Strangers Rank Their Intelligence | IQ vs First Impressions

21st Demon Lord

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It goes as one would expect


And yes, I know "IQ tests only test one thing, how good people are at IQ tests", still interesting though.
 
I wonder how it would go in other countries. In Germany they would probably place all engineers at the top. Managers 2nd and everyone who doesnt speak fluent german at the bottom.
 

21st Demon Lord

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People in most countries would not participate in something like this(At least not openly). I mean, think about it, they were asked to basically brag about how smart they are and to put other people down at the same time.
 

21st Demon Lord

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Why do you think that?
Different culture. Bragging and self promotion are heavily encouraged in the US, as well as viciously lashing out on anyone seen as competition, meanwhile looked down on in most other countries.
Ask an American how he is doing and he is gonna say "Great, absolutely fantastic!"
Ask a Brit how he is doing and he is gonna say "Could be worse."
Ask a German how he is doing and he is gonna start complaining about his government.
 

*SD*

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Ask an American how he is doing and he is gonna say "Great, absolutely fantastic!"
Ask a Brit how he is doing and he is gonna say "Could be worse."
Ask a German how he is doing and he is gonna start complaining about his government.

I realise this is probably a bit tongue in cheek, so I'm not going to take you completely literally, but in my experience (small sample size, granted) this is way over generalised. I ama Brit, and as a Brit most people don't answer like that. I also speak to Americans and Germans daily and they don't answer like that either. Especially the German one.

No biggie, just seems like a whoppingly broad brush you're painting with there.
 

21st Demon Lord

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Yeah, its satire, following the proud tradition of depicting the average Englishman in a black suit carrying an umbrella everywhere.
Watching too much Yes Minister, Spitting Image and satirists like Heydon Prowse and, of course, Jimmy Carr. Well, at least Carr did destroy the image of the polite Brit for me.
James Acasta is also great.
 

*SD*

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True true ... and since I just started going over it again, I am starting to suspect, that the makers were prophets.

Not to derail your thread, but I'm pretty convinced they had some access to inside knowledge. Thatcher actually said it was her favourite TV show.
 

21st Demon Lord

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No worries, wasnt trying to start a discussion, just wanted to share and have a laugh at the utterly overconfident and arrogant girl in the vid.
Sides, its an interesting tidbit of information.

Was talking about something like this rather, as far as "prophecy" is concerned.
 
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I realise this is probably a bit tongue in cheek, so I'm not going to take you completely literally, but in my experience (small sample size, granted) this is way over generalised. I ama Brit, and as a Brit most people don't answer like that. I also speak to Americans and Germans daily and they don't answer like that either. Especially the German one.
Especially not In Germany. Yes. To ask someone "How are you doing?" is a bit more personal here than it is in the US. It is certainly not a question expected to be answered with a view on ones politics. It took me quite a while to understand that when my co-workers or my boss would ask me that, that it actually meant that they care to know how I am doing.
Germans have a knack for being the biggest assholes and the most caring, sincere people I have meet in my life. They love to put people down for whatever reason they can think of, right to your face. There are people at my job who have made fun of me, for a slight speech impediment I have, ever since I was a low level employee. These same people have also done the most extraordinary favors for me, that no one in the US would even imagine, at an obvious risk to their own well being and asked nothing in return.
 
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