Is Psychometric g a Myth?
- "As an online discussion about IQ or general intelligence grows longer, the probability of someone linking to statistician Cosma Shalizi's essay g, a Statistical Myth
approaches 1. Usually the link is accompanied by an assertion to the effect that Shalizi offers a definitive refutation of the concept of general mental ability, or psychometric g
." [more inside]
posted by kliuless
on Apr 11, 2013 -
Are these people qualitatively different from us? "I would think yes," says Hare. "Do they form a discrete taxon or category? I would say probably -- the evidence is suggesting that.Psychopaths.
They form about 1% of the population. They enjoy the excitement of power. Some choice bits
from Hare's book. The obligatory Bush
link, but, hey, it's got the test sections and the sad truth is that we do have some psychopaths in positions of power, though probably not the Presidency. [Gosh this is getting long] It turns out there's a biological
basis for it. Here's the DSM
description and some detailed
analysis/description (gosh, I
identify with some of those traits!) And here's some AskMe fodder
, "Are You Involved With A Psychopath?" And because of that lust for power... well, it could well be your boss
posted by five fresh fish
on May 28, 2007 -
The discovery of mirror neurons
in the frontal lobes of monkeys, and their potential relevance to human brain evolution — which I speculate on in this essay — is the single most important "unreported" (or at least, unpublicized) story of the decade. I predict that mirror neurons will do for psychology what DNA did for biology: they will provide a unifying framework and help explain a host of mental abilities that have hitherto remained mysterious and inaccessible to experiments.
(after you read the essay, you might be interested in the responses
posted by grumblebee
on Jun 8, 2000 -