The Intelligence Paradox: Why the Intelligent Choice Isn't Always the Smart One
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A book that challenges common misconceptions about the nature of intelligence
Satoshi Kanazawa's Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters (written with Alan S. Miller) was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "a rollicking bit of pop science that turns the lens of evolutionary psychology on issues of the day." That book answered such burning questions as why women tend to lust after males who already have mates and why newborns look more like Dad than Mom. Now Kanazawa tackles the nature of intelligence: what it is, what it does, what it is good for (if anything). Highly entertaining, smart (dare we say intelligent?), and daringly contrarian, The Intelligence Paradox will provide a deeper understanding of what intelligence is, and what it means for us in our lives.
- Asks why more intelligent individuals are not better (and are, in fact, often worse) than less intelligent individuals in solving some of the most important problems in life—such as finding a mate, raising children, and making friends
- Discusses why liberals are more intelligent than conservatives, why atheists are more intelligent than the religious, why more intelligent men value monogamy, why night owls are more intelligent than morning larks, and why homosexuals are more intelligent than heterosexuals
- Explores how the purpose for which general intelligence evolved—solving evolutionarily novel problems—allows us to explain why intelligent people have the particular values and preferences they have
Challenging common misconceptions about the nature of intelligence, this book offers surprising insights into the cutting-edge of science at the intersection of evolutionary psychology and intelligence research.
us detect cheaters in social exchange, decide how to allocate parental resources, or recognize familiar faces. In fact, it does not help us do anything except for the one task of learning our native language. It does not even help us learn second and third languages as adults, which is why learning a foreign language is so much more difficult than learning to speak our native language as a child, which comes very naturally and easily to us (because we have the innate ability to do so). Evolved
the women would sleep with him. This classic study was recently replicated in Denmark in 2009, even though the sex difference in the proportion saying “yes” (2% vs. 38%) is not as stark in the Danish study as it was in the original American study (0% vs. 75%).19 Interestingly, while none of the Danish women who were not currently in relationships said yes (just like their American counterparts), 4% of the women who were currently in relationships did. Given that the male confederates who
worth and to demolish the myth that intelligence is universally good and that more intelligent people are universally better at everything than less intelligent people. For this purpose, an interesting test case involves the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, because it is widely agreed that their consumption—especially their excessive use—has largely negative health consequences. If I can demonstrate that more intelligent individuals are more likely to consume these substances to
non-institutionalized adults over the age of 18 in the US. The sample size is about 1,500 individuals for each annual survey, and about 3,000 individuals for each biennial one. The exact questions asked in the survey vary by the year. The 1972–2008 cumulative data file contains 53,043 individuals and 5,364 variables (although not all variables are measured of all individuals).6 The GSS measures the respondent's verbal intelligence with a 10-item synonyms test. The survey asks the respondent to
the Clintons). In Argentina, the popular President Néstor Kirchner chose not to seek (nearly certain) re-election for a second consecutive term and stepped aside in 2007, so that his wife Cristina could run and win the Presidency. And she did. Argentineans voted overwhelmingly for her and she won by a wide margin. The United States is one of the oldest and most well established representative democracies in the world. It is also probably the only major world power which has never had any history