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We’ve bought intelligence all unsuitable – and that’s endangering our future


A slim give attention to IQ to find out success is depriving us of key decision-making smarts, as our faltering response to issues corresponding to covid-19 and local weather change exhibits


13 January 2021

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IMAGINE a world by which admission to the highest universities – to Oxford or Cambridge, or to Harvard or Yale – have been restricted to individuals who have been very tall. Very quickly, tall individuals would conclude that it’s the pure order of issues for the taller to succeed and the shorter to fail.

That is the world we dwell in. Not with taller and smaller individuals (although taller people often are at an advantage). However there may be one measure by which, in lots of locations, we are inclined to determine who has entry to one of the best alternatives and a seat on the high decision-making tables: what we name intelligence. In spite of everything, somebody blessed with intelligence has, by definition, what it takes – don’t they?

Now we have issues precisely the unsuitable manner spherical. The lesson of analysis on my own and plenty of others over a long time is that, via historic accident, we have now developed a conception of intelligence that’s slim, questionably scientific, self-serving and finally self-defeating. We see the implications within the faltering response of many countries to the covid-19 pandemic, and a number of different issues corresponding to climate change, rising income disparities and air and water air pollution. In lots of spheres, our methods of excited about and nurturing intelligence haven’t brokered clever options to real-world issues.

We’d like a greater manner. Thankfully, at the least the start line for that is clear. By returning to a extra scientifically grounded concept of intelligence, who can have it and the way we set about cultivating it in ourselves and others, we are able to start to reboot our decision-making smarts and reshape our world for the higher.

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