Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | July 30, 2009

Weekly Read-Along—July 31, 2009: The Role of Intelligence in Modern Society

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦

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Earl B. Hunt (1933 –) is an American professor of psychology and computer science at the University of Washington.  He is the author of Will We Be Smart Enough? (1995) and The Mathematics of Behavior (2006)

This week’s text is his essay, “The Role of Intelligence in Modern Society”, published in American Scientist, July-August 1995.  Hunt’s essay discusses the “different theories of how intelligence is related to performance in modern society” through the lenses of sociology, economics and cognitive psychology. 

His discussion refers to three dimensions of intelligence: fluid intelligence, crystallized intelligence, and visual-spatial reasoning.  Fluid intelligence is the ability to develop novel approaches to solving problems. Crystallized intelligence is the ability to “bring previously acquired, often culturally defined, problem-solving methods to bear on the current problem.” Visual-spatial reasoning uses visual images and relationships to solve problems.

Join others from around the world in this weekly reading event! You can find Hunt’s text at these websites:

http://www.psych.utoronto.ca/users/reingold/courses/intelligence/cache/Hunt-full.html

http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/feature/the-role-of-intelligence-in-modern-society/1

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