Category Archives: Intelligence

Are People Getting Dumber?

The answer is no, but hey — let the debate rage. I would pay particular attention to what Stephen Pinker has to say on the subject. I like the title of his essay: To See Humans’ Progress, Zoom Out. Exactly. (No, I’m not showing this because I think people are getting dumber. I just think […]

Limitless — Would You Take the Pill?

Saw a shorter version of this a couple of times during the Superbowl: Limitless: Trailer – Watch more Movie Trailers Intriguing premise — a guy takes a pill that turbo-charges his brain. It doesn’t look terribly realistic, but the appearance of a major transhumanist theme in popular culture is always an interesting thing to see. The specific theme I’m thinking […]

Getting Smarter — It's a Trick

One of my favorite topics is the well-documented increase in human intelligence recorded over the past century. James R. Flynn’s exhaustive research in IQ testing showed a worldwide average increase in IQ of about three points per decade. When intelligence is measured strictly via IQ test scores, however, there is some evidence to suggest that […]

Getting Smarter — It’s a Trick

One of my favorite topics is the well-documented increase in human intelligence recorded over the past century. James R. Flynn’s exhaustive research in IQ testing showed a worldwide average increase in IQ of about three points per decade. When intelligence is measured strictly via IQ test scores, however, there is some evidence to suggest that […]