Bruce will moderate this meeting. I think it is a good topic for integrating science with our personal experiences. So many libraries have been filled with books on what intelligence is that I wasn’t sure where t start. So, some of the links below are via Bruce and others are ones I found. My impression is that Bruce is particularly interested in some theories of concerning intelligence that some of us might find controversial. Politics is everywhere.
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- What are the major theories of intelligence? Are there different kinds of intelligence? Or, is there just one intelligence (a G factor) and we see different aspects of it?
- How do they measure intelligence? How accurate are the tests? What are they really measuring?
- Variability: How does intelligence vary between people and across cultures? Why do IQ levels in a society tend to rise over time (the Flynn effect)?
- How does intelligence change as we age?
SUGGESTED BACKGROUND READING –
- Major theories of what intelligence is. Shorter description here. Recommended overviews.
- Latest research findings, via Bruce. Just read the italicized summary of key findings in the first few paragraphs.
- More on Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, via Bruce
- More on the “G factor” in a 20-min. video, by coiner of the term, Arthur Jensen.
- The Flynn effect: Recommended
- Does intelligence determine success in life? The Terman study.
- Bell Curve: The IQ theories of Charles Murray (Bruce likes him, links are mine)
- POST-MTG UPDATE: John M. wanted me to add these perspectives on Murray:
- How the Media gave undeserved credibility to Murray’s “racist and pseudo-scientific book.”
- John’s own investigation that aired on ABC News of shady sources behind the evidence that Murray used in his book.
- A Slate Magazine critique of The Bell Curve.
- Does intelligence peak around age 50? Me not like.
Next Week: Bill Clinton: How good a president was he?