IMAGINE a world wherein admission to the highest universities – to Oxford or Cambridge, or to Harvard or Yale – had been restricted to individuals who had been very tall. Very quickly, tall folks would conclude that it’s the pure order of issues for the taller to succeed and the shorter to fail.
That is the world we stay in. Not with taller and smaller folks (though taller folks usually are better off). However there may be one measure by which, in lots of locations, we are likely to resolve who has entry to the very best alternatives and a seat on the high decision-making tables: what we name intelligence. In spite of everything, somebody blessed with intelligence has, by definition, what it takes – don’t they?
We have now issues precisely the flawed means spherical. The lesson of analysis on my own and lots of others over a long time is that, by way of historic accident, now we have developed a conception of intelligence that’s slender, questionably scientific, self-serving and finally self-defeating. We see the results within the faltering response of many countries to the covid-19 pandemic, and a bunch of different issues akin to local weather change, growing earnings disparities and air and water air pollution. In lots of spheres, our methods of excited about and nurturing intelligence haven’t brokered clever options to real-world issues.
We’d like a greater means. Luckily, at the very least the start line for that is clear. By returning to a extra scientifically grounded concept of intelligence, who can have it and the way we set about cultivating it in ourselves and others, we will start to reboot our decision-making smarts and reshape our world for the higher.
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