Dr. Stuart Ritchie on Intelligence, IQ Testing and Genetics

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Dr. Stuart Richie is an expert in human intelligence differences and their relations to the brain, genetics, and education. This episode distills some of the most important and interesting ideas in intelligence, IQ testing, genetics and their affects on society at large. We discuss the false dichotomy between nature vs. nurture. We illuminate popular media and institutional pressures to deliver sensational findings. We cover the ethical implications of the quickly developing genetic science, with questions like “should insurance companies be able to raise your rates depending on your genetics?”  Ultimately, this is a crash course on the psychology of intelligence featuring two experts on the topic. Enjoy! And check out Stuart’s book Intelligence: All That Matters.

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Stuart Ritchie is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology at The University of Edinburgh. His recent work involves charting the ageing of intelligence, and what we might do to predict, or perhaps even change, the cognitive ageing process. His book “Intelligence: All That Matters” is available now in paperback and on Kindle.


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