Intelligence: All That Matters
There is a strange disconnect between the scientific consensus and the public mind on intelligence testing. Just mention IQ testing in polite company, and you'll sternly be informed that IQ tests don't measure anything "real", and only reflect how good you are at doing IQ tests; that they ignore important traits like "emotional intelligence" and "multiple intelligences";...more
In this other universe, most things are just as they are in ours. Humans themselves are no different. But the other universe differs from ours in one respect -- the way that its scientists conceive of physical fitness.
In our universe, we know -- in a casual, non-scientific (if not unscientific) way -- that there is such a thing as physical fitness. Some people are more fit than others. We recognize different levels of fitness, and refer to ...more
Con: Not always interesting to read it besides of the knowledge in it. No personal stories about the author, no funny anecdotes or wordplays ...more
Full review here: http://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/?p=6122
Ritchie understandably skips over the toxic and scandal-prone area of intelligence differences between groups.
I'm not a cognitive psychology scholar, but Ritchie seems to make another important omission for an introductory book. Namely, when discussing the effects of education, he fails to address the issue of ...more
For anyone interested in the importance of IQ-- this is the best place to start. For anyone looking for more in-depth or obscure information on IQ, look elsewhere. This is an introduction, not a deep dive. He ...more
In the 1960s, the Norwegian government (p 92) decided to add two extra years to the mandatory curriculum for all pupils.Two additional pieces of good luck allowed researches, who came on the scene much later, to turn this into a test of the effects of schooling on IQ.
First, the reform was implemented across the different parts of Norway in a staggered way – it happened in some areas ...more
So, first, about that subtitle: at no point does the book ...more
(I wonder: Is the g theory of intelligence the most mature, replicated theory in psychology? 100 years old and ever-replicating; language- and culture-blind by now; predictive of the highest human states and traits... What theories can compete? Operant conditioning, I guess. Libet on readiness potentials. But neither touch all of human life in the way IQ ...more
Some subjects were kind of glossed over near the end, but that might just have been to keep the book within a certain scope as an ...more