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Jensen and Flynn

Elisabeth26 Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 11:28 AM
To determine intelligence, begin at the lowest end of the scale -- the AAIDD definition of what used to be called "mental retardation." The bedrock of this assessment is culturally appropriate activities of daily living, not how well does Johnny read, write and do simple thumbs (although that enters into it). I dare say that there are cultural enclaves in this country that are not far removed from the neanderthals in social skills, and equally deficient in formal education.

Anyone who has followed the decades-long controversies over the role of genes in IQ scores will recognize the names of the two leading advocates of opposite conclusions on that subject-- Professor Arthur R. Jensen of the University of California at Berkeley and Professor James R. Flynn, an American expatriate at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

What is so unusual in the academic world of today is that Professor Flynn's latest book, "Are We Getting Smarter?" is dedicated to Arthur Jensen, whose integrity he praises, even as he opposes his conclusions. That is what scholarship and science are...

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