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The Nature of Intelligence

Gregory R. Bock (Editor), Jamie A. Goode (Editor), Kate Webb (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-87085-3 October 2008 308 Pages


Evolutionary psychology ans behaviour genetics are two successful and important fields in the study of human behaviour, but practitioners in these two fields have different conceptions of the nature of human intelligence. Evolutionary psychologists dispute the existence of general intelligence and emphasize the differences between the species. They argue that natural and sexual selection would be expected to produce intelligences that are specialised for particular domains, as encountered by particular species. Behaviour geneticists consider general intelligence to be the most fundamental aspect of intelligence and concentrate on the differences between individuals of the same species.
This exciting book features papers and discussion contributions from leading behaviour geneticists, evolutionary psychologists and experts on intelligence that explore the differences and the tensions between these two approaches. The nature of g or general intelligence is discussed in detail, as is the issue of heritability of intelligence. The alternative approaches emphasizing domain-specific intelligences are also explored, alongside wide-ranging discussions on a broad range of issues such as the biological basis for intelligence, animal models and changes in IQ scores over time.
Symposium on The Nature of Intelligence, held at the Novartis Foundation, London, 30 Nov -
2 December 1999
Introduction (Michael Rutter)
Intelligence: success and fitness (David Lubinski)
The g factor: psychometrics and biology (Arthur R. Jensen)
Psychometric intelligence differences and brain function (Ian J. Deary)
The g factor in non-human animals (Britt Anderson)
Natural selection, mental modules and intelligence (Randolph M. Nesse)
g and the one - many problem: is one enough? (Nathan Brody)
General intelligence and the definition of phenotypes? (Douglas K. Detterman)
Is there a g factor for fitness? (David Houle)
How can psychological adaptations be heritable? (J. Michael Bailey)
Social complexity and social intelligence (Andrew Whiten)
IQ gains, WISC subtests and fluid g: g theory and the relevance of Spearman's hypothesis to race ( James R. Flynn)
Mutation, selection and the heritability of complex traits (Andrew Pomiankowski)
The quantative and molecular genetics of human intelligence (Peter McGuffin)
Sexual selection for indicators of intelligence (Geoffrey Miller)
"...a well presented book, which seems to faithfully reflect, the proceedings of the symposium..." (Prometheus, Vol.20, No.4)