Sunday, October 13, 2013

On Being Less Numerically Stupid

Because I'm going to be off watching football here fairly soon, I'm making it TED talk day. Today I bring you James Flynn, a New Zealand researcher speaking on the escalation of IQ scores over time. As in, if you went through the years and gave each generation the same IQ test, more recent generations would score higher, something called the Flynn effect, after him. The talk, given in February in Long Beach, CA, centers on what this might mean: are we in fact getting smarter, or are we merely getting better at taking IQ tests.

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