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Historical Variability In Heritable General Intelligence : its evolutionary origins and socio-cultural consequences

Author: Michael A Woodley; Aurelio José Figueredo
Publisher: Buckingham : University of Buckingham Press, 2013.
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It is easy for us to believe that as a society we are getting smarter, at least as measured by IQ tests. This supposed improvement, the Flynn Effect, suggests that each generation is brighter than the last. If this improvement in intelligence is real we should all be much, much brighter than the Victorians. However, the researchers of this ground-breaking study find the reverse to be true- the Victorians were  Read more...
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Woodley, Michael A.
Historical Variability In Heritable General Intelligence: Its Evolutionary Origins and Socio-Cultural Consequences.
Chicago : Legend Times Group, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael A Woodley; Aurelio José Figueredo
ISBN: 1789551366 9781789551365
OCLC Number: 1111977696
Description: 1 online resource (83 pages)
Responsibility: Michael A. Woodley and Aurelio José Figueredo.

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It is easy for us to believe that as a society we are getting smarter, at least as measured by IQ tests. This supposed improvement, the Flynn Effect, suggests that each generation is brighter than the last. If this improvement in intelligence is real we should all be much, much brighter than the Victorians. However, the researchers of this ground-breaking study find the reverse to be true- the Victorians were cleverer than us! IQ tests may be effective at picking out the brightest, but they are not reliable benchmarks of performance over more than a century. Historical Variance records the exploration of the Flyyn effect hypothesis, which included the use of high-quality instruments to measure simple reaction times (a recognised predictor of intelligence) in a meta-analytic study. The conclusions are very sobering: far from speeding up, we are slowing down. A decline in general intelligence (a loss equivalent to about 14 IQ points) since Victorian times may have resulted from the presence of dysgenic fertility. These findings, as detailed in Historical Variance, strongly indicate that the Victorians were substantially cleverer than we are today ...

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