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TED Talks: Season 2013

2013x182 James Flynn: Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents'
TV-PG

  • 2013-09-26T04:00:00Z on YouTube
  • 15 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary, Special Interest

It's called the "Flynn effect" — the fact that each generation scores higher on