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Intelligence is measured by IQ, just as your bathroom scales measure your weight

Satoshi Kanazawa to the rescue.
Common Misconceptions About Intelligence II: Nobody Knows What Intelligence Is, Because Intelligence and IQ Are Not the Same Thing

Satoshi Kanazawa on December 14, 2012, 6:18 PM

>Intelligence is precisely and exactly what IQ tests measure.

A related misconception that people have is the claim that IQ is not a measure of general intelligence.  Some people believe in the concept of intelligence; they know that some people are more intelligent than others.  But they do not believe that IQ tests accurately measure individuals’ intelligence, once again, because IQ test scores typically show average differences between different groups and they believe that individuals from different groups on average must be equally intelligent.

Contrary to this view, intelligence researchers unanimously agree that intelligence is exactly what IQ tests measure, in the same way that your weight is exactly what your bathroom scale measures.  To maintain that intelligence is real and some people are more intelligent than others, yet IQ tests do not accurately measure intelligence is akin to claiming that weight is real and some people are heavier than others, but the bathroom scale does not accurately measure weight.  It simply does not make any sense.

Contrary to nonsense published in the Toronto Star.

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  • Durward says:

    IQ measures your capacity for learning and that’s it, If what you fill your mind with is nonsense then you’re a high IQ nitwit(Keynesian economists & socialists as examples) and nothing more.
    Many fools have a high IQ.
    A better test is the Percentile scale of life skills, However neither measure what you actually do in real life with the information you possess and are both pretty useless as true measuring sticks of intelligence.
    Much easier to test for stupidity and requires only one question…Do you support gun control? If they answer yes then they’re irrevocably stupid, 100% accurate.

    December 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM
    • dance...dancetotheradio says:

      I agree.
      IQ tests can’t measure drive or generosity.
      I’ve known engineers who are flaming liberals because they register a pulse on the Autism Disorder Spectrum and lack the empathy to see that the Law of Unintended Consequences operates as a Butterfly Effect to the problem they think they’ve been put on this Earth to solve.
      Like AGW or school shootings.

      December 24, 2012 at 4:05 PM
  • MaryLS says:

    No doubt, people who do well on IQ tests are probably pretty smart. They can spell and are good at doing calculations in their heads. `Some may be good problem solvers. However, not doing well on an IQ test does not mean you are not smart. Also some people (with lopsided brains) may do exceptionally well on some aspect of an IQ (abstract thinking, for example) and totally bomb on another (math, writing or general knowledge. IQ tests are primarily a predictor (of sorts) of school performance. School performance is a predictor of not much at all — certainly not success in life. Although some people with high IQ`s are successful, others simply are not. People are much too complex to be readily measured by performance on a test.

    May 10, 2013 at 10:39 PM
  • dmorris says:

    Comparing IQ tests to a bathroom scale is absurd. One is an instrument of exact measurement that can be checked and verified,the other has so many variables as to be no more than a general indication.

    A few IQ points means little especially considering such factors as work ethic and drive. There are many high IQ people who are lazy and stupid outside their area of expertise,philosophers who can’t change a light bulb.

    May 13, 2013 at 1:21 PM

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