Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 8 years ago

Have Scottish people been known to be very intelligent compared to others in britain and Europe?


i know the Germans are thought to be intellgent..but what about the Scottish? how compared to the English and why?

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  • aida
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    Actually, Jos, the King of Scotland became King of England on the death of Queen Elizabeth I, in 1603.

    Years ago, I remember seeing a map of Europe with two intersecting straight lines drawn through it--one running north and south down the west side of the continent and the other running east-west near the Mediterranean coast. It was drawn to illustrate the theory of the author of the accompanying article that the farther one went from the intersection in either direction--north or east--the more intelligent the people became.

    As for the Scots-English comparison, it's somewhat blurred by the fact that, since they all speak English, many Scottish thinkers (and Irish as well) tend to be thought of as English. For instance, almost every "English" playwright from the Restoration up until near the present has actually been Irish. In the sciences, Scotland produced Lord Kelvin and James Clerk-Maxwell. The economist Adam Smith and the philosopher David Hume were both Scottish. The historical novel was invented by Sir Walter Scott, who was just what his name suggests.

    On the other hand, we have to face the fact that both Shakespeare and Newton were English.

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  • 8 years ago


    The Scots have been possibly the most successful people on the planet.

    Andrew Carnegie, Adam Smith, Alexander Graham Bell, James Watt, David Hume, Robert Burns...

    JosF makes a good point, but that's one of the reasons the Scots have been so successful. Instead of being bad neighbors and warring with the English, the Scottish had the good sense to work with English as it became a global power. (or they didn't have a choice if you want to be a dick about it.) However, poorer Scots were also pretty low on the social ladder, so they were always eager to go overseas, and those who did sometimes achieved great wealth or success as soldiers, businessmen, scientists, etc.

    The Scottish Enlightenment was a period around the time of the American Revolutionary War where Scottish intellectuals laid down ideas that are still affecting us to this day. Adam Smith, who laid out the American economic policy: capitalism and free trade, was a Scottish economist. Let me give a quote from wikipedia about the Scottish enlightenment which makes me think of why Scots have been so successful:

    "Sharing the humanist and rationalist outlook of the European Enlightenment of the same time period, the thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment asserted the fundamental importance of human reason combined with a rejection of any authority which could not be justified by reason. They held to an optimistic belief in the ability of man to effect changes for the better in society and nature, guided only by reason."

    Of course, this doesn't really apply to the whiskey drinking Scotch-Irish who settled Ulster first and then the Southern USA. Scottish people are rebellious, pragmatic, and value both education and strength. They had the first public school system in Europe, and the emphasis on education made Scotland a center for medicine and philosophy.

    Germany, especially in the 19th century was also a center of learning, and the great philosophers of the 19th and early 20th came from Germany. Marx, Nietzsche, Hegel, Freud, etc. However Germans do not have that sense of individuality and rebelliousness. I think it is a different type of intellect, not necessarily that one is smarter than another.

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  • 8 years ago

    I think u will find that the Scottish invented or discovered more things that u use/do than other other nation.

    Tv, penicillian, the tarmac on the road, the waterproofing on ur raincoat, the rubber in ur tyres, the golf & football u play....the list in endless

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    "Scotland ranks third in the world, ahead of all the G8 countries, in terms of citations per researcher", Mike Russell, Scottish education secretary (2011)

    Then you get top contributor thickos like JosF.

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  • JosF level 7 im calling you out!!!! If you man enough heres ma number unless u a little b**** (862) 203-5740

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Who is the present king or queen of Scotland?

    That king or queen's kingdom has been ruling over Scotland since?

    I rest my case.

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