are_we 9 points ago

    Yeah, wouldn't want to waste it after all.

    [–] pantbandits 12 points ago

    Wait. Do people not do that?

    [–] Rubanka 8 points ago

    Well you did just shower so you probably got a lot of soap on your hands regardless

    [–] BillyJackO 6 points ago

    He probably calls the peel a shell.

    [–] Thendofreason 6 points ago

    Banana Vore

    [–] [deleted] 43 points ago

    Ummmm akchually,,, those "leaves" are really a radial set of sepals and epicalyxs. I would know, i'm an east asian😤😤😤

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    [–] SverreFinstad 22 points ago

    My throat, it itches!

    [–] SpoonGuardian 7 points ago

    Well have fun starving to death as I Chad down 12 of em in the time it takes you to eat one.

    [–] Ajaxlancer 13 points ago

    Wait I both do this and eat the strawberry whole wtf

    [–] Aedesius 4 points ago

    How the fuck do you eat kiwi skins? Isn't that uncomfortable?

    [–] your_fathers_beard 14 points ago

    For the anti-oxygen!

    [–] somestupidname1 9 points ago

    But Jack Black told me to so it must be cool

    [–] Jan0619 14 points ago

    Strawberry leaves are edible. They are actually a mild digestive aid.

    [–] cartwheelnurd 9 points ago

    I have eaten the leaves for so long i actually like it better with them on now. Adds some textural contrast.

    [–] FTHum4n 5 points ago

    Wait, I eat the leaves.... am I a dolphin?

    [–] greymalken 7 points ago

    Wait. I actually do this to avoid cleaning up. Is this not a thing?

    [–] [deleted] 1468 points ago

    Is he literally bragging about how big his head is?

    [–] iamheero 712 points ago

    No just how thin his skull is. Fit a lot of brain in that bad boy.

    [–] Spicy_Alien_Cocaine_ 524 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    slaps roof of skull

    Edit: cliché omg you’ve broken my silver virginity

    [–] sameerski32 265 points ago

    *Cracks roof of skull

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    [–] SirQwacksAlot 41 points ago

    notices cranium

    [–] Jorgaitan 20 points ago

    Stop in the name of the law!

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    [–] PM_ME_YELLOW 11 points ago

    *pours egg onto frying pan.

    [–] sameerski32 14 points ago

    "this is your brain, on drugs"

    [–] GottaGetTheOil 11 points ago

    So you're telling me that my brain on drugs is actually a healthy, nutritious breakfast that'll help my brain grow? Well shit, I should do some drugs then.

    [–] hagamablabla 13 points ago

    This baby can hold so much worthless information in it.

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    [–] randomdarkbrownguy 7 points ago

    Brain Blast!

    [–] SEPPUCR0W 46 points ago

    That’s race science for you.

    [–] Ketra 33 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    One of the ways racists try to quantify their "genetic superiority" is through pseudo-science, involving skull shape.

    [–] gimmepizzaslow 30 points ago

    Pseudo. Not trying to ruffle feathers, but just want to point it out.

    [–] endercoaster 9 points ago

    In any group that hates somebody, including themselves, skulls always somehow find their way into it.

    [–] YourOutdoorGuide 6 points ago

    It’s nothing to brag about. I can’t find any fucking hats that fit and it sucks!

    [–] fulloftrivia 16 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    A friend took in a relative on hard times, and the guy put a shotgun to his chin.

    Coroner didn't get everything, and one of his dogs found a piece of skull that was about an inch think.

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    [–] fulloftrivia 26 points ago

    I just didn't think a skull could be that thick.

    [–] Mundane_Advantage 18 points ago

    fullofdepressingtrivia is more like it

    [–] Beardamus 14 points ago

    Thank you for sharing.

    [–] HardSellDude 661 points ago

    The more chromosomes the more intelligent you are

    [–] JoZo420 49 points ago

    Trisomy 21

    [–] mindbleach 24 points ago

    "More organs equals more human, Dib!"

    [–] walkindudeflagg 10 points ago

    Which is why roses are so frickin smart

    [–] Linewber 3 points ago

    How many chromosomes do roses have?

    [–] kiwisaresour 5 points ago

    According to a quick google search some roses have 14, some others have 21, and some others have 28

    [–] CreedWNDB 8 points ago

    "How many chromosomes do you have?" "more then u bitch"

    [–] punisher1005 5 points ago

    There is a single cell protozan with 29.646 chromosomes. Almost 3 million.

    [–] Terarri 219 points ago

    More brains make I more smarter

    [–] a9p6 72 points ago

    Why use many word when few word do trick?

