Whether we’re awed by a magic act, frightened by a ghost story, or impressed by a mind-reader, there’s nothing unusual about believing in unusual things. For centuries, mesmerists, mediums, and psychics have fueled a fascination with the paranormal and inspired belief in things that seem impossible. Extraordinary Beliefs: A Historical Approach to a Psychological Problem probes a question as perplexing as the incidents themselves: why do people believe in extraordinary phenomena? Go Into the Intro to find out.
If the significance of the “Flynn Effect” is appreciated, we will stop looking at IQ trends as exotic numbers and see them as signs of social problems, changing social relationships, and what aging does to our minds.
James R. Flynn’s chapter on Youth and Age in Are We Getting Smarter? not only addresses the generational differences in speech between parents and teens, but also tackles the differences in analytical thinking between the elderly and their grandchildren. Marie C. reflects on how this difference has shaped her relationship with her own grandmother.
In Are We Getting Smarter?, James R. Flynn argues that teenagers are increasingly distanced from parents, which in turn contributes to the demise of their verbal skills. Marie C., our library marketing extraordinaire, offers a rebuttal.
We sat down recently with James R. Flynn to chat about his groundbreaking research on IQ, and what’s next for the Flynn Effect.