Monday’s Mtg: What Is Intelligence?

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.

I’ll see you all Monday night

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. 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?
  2. How do they measure intelligence? How accurate are the tests? What are they really measuring?
  3. 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)?
  4. How does intelligence change as we age?

SUGGESTED BACKGROUND READING –

Next Week: Bill Clinton: How good a president was he?

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2 responses

  1. Who was the Supreme Court Justice who said it? To paraphrase–
    I can’t define intelligence. But I know it when I see it.

    1. I think it was Blackmun, speaking of pornography. Or, maybe Brennan.

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