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The simple truth? We're only half-smart...

The Census Bureau counted 308 million people living in America in 2010. Their headcounters likely missed a couple of million heads, and several million residents deliberately ducked the census altogether because, for reasons of their own, they prefer not to be counted. Add an ever-growing population to that number and the true total sits somewhere around 320 million souls by now. Half of those people, more than 160 million of us, are below average in intelligence. In proper terms, they’re below the median when it comes to intelligence, but most folks don’t know the difference between a median and an average. But it's a simple and undeniable truth that half the people in America are smarter than the other half. Here's another: as individuals, most of us are smart enough to get by, but the larger a crowd becomes, the dumber it behaves. When humans gather in groups, a tipping point is soon reached and the group begins to grow stupid. It’s most obvious in the stadiums of professio…