December 16

Going Mental

Sunday’s Big Idea

Today's Big Idea: Intelligence Quotient

IQ scores are derived from several standardized tests and used as predictors of future success in school, job performance and income. It is therefore critical that these tests give us an accurate measurement of general intelligence.

In today's lesson, Satoshi Kanasawa argues that an IQ score is just that: a pure measure of intelligence. It measures someone’s ability to think and reason in various contexts and situations, such as numerical manipulations like arithmetic, verbal comprehension like reading, and mental visualization like spatiovisual rotation. Believe it or not, all these cognitive abilities have something in common, and that something is general intelligence. So intelligence is precisely and exactly what IQ tests measure. Intelligence is what allows us to perform on all kinds of cognitive tests.

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  3. 3 The Importance of EQ over IQ
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  1. Common Misconceptions About Intelligence II: Nobody Knows What Intelligence Is, Because Intelligence and IQ Are Not the Same Thing

    Common Misconceptions About Intelligence II:  Nobody Knows What Intelligence Is, Because Intelligence and IQ Are Not the Same Thing

    Contrary to this view, intelligence researchers unanimously agree that intelligence is exactlywhat IQ tests measure, in the same way that your weight is exactly what your bathroom scale measures. 

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  2. Daniel Goleman Reframes the Intelligence Debate

    Daniel Goleman Reframes the Intelligence Debate

    The author creates the right balance between emotions and intelligence.

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  3. The Importance of EQ over IQ

    The Importance of EQ over IQ

    The face of hiring is changing in light of the economic crisis. Harvard management professor Bill George weighs in on how a company should approach measuring emotional intelligence.

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  4. Intelligence Tests Aren’t Dumb, We Are

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    There’s nothing wrong with intelligence tests, says David Shenk. It’s our misinterpretations of their results that foster a dangerous “myth of IQ.”

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