What Is Intelligence?: Beyond the Flynn Effect

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-23
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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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 new 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 and unique 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.

Table of Contents

List of figures pagep. x
List of tablesp. xi
List of boxesp. xii
Preface to the expanded paperback editionp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
A bombshell in a letter boxp. 1
Beyond the Flynn effectp. 4
Towards a new theory of intelligencep. 48
Testing the Dickens/Flynn modelp. 83
Why did it take so long?p. 100
IQ gains can killp. 111
What if the gains are over?p. 143
Knowing our ancestorsp. 170
The art of writing cognitive historyp. 178
About GUT: the grand unification theory of intelligencep. 197
Howard Gardner and the use of wordsp. 203
Tablesp. 220
Declaration in a capital casep. 230
Referencesp. 237
Subject indexp. 252
Name indexp. 256
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