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Numerous studies have attempted to correlate general intelligence with different anatomical measures. (You might even argue that the phrenologists were working in this vein.) Likewise many studies have attempted to relate intelligence to the function of different brain regions — using techniques like fMRI or PET scanning. However, relatively few studies have attempted to correlate…

Conventional wisdom + bigger microphone = excellent journalism! High fives all-around for Charlotte Allen who repackages conventional wisdom about sex differences to a degree rarely attained by print journalists. My favorite part: Depressing as it is, several of the supposed misogynist myths about female inferiority have been proven true. Women really are worse drivers than…

Richard Nisbett on IQ and Race

If there has been at least one good side-effect of Dr. Watson making a jack-ass of himself, it is that it has given scientists the opportunity to set the record straight about heredity, race, and IQ. (He has since recanted, so everything is all better now. Watson to Blacks: “Sorry Blacks.” Blacks to Watson: “Um…apology…

Here is a must-read post on g-factor by Three Toed Sloth: Anyone who wanders into the bleak and monotonous desert of IQ and the nature-vs-nurture dispute eventually gets trapped in the especially arid question of what, if anything, g, the supposed general factor of intelligence, tells us about these matters. By calling g a “statistical…

The story about two weeks ago that eldest children have a significantly higher IQ was really big news, but I didn’t have time to talk about it then. Now, that I have had time to look at the articles about it, I think that some statement about what the word “significant” means is in order.…