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 & Technology 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.
Challenging common misconceptions about the nature of intelligence, this book offers surprising insights into the cutting-edge of Science & Technology at the intersection of evolutionary psychology and intelligence research.
©2012 Satoshi Kanazawa (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
the conclusions drawn are based only on the western civilization data. would be interesting if other datasets are also used. i understand the availability of such datasets may be an issue.
"Fascinating yet repetitive & robotically narrated"
Not for listening!
My reaction was, 'Oh good, it's finished.'
Throughout the book I could never be sure if the narrator was a real person or a text-to-speech bit of software. The pauses often came in the wrong place. He would read one section, only pausing after, rather than before, reading the subheading of the new section. I'm afraid I fell asleep many times while listening, so monotone was the poor man's voice.
Why intelligent people are often weird - and foolish.
This book, with all its dense data and graphs (presumably), has to be read, not listened to. Even then I think it might be a little repetitive for those who want a good read rather than to be informed. Still, the book really was fascinating and Mr. Kanazawa did a good job of condensing it into such a short book. He doesn't dwell overly long on details, for which I was grateful. I simply wanted to learn some curious facts about intelligence and get a general overview of what intelligence is and isn't, and this I did.
I liked the no-nonsense style, cutting out all the apologising and hand-wringing that what he had to say was politically incorrect. That was like a breath of fresh air.
In short, it's a fascinating, concise book but a little repetitive, too full of statistics for an audiobook and the narrator made rather heavy weather of it. This is an audiobook only for blind pop science fans. Any sighted person should read it instead.
"Evolutionary psychology explains our behaviour"
We can't understand ourselves and our behaviour without evolutionary psychology.
It made me think deeply more than once. Surely that counts for something?
It's very politically incorrect, so please avoid if you are sensitive to texts offensive to progressive worldview.
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