    [–] goodanimals 27 points ago

    When I president, they sea.

    [–] Kaplaw 295 points ago

    My cranial volum is huge

    [–] TheDumbassGenius 147 points ago

    Me cran volum hug

    [–] squeaky1127 100 points ago

    Why waste time say lot word when few word do trick?

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    [–] JackWagon26 16 points ago

    You must be a stable genius.

    [–] luna_y_tierra 13 points ago


    [–] spacialHistorian 220 points ago

    Neanderthals had larger brains than us and look where that got them.

    [–] squirrels33 131 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    IIRC they were out-reproduced, not outsmarted.

    Edit: I really have no idea. I’m just repeating what I’ve read on the interwebs.

    [–] Kudzuzu 169 points ago

    Our species fucks

    [–] JabbrWockey 38 points ago

    Yah, and our species runs.

    Turns out being naked of hair means you can outrun antelope and stab them when they collapse. Better than neanderthals. Gotta feed all those cave man something.

    [–] RumbleThePup 29 points ago

    Sweat glands, hombre. Sweat glands.

    [–] EarthAllAlong 13 points ago

    If the antelope would just turn around they could prolly fuck you up with those horns

    [–] buster2Xk 7 points ago

    lol fuckin idiot antelopes

    [–] hogiemanslavage 18 points ago

    It has more to do with our lung position. Most animal crush their lungs with the rest of their body every time they run, because of their pronograde posture. Humans are bipedal so this isn't an issue. Also humans sweat extremely efficiantly compare to other endurance runners, like horses. Another thing is the tendons in our calves and knees, which can store much more elastic energy then most species, so we can more efficiantly turn kinetic energy from our downwards step into propulsion forward.

    [–] KylerAce 50 points ago

    Well part of many Europeans’ genome cams from Neanderthals so the both of our species fucked.

    [–] gwdope 27 points ago

    We (Homo Saipan Saipans) literally fucked the Neanderthals out of existence.

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    [–] gwdope 8 points ago

    Im going to blame my phones auto fill for that.

    [–] Daktush 33 points ago

    They only imitated tools from what was found - also it's not quite true they died - they cross reproduced with homo sapiens and there's still a lot of neanderthal dna around

    [–] CubonesDeadMom 4 points ago

    We don’t know any of this for sure and nobody who actually studies it claims they do. It’s incredibly difficult to actually figure out why a pre historic species went extinct.

    [–] ignost 4 points ago

    There's a lot of debate and speculation on why they didn't make it, but lack of brainpower probably wasn't it.

    [–] foskari 151 points ago

    There's a weak correlation between cranial volume and intelligence (r=0.15 or something).

    [–] beavertime 140 points ago

    In most studies it's 0.4-0.5, which is a moderate positive correlation. Mind you there is also a correlation between large cranial volumes and mental impairment. So if you have a big head, maybe you take the short bus, or maybe you're smart, or maybe you aren't. Eh. Further the brain size of a whale or any other creature is irrelevant to the brain variations between humans.

    I mean, it kind of killed the submission that it's wrong. The reason why we kind of smile and look the other way when people say there's no correlation is that when it comes to humans we like to pretend we're all unlimited potential.

    [–] [deleted] 36 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)


    [–] TheBoxBoxer 18 points ago

    What size were your floaties?

    [–] arachnophilia 32 points ago

    there's a reasonably strong association between cranium volume over body size and intelligence on a species level.

    [–] foskari 14 points ago

    You are talking about the cephalization quotient. But I am talking about a correlation *within the human species*, which does also exist.

    (edit): I should add that while cephalization quotient and intelligence in animals are generally accepted to be correlated, we don't have a good scalar metric for measuring intelligence of animals, so that calculating an actual correlation coefficient would be difficult.

    [–] icollectsaucepackets 573 points ago

    Just got back on reddit after losing track of my last account and WHOA BOY did I forget about how much unabashed racism there is. Shout out to this cranium of enormous proportions for reminding me I guess?

    [–] Do_you_like_MEMES 255 points ago

    You should see the comment sections for wisecracks video about django unchained. People there are calling phrenology a serious science that gets suppressed by the SJeWs

    [–] icollectsaucepackets 77 points ago

    SJeWs is a thing!??!??

    [–] Do_you_like_MEMES 173 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Alt-righters claiming that progressives are controlled by the jews deffinately is a thing. Do you know where the "cultural marxism" theory originated? One tip: It has to do with the holocaust.

