Did Discrimination Enhance Intelligence of Jews? FuturePundit: On The Evolution Of Ashkenazi Jewish Intelligence Jewish intelligence, Jewish genes, and Jewish values. - By William Saletan - Slate Magazine Always one to challenge the PCness of this world, I found this interesting article and research. Why can't we talk about intelligence as having a genetic component? If we can talk about a race, the Ashkenazi Jew, as having elevated intelligence, why can't we talk about races that are possibly not as intelligent? You may not want to talk about it, it might be abhorrent and repellant but that does not make it wrong. To deny that there are physical differences between races, when clearly they are visible to the naked eye is just completely intellectually dishonest. Here we have evidence of a genetic change in less than 15 hundred years in the level of intelligence of one race of people. To think that populations that have lived apart from each other for 70000 years have not had genetic drift in several physical components is ludicrous.