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Publisher's Summary

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.

  • 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 & Technology at the intersection of evolutionary psychology and intelligence research.

©2012 Satoshi Kanazawa (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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great none fiction,

very interesting ideas to challenge the current mainstream culture of PC, great performance by the voice actor.

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very academic yet insightful

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.

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  • Ben
  • 06-26-17

interesting facts bent to author's agenda

What did you like about this audiobook?

The author describes an extenisve body of work that examines the relationship between IQ and personal characteristics e.g. marriage success, drug taking. There are some interesting and suprising results included that, like all good research, provoke interesting questions. Unfortunately, the author corrales them to emphasise his view that intelligent people (as measured by IQ) are not necessarily better than everyone else. This is clearly an important point for him, but I needed no convincing. People interested in this point would be much better off reading Grit.
His preoccupation with this "paradox" means that he ignores many of the interesting issues and questions that his results suggest. As a consequence, the book is laborious and a little frustrating

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

The book raised some interesting observations that provoked some thought, but the focus of the book is not on these assumptions, but rather on demonstrating that intelligent people are not better.

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  • Anonimo Nonlodico
  • 12-03-15

Evolutionary psychology explains our behaviour

If you could sum up The Intelligence Paradox: Why the Intelligent Choice Isn't Always the Smart One in three words, what would they be?

We can't understand ourselves and our behaviour without evolutionary psychology.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me think deeply more than once. Surely that counts for something?

Any additional comments?

It's very politically incorrect, so please avoid if you are sensitive to texts offensive to progressive worldview.

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  • The Supreme Galactic Overlord of Ipswich
  • 04-29-17

Fascinating yet repetitive & robotically narrated

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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.

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  • Tom Saleeba
  • 06-20-17

Really enjoyed it

Full disclosure: I already believe the evolution argument so I'm predisposed to like this. Having said that, I really enjoyed this book. The rule about more intelligence means the person will pursue evolutionarily novel behaviours gels with me.

The production has a few things that annoy me:
- there's not enough space left between the end of a paragraph and the title of the next section
- you can't say 1.14 as "one point fourteen". It's not fourteen!
- reading 1 < value < 6 as "one less than value less than six" is a bit painful. Something like "the value is between one and six non-inclusive" might be better.