Sunday, November 01, 2009

IQ and reasoning - not quite the same thing

This Scientific American article was written about smart people who don't reason very well (Mensa specializes in this group)...
Rational and Irrational Thought: The Thinking That IQ Tests Miss: Scientific American

No doubt you know several folks with perfectly respectable IQs who just don’t seem all that sharp. The behavior of such people tells us that we are missing something important by treating intelligence as if it encompassed all cognitive abilities. I coined the term “dysrationalia” (analogous to “dyslexia”), meaning the inability to think and behave rationally despite having adequate intelligence, to draw attention to a large domain of cognitive life that intelligence tests fail to assess.
The converse, of course, would be people with lousy IQs who still reason fairy well. They are able to solve real world problems much more effectively than IQ test problems.

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