Hive Mind

How Your Nation’s IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own

by Garett Jones

Number of pages: 224

Publisher: Stanford Economics and Finance

BBB Library: Psychology and Strengths

ISBN: 978-0804785969

About the Author

He is Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University. His research and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Forbes.


Editorial Review

Animal researchers, computer scientists, and occasionally social scientists sometimes use the metaphor of “collective intelligence” or a “hive mind” to explain group actions. Indeed, human society in every nation today is a form of collective intelligence, in which the accumulated knowledge of the past makes its members richer today, and in which the many small, daily cognitive contributions of millions of their neighbors – in offices, in factories, in the halls of government, and elsewhere – help to make their lives better. Those millions of small cognitive contributions are what create each nation’s collective intelligence, each nation’s hive mind. The key question is whether a nation’s average IQ scores are an important driver of the hive mind.

Book Reviews

"Garett Jones’ book Hive Mind is classic pop science writing: an intriguing hypothesis, a long parade of interesting studies presented as catchy anecdotes, and not too many follow-up questions." – State Star Codex

"Garett Jones argues in Hive Mind, modest differences in national IQ can explain most cross-country inequalities. Whereas IQ scores do a moderately good job of predicting individual wages, information processing power, and brain size, a country’s average score is a much stronger bellwether of its overall prosperity.” – The UNZ Review

"Whereas individuals' IQs are less strongly related to their performance, the relationship between national averages of IQ and performance indicators such as gross domestic product is robust. But, the beneficial indicators are not limited to economic statistics; they include better public health, higher levels of education and skills, patience, prudence and a willingness to save for the futureJones concludes his book with the challenge to discover underlying factors that enhance a wide range of cognitive skills. RECOMMENDED." – E.L. Whalen, CHOICE

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