Autistic Songs

Alan Griswold


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Historical IQ

What would happen if we gave a modern IQ test to one of the ancients—a Mesopotamian, an Egyptian, the average Athenian citizen (Meletus, for instance)? How many block designs might we expect before sundown? How much arithmetic without mistake? Similarities? Picture completion?

When we measure intelligence, what capacities are we already assuming, and where and when did these capacities originate? Are we sure we want to keep looking in the frontal, parietal and occipital lobes?

The Flynn effect should not surprise us. After all, it was not that long ago the average human did not possess enough intelligence to take an IQ test, let alone analyze its calendar-sensitive results.

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