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2009

Intelligence and James Flynn

 

What Is Intelligence? author and “Flynn-Effect” namesake James Flynn figured in a New York Times article about the possibility of training certain kinds of intelligence. Meaning, learning what is supposed to be inherent! Flynn maintains that a lot of what IQ tests examine are traits that have significant environmental influences. Hence, the fact that, generation upon generation, IQ scores rise and rise, indicates that the IQ test that we use tests traits that are increasingly brought to the fore.

Luckily for us, we’re re-issuing What Is Intelligence? updated with Flynn’s latest research. A lot can change in the two years since Malcolm Gladwell examined Flynn’s findings in The New Yorker.

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