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`In this remarkably economical, clear and informed book, Mike Howe... sets about unravelling the formidable semantic, logical and empirical knots into which IQ testers and their supporters have tied themselves.... Howe suggests that we have, for decades, been asking the wrong kinds of questions. He points to the number of alternative, theoretically richer, views of human intelligence that don't reduce all to a single dimension... this is rendered with an easy, readable style which assumes no previous technical knowledge' - British Journal of Educational Psychology In this provocative and accessible book, Michael Howe exposes serious flaws in our most widely accepted beliefs about intelligence. He shows that cr
Chapter 1: Introduction
Being intelligent matters; it makes a big difference to human lives. Sharp men and women thrive. Problems are solved by astute thinkers. Questions get answered by those who are clever. Smart people succeed at challenges at which duller individuals fail. Astute planners move ahead.
It is hardly surprising that psychologists take intelligence seriously, and have looked for ways to assess the degree to which different people possess it. In the past hundred years huge energies have gone into the development and application of intelligence tests. The increasing influence of the testing movement, and the acceptance of the IQ measure of intelligence (standing for ‘Intelligence Quotient’) as a familiar element of our mental landscape, have been seen as major successes of twentieth-century psychology. The very fact ...