Fish doesn’t think because fish knows everything.
The literature is abundant with some unconclusive results related to the effects of omega 3 fatty acids on memory, intelligence and cognition in general. As if they were not enough, I wanted to add another data point to the already confusing situation.
First let’s compare a few countries based on their fish (thus Omega 3 fatty acids) consumption (data taken from Fishery Statistical Collections – Consumption of Fish and Fishery Products: FAOSTAT – Consumption tool):
Now let’s visit The Global Information Technology Report 2008-2009 by World Economic Forum and look at some high technology export statistics (data taken from http://www.insead.edu/v1/gitr/wef/main/analysis/barchartcomparison.cfm):
The data show two things:
- Denmark, Sweden and USA share top positions in the Global Information Technology Report while Turkey scores very low.
- The countries who are found to be very competitive in terms of global technology development also consume more Omega 3 fatty acids.
Yes, yes I know nature, brain, correlation, causation, etc. are really complex matters but still… 😉
PS: This blog entry was inspired by the following cognitive science blog entry: The Human Mind – Get Smarter