With 2020 coming to a close, I am proud to announce the year’s 10 most popular posts from my blog. In descending order of page views, they are:
- The one variable that makes growth mindset interventions work
- The $67.5 million wasted on stereotype threat research
- Thoughts on low national IQs, intellectual disability, and data quality
- 35 myths about human intelligence
- Forty years squandered by IQ environmentalists
- Initial thoughts on Charles Murray’s Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Class, and Race
- Teachers say the darndest things (about intelligence)
- Mindset theory in jeopardy after 2 new studies
- 35 mitos sobre la inteligencia humana
- So long, farewell to the National Association for Gifted Children
Unsurprisingly, given my scholarly interests and expertise, posts about IQ and intelligence dominate. Yet, growth mindset and stereotype threat were the topics of the two most popular posts, and mindset theory was also the topic of the 8th most popular post.
The list is basically what I expected, though. These posts discuss topics that draw attention from scientists and laymen alike (unlike, say, the replication crisis in psychology), and most of these posts are non-technical. The only surprise on the list for me is my announcement when I allowed my membership in the National Association for Gifted Children to lapse. I thought that was “inside ball,” but it drew a lot more eyeballs (and support) than I expected.
I also want to mention some important posts (listed in chronological order of publication) that did not make the list:
- Does the Ivy League’s prestige encourage bad ideas to flourish?
- Lewontin’s bait-and-switch: A strategy to undermine genetic explanations of behavior
- Intelligence research: An example of Thomas Kuhn’s “normal science”
- Ancient DNA: A window into human nature and change
- Leta Hollingworth was a eugenicist, too
- How open science creates new knowledge
- The most important graph in educational psychology
- Successful task training does not invalidate intelligence tests
- Quack Multiculturalism as an unscientific ideology
These posts might not be as sexy as the ones on the first list, but they cover topics that are important to my scholarly field and have wide implications. These posts deserve some love, and I hope that some of the titles intrigue you enough to read them.
Finally, I want to remind readers of my article about censorship at a scholarly journal that I wrote for the Games G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. Censorship in academia is real, and it is important for people to be aware of the problem and how it distorts the scholarly record.