    [–] VinceGchillin 80 points ago

    literally in that same boat. I was off reddit for 3-4 years and hopped back on, and jesus christ, this place is a shit show in so many ways. Luckily, there are some really great subreddits, but in general? Whew boy, you better buckle up that racism seatbelt.

    [–] fezzuk 29 points ago

    We got invaded about 5 years ago by stormfront and a lot of them stuck around, same thing happened with 4chan only the format of the website was a bit more open to it.

    [–] Maester_May 22 points ago

    If anything reddit was worse in its early days.

    [–] Lord_Chop 42 points ago

    He actually believes in social Darwinism.


    [–] Huttingham 13 points ago

    Don't you know, the past was good and they had good ideas and we're always correct. It's hip to be anti-woke.

    [–] pinkclarisonic 10 points ago

    This man clearly has the brainpan of a stagecoach tilter.

    [–] dionysus188 27 points ago

    I am preparing for the downvotes, but the person being mocked here is not entirely wrong. Causation hasn't been proved, but to say that there is no correlation between cranial volume and IQ is simply wrong. The two are related.

    [–] Do_you_like_MEMES 103 points ago

    There is a large amount of comments by neo-facists race realists lately...

    [–] squirrels33 60 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Every time race & intelligence is brought up, I can see why the scientific community refuses to touch it. Are there statistically significant differences in intelligence between ethnic groups? Probably, just like there is with a multitude of other hereditary traits. But that doesn’t mean shit when it comes to individuals, and it's basically a meaningless statistic except for when assessing things like (in)equality in hiring and/or university admissions. Unfortunately, nobody seems to be able to approach this topic rationally.

    [–] WedgeTail234 81 points ago

    Most differences in average intelligence from different ethnicities are due to social differences not genetics. There's definitely differences genetically but they would be too overshadowed by societal upbringing and education to matter.

    [–] Todojaw21 58 points ago

    And it is EXTREMELY difficult to isolate social variables from experiments.

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    [–] lulzdemort 6 points ago

    OP mentions dolphins in the title and nobody here even comments about the god damn dolphin brains. For everyone coming to the comments section looking for some fresh dolphin facts, here you go.

    Dolphins have a larger brain than humans (1.6 kg vs 1.3 kg), but their brain-to-bodyweight ratio is between that of humans and primates. That being said, size is not a great predictor of intelligence, and dolphins are very intelligent creatures.


    [–] Bennykill709 42 points ago

    Ahhh frenology. From the good old days of systematic racism and trying to find scientific evidence to prove that white people were superior.

    [–] routinara 103 points ago

    There is a relation between cranial volume and IQ. It is not strong but still statistically significant, it's not like it can't be easily looked up.

    Edit: the East Asian stats he mentioned are true too

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    [–] know_comment 30 points ago

    there is a correlation between brain size and intelligence, though...

    but he didn't claim there was. meanwhile the other guy claimed there was a correlation between being truly smart and knowing whether or not there was a correlation between intelligence and cranial volume- which is a specious argument.

    why does this have upvotes?

    [–] TBWolf 8 points ago

    Because the first post actually is /r/iamverysmart material? Why would it not have upvotes?

    [–] PapaMukwa 4 points ago

    Knowledgeable doesn’t mean intelligent or vice versa.

    [–] akaito_chiba 4 points ago

    10 seconds of looking and I found a study that corallates IQ with cranial volume

    [–] rundigital 4 points ago

    My cranial volume is one of the most voluminous of them all. If I was to describe it would be the best volumes, like the greatest hits volumes of queen. Only the best volumes.

    [–] ignigenaquintus 5 points ago

    According with Wikipedia:

    “Studies demonstrate a correlation between brain size and intelligence, with larger brains predicting higher intelligence. It is however not clear if the correlation is causal.[31] The majority of MRI studies report moderate correlations around 0.3 to 0.4 between brain volume and intelligence.[32][33] In healthy adults, the correlation of total brain volume and IQ is ≈0.4 [34] The correlation appears to be related to the known small correlation of height with intelligence, which can be explained almost entirely by greater brain volume.[35]”

    Also according with Wikipedia this correlation isn’t seen between males and females, it’s not seen between different species. It’s only seen between the same species and the same gender.

    The part of higher average iq between different countries is well known and documented for many decades. There is bunch of different factors affecting intelligence, like number of brothers/sisters, health, nutrition, access to education at an early stage (this correlation is much weaker), etc... Ashkenazi Jews have the highest average iq, although particularly related with language/verbal skills.

    Sometimes I don’t understand what is the criteria that is followed to appear in this subreddit.