Posted by: Alexandre Borovik | November 9, 2010

Spatial ability and search for mathematically gifted youngs

From Olivier Gerard:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=recognizing-spatial-intel&print=true

as usual, it is sad to see something so basic and so well known by great people of previous centuries trumped up as a “remarkable recent discovery” and as a kind of definitive truth without nuances (and there are so many). We call that “sensationalisme” in french. It is very akin to demagogy and it is the mode of reporting of almost all popular science articles.

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  1. The test scores of black American students doing IQ tests can be increased by a statistically significant amount if the person handing out the test papers is black rather than white. Given this fact, IQ tests appear to be measuring, not intelligence (whatever that may mean), but rather the ability to do a written IQ test under test conditions.


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