Edward Dutton is one of the most fearless, iconoclastic, and “just the facts” social scientists working today. I’ve started calling him “Charles Murray on acid”. I’ve reviewed two of his books here: At Our Wits’ End and How to Judge People by What they Look Like. Today, he posted a video on his “Jolly Heretic” YouTube channel titled “Why Iran, and other Islamic Countries, Will Dominate the World”, but described on his @jollyheretic Twitter feed with the title I have used for this post.
His argument is that a variety of aspects of Islam reduce the mean intelligence of the populations of countries in which it predominates, reinforces ethnocentrism, and that the two effects are synergistic. Since ethnocentrism can allow a group endowed with it to prevail over more intelligent opponents who have no strong ethnic identity, this may allow Islamic societies to defeat the West despite the handicap of lower intelligence.
Sources listed in the YouTube post supporting these conclusions are:
Bakhiet, S., Dutton, E., Ashaer, K., Essa, Y., Blahmar, T., Hakami, S. & Madison, G. (2018). Understanding the Simber Effect: Why is the age-dependent increase in children’s cognitive ability smaller in Arab countries than in Britain? Personality and Individual Differences, 122: 38–42.
Dutton, E., Bakhiet, S., Essa, Y., Blahmar, T. & Hakami, S. (2017). A Negative Flynn Effect in Kuwait: The same effect as in Europe but with seemingly different causes. Personality and Individual Differences, 114: 69–72.
Hammond, R. & Axelrod, R. (2006). The evolution of ethnocentric behaviour. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 50: 1–11.
Rushton, J.P. (2005). Ethnic nationalism, evolutionary psychology and Genetic Similarity Theory. Nations and Nationalism, 11: 489–507.
Kuran, T. (2018). Islam and Economic Performance: Historical and Contemporary Links. Journal of Economic Literature, 56: 1292–1359.
Knipscheer, J., Vloeberghs, E., Van der Kwaak, A. & Van den Muijsenbergh, M. (2015). Mental health problems associated with female genital mutilation. BJPsych Bulletin, 39: 273–277.