In this post, I’ll be discussing the role of demographics and linguistics in the cognitive and intellectual development of an individual. I must warn you I haven’t really done any actual research in the area so all I’ll be doing is giving anecdotal evidence to support my argument. If this is not your kind of science, I advice you not read further.
Based on what I’ve read off the internet and actual conversations with people from varied backgrounds than mine, I find that people from certain geographical, economic, social and cultural backgrounds have in average a higher IQ. I highly doubt the consistency of this finding because we have mutations everywhere, there are prodigies from South Africa and really dumb people from North America making it hard to put out a solid generalization. However, given that the vast majority of people confirm to their physical and social surroundings quite flawlessly (because that’s how humans were meant to be), we could exploit this anthropological feature to make a vague generalization that might not apply to everyone that fall within a certain demography, but to the vast majority instead.
Now how do people from certain geographical/social backgrounds manage to pull off a higher IQ? I think it has to do with the way their brains develop from a very young age – say the food they eat, the quality of people they interact with, the quality of their surroundings, their physical possessions etc. A kid brought up in a third world country by average, would have a lower IQ than his first world counterpart. Why? Because this kid was possibly fed food with an inferior quality, hindering proper brain development in those tender years and the people he interacted with were also probably not intellectually competent enough (because they were in-turn brought up in a third world country) to stimulate the kid’s thinking and cognitive development. I believe these socio-economic and geographical factors contribute primly to the intellectual development of an individual.
Now for the linguistics and cultural influence. I’m pairing these factors together because they seem more apt to be discussed together. I’m basing this on my personal experiences – like the conversations and encounters I’ve had with people. Linguistics plays a role I believe, not to a large extent as the factors we discussed previously but somewhat to be considered. I find some languages to be more efficient and complete. They have more synonyms, more scientific literature written in them, and more words in general. Some languages also allow for better parallelism in sentences, allowing the speaker to convey a large amount of information effortlessly in a smaller period of time. These complex sentences also engages the mind of the reader to keep track of multiple ideas and words in a sentence simultaneously, allowing the brain to form new connections to process information effectively hence making them intelligent.
UPDATE (241951z): It struck me that I hadn’t discussed the role of culture and geography in each of the above paragraphs in much detail and hence will do it here. There are certain cultures that forbid people from doing some things and/or acts and this may in my opinion, negatively affect intellectual development. Also, with geography comes infrastructure. Someone in a third world country had to navigate poorly planned cities and road infrastructure. This might not stimulate a person intellectually.