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In The Making of Intelligence Ken Richardson looks at how intelligence has been characterized and measured in the past, explores current trends in our understanding and uses of the concept, and predicts what form these trends will take in the future.

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Editorial Reviews

David Canter
A carefully and clearly argued whodunnit.
Guardian
Intriguing.
John Cornwell
Intelligent. . . . Well-argued.
Financial Times London
The book´s big idea is that intelligence is not, as both common sense and professional view would have it, something private inside our heads. . . . This is a quietly passionate polemic.
Library Journal
This title launches the publisher's new series, "Maps of the Mind," which aims to offer "a glimpse of the extraordinary innovations of science's last frontier." In fact, this title does the opposite, arguing that most of the so-called "innovations" in the study of intelligence, both human and animal, are extremely ephemeral. Beginning with a useful reminder that the very concept of intelligence is unclear, Richardson, honorary research fellow in the Centre for Human Development and Learning at the Open University (UK), moves on to argue that all IQ tests are highly culture-bound, that evolutionary pressures would result in a uniformity of intelligence among humans, not in greater variation, and that the popular "computer model" of intelligence is very limited. Instead, he argues, the concept of intelligence only has meaning in sociocultural contexts. This is a lot for a 200-page book to attempt, but the author does a very good job of providing useful correctives for a number of currently popular "fads" in the cognitive sciences in a concise, readable format. Recommended for most public and academic libraries.--Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Booknews
Noting that there is no scientific consensus on the meaning of the concept that wields powerful influence in research on the brain and in people's place in society, Richardson (Open U., Britain) looks at how intelligence has been characterized and measured in the past, explores current trends, and predicts that the notion will soon fade from scientific consideration. He is particularly contemptuous of the entire IQ movement. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
David Canter
A carefully and clearly argued whodunnit.
New Scientist
John Cornwell
Intelligent…Well-argued.
The Sunday Times (London)
(London) Financial Times
The book's big idea is that intelligence is not, as both common sense and professional view would have it, something private inside our heads…This is a quietly passionate polemic.
New Scientist - David Canter

A carefully and clearly argued whodunnit.

Financial Times (London)

The book's big idea is that intelligence is not, as both common sense and professional view would have it, something private inside our heads.... This is a quietly passionate polemic.

The Sunday Times (London) - John Cornwell

Intelligent.... Well-argued.

The Guardian

Intriguing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231120043
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Maps of the Mind Series
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Richardson is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Human Development and Learning at the Open University, U.K. He is the author of Understanding Psychology, Understanding Intelligence, Models of Cognitive Development, and Origins of Human Potential.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Many Faces of Intelligence 1
2 IQ: The Misconstruction of Intelligence 25
3 Does Biology Hold the Key? Searching Biology for Intelligence 51
4 Computations and Connections 85
5 Intelligent Systems 101
6 Constructive Intelligence 121
7 Social Intelligence 145
8 The Intelligent Brain 171
Epilogue: Promoting Human Intelligence 189
Index 205
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