Stupid? No. Unfamiliar? Yes. The meaning of low mean IQs in developing nations

Illiterate people’s thinking probably remains grounded in their everyday experience. When these people take a test that solely measures abstract thinking, they perform poorly. This does not make them stupid. Instead, it shows the disconnect between their natural mode of thought and the unfamiliar test content.

Compilation of tributes to James Flynn

James Flynn, a moral philosopher who made major scientific contributions to intelligence research, passed away on Friday, December 11, 2020. His passing sparked many tributes to him, some of which I have compiled here. Full-length Tributes James Thompson (emeritus at University College London) was the first to write a public tribute. You can read it

Comparing the 1975 and 1996 APA statements on intelligence

One of the most highly cited articles in intelligence research is a 1996 report commissioned by the American Psychological Association’s Board of Scientific Affairs to provide an authoritative statement on the science of intelligence (Neisser et al., 1996). What many people do not know, though, is that this was not the first time APA’s Board

Forty years squandered by IQ environmentalists

Update: This post has been translated into French. Cet article a été traduit en français. The latest book that I have finished reading is James Flynn’s (1980) Race, IQ and Jensen. This is the earliest work by Flynn that I have ever read, and I can see in it seeds of his later thought. The

Start teaching about intelligence!

Last week, I had a new article published by the American Psychological Association in Teaching of Psychology (Burton & Warne, in press). The article has two parts: an analysis of course catalogs, and an outline for a university-level intelligence course. Course Catalog Analysis My then-student, Jared Z. Burton, identified 303 of the top universities in