What Is Intelligence?: Beyond the Flynn Effect

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 27, 2007 - Psychology
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The 'Flynn effect' refers to the massive increase in IQ test scores over the course of the twentieth century. Does it mean that each generation is more intelligent than the last? Does it suggest how each of us can enhance our own intelligence? Professor Flynn is finally ready to give his own views. He asks what intelligence really is and gives a surprising and illuminating answer. This expanded paperback edition includes three important new essays. The first contrasts the art of writing cognitive history with the science of measuring intelligence and reports data. The second outlines how we might get a complete theory of intelligence, and the third details Flynn's reservations about Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences. A fascinating book that bridges the gulf separating our minds from those of our ancestors a century ago, and makes an important contribution to our understanding of human intelligence.
 

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Wonderful book. With lucid language, author nicely presented the most controversial topic IQ and societal change.

Contents

A bombshell in a letter box
1
Beyond the Flynn effect
4
Towards a new theory of intelligence
48
Testing the DickensFlynn model
83
Why did it take so long?
100
IQ gains can kill
111
What if the gains are over?
143
Knowing our ancestors
170
Tables
179
Declaration in a capital case
189
References
196
Subject Index
210
Name Index
214
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James R. Flynn is Professor Emeritus at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and a recipient of the University's Gold Medal for Distinguished Career Research. In 2007, the International Society for Intelligence Research named him its Distinguished Contributor of the Year. He has been Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford, Distinguished Visiting Speaker at Cornell, delivered the Stafford Little Lecture at Princeton, and been profiled in Scientific American. Professor Flynn has recently published his current views on race and IQ in Where Have All the Liberals Gone? Race, Class, and Ideals in America (Cambridge, 2008).

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