Intelligence: All That Matters by Stuart Ritchie

IQ and intelligence, as a topic of study in themselves, no longer interest me very much because they are largely a foregone conclusion for me. Long ago I was convinced of the very realness and importance of IQ and of the fact that it is largely a genetically-mediated trait. What interests me these days is applying the knowledge gleaned from this field to other areas of inquiry that interest me.

I made an exception for the very short book Intelligence: All That Matters by the young researcher Stuart Ritchie, hoping that it would b an authoritative summary of the field that I can refer other people to in my work, those who inevitably come along in all discussions of intelligence to enlighten us about how it is all in our heads. And the book serves this function reasonably well, hopefully it will help enlighten our enlighteners that there may be more to humans than they assume.

Despite mentioning the emptiness of the IQ-increasing promises of Mozard CDs and brain training games, he is still what may be described as a little overly optimistic about the prospects of improving people’s intelligence, though perhaps he has to be considering the commonly held views of many of the people who are going to be reading his book.

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