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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 5: Is High IQ a Necessity?
Is High IQ a Necessity?
Is it essential to have a high IQ in order to do well at mental tasks and solve difficult problems? If the answer to the question is sometimes ‘No’, that would suggest that the qualities assessed in an IQ test may not play so vital a role in a person's intellectual capacities as is usually assumed. It would also make another dent in the belief that the IQ scores tap crucial inherent qualities underlying an individual's mental capabilities.
People with high IQs do tend to do well at a variety of tasks demanding mental competence. But it does not necessarily follow that they do well because of their high IQs. Even if IQ tests simply sample a ...