Are Humans Smarter or Stupider Than We Used to Be? (NSQ Ep. 34)
Also: how can you become a more curious person?
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Relevant Research & References
Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:
- James Flynn, former professor of political science at the University of Otago.
- Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Todd Kashdan, professor of psychology at George Mason University.
- Kurt Lewin, American social psychologist.
- John McWhorter, associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University.
- Paul Silvia, professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
- “Literacy Rate, Adult Total, (Percent of People Ages 15 and Above),” by the World Bank (2019).
- “Fluid vs. Crystallized Intelligence,” by Kendra Cherry (Very Well Mind, 2019).
- A Book Too Risky To Publish: Free Speech And Universities, by James Flynn (2019).
- “My Book Defending Free Speech Has Been Pulled,” by James Flynn (Quillette, 2019).
- “What Are the Five Dimensions of Curiosity?” by Tod Kashdan (Medium, 2018).
- Are We Getting Smarter?: Rising IQ in the Twenty-First Century, by James R. Flynn (2012).
- “Steve Jobs on Why Computers Are Like a Bicycle for the Mind (1990),” by BrainPickings (2011).
- “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr (The Atlantic, 2008).
- “Intelligence is Not Enough: Non-IQ Predictors of Achievement,” by Angela Duckworth (University of Pennsylvania, 2006).
- Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, by Neil Postman (2005).
- 120 Years of American Education: A Statistical Portrait, by Tom Snyder (National Center for Education Statistics, 1993).