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very interesting ideas to challenge the current mainstream culture of PC, great performance by the voice actor.
the conclusions drawn are based only on the western civilization data. would be interesting if other datasets are also used. i understand the availability of such datasets may be an issue.
What did you like about this audiobook?
The author describes an extenisve body of work that examines the relationship between IQ and personal characteristics e.g. marriage success, drug taking. There are some interesting and suprising results included that, like all good research, provoke interesting questions. Unfortunately, the author corrales them to emphasise his view that intelligent people (as measured by IQ) are not necessarily better than everyone else. This is clearly an important point for him, but I needed no convincing. People interested in this point would be much better off reading Grit.
His preoccupation with this "paradox" means that he ignores many of the interesting issues and questions that his results suggest. As a consequence, the book is laborious and a little frustrating
How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?
The book raised some interesting observations that provoked some thought, but the focus of the book is not on these assumptions, but rather on demonstrating that intelligent people are not better.
If you could sum up The Intelligence Paradox: Why the Intelligent Choice Isn't Always the Smart One in three words, what would they be?
We can't understand ourselves and our behaviour without evolutionary psychology.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me think deeply more than once. Surely that counts for something?
Any additional comments?
It's very politically incorrect, so please avoid if you are sensitive to texts offensive to progressive worldview.
Full disclosure: I already believe the evolution argument so I'm predisposed to like this. Having said that, I really enjoyed this book. The rule about more intelligence means the person will pursue evolutionarily novel behaviours gels with me.
The production has a few things that annoy me:
- there's not enough space left between the end of a paragraph and the title of the next section
- you can't say 1.14 as "one point fourteen". It's not fourteen!
- reading 1 < value < 6 as "one less than value less than six" is a bit painful. Something like "the value is between one and six non-inclusive" might be better.