How Intelligence Happens by John Duncan

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Human intelligence is one of the strongest forces in the world. It builds sprawling towns, tremendous cornfields, espresso plantations, and intricate microchips; it takes us from the atom to the boundaries of the universe. figuring out how brains construct intelligence is without doubt one of the so much attention-grabbing demanding situations of recent technological know-how. How does the organic mind, a suite of billions of cells, let us to do issues no different species can do? during this ebook John Duncan, a scientist who has spent thirty years learning the human mind, bargains an experience story—the tale of the quest for uncomplicated rules of human intelligence, habit, and thought.

Using effects drawn from classical stories of intelligence trying out; from makes an attempt to construct pcs that imagine; from experiences of the way minds swap after mind harm; from glossy discoveries of mind imaging; and from groundbreaking contemporary examine, Duncan synthesizes frequently difficult-to-understand info right into a ebook that may pride medical and well known readers alike. He explains how brains holiday down difficulties into priceless, solvable elements after which gather those elements into the advanced psychological courses of human proposal and action.

Moving from the rules of psychology, man made intelligence, and neuroscience to the most up-tp-date clinical considering, How Intelligence occurs is for all these curious to appreciate how their very own brain works.

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But this is not what Spearman’s theory is about. It is about one extraordinary observation concerning human behavior and how we might explain that observation. A similar line of thought is reflected in the frequent definition of new kinds of “intelligence”: practical intelligence, social intelligence, emotional intelligence. ” In fact, as I explained earlier, the word “intelligence” itself has little definite meaning. If we wish, we are at liberty to call just a few things “intelligence,” or many different 49 50 A Regularity things.

What a lovely demonstration of the tension between our two perspectives, inside out and outside in. Looking from the outside in, we know full well how limited, biased, and constrained the human mind is. Looking from the inside out, we still know that we ourselves are responsible and free. The denial of free will is often felt as somehow belittling. The basic sense is that, if our choices are constrained by our biological hardware—by the genes that directed our development and the experiences that made us who we are—then somehow they are no longer our own, free choices at all.

This is what racism is really about, not about abstract group differences, but about according individual people different opportunities, rights, value, and respect. This is not to say that science has no place in this kind of political 51 52 A Regularity arena. Though facts themselves cannot be racist, they can contribute to racism. A large and fascinating research literature in social psychology documents the strong human tendency to form groups of “us” and “them” at every level from family to classroom to football team supporter to nation.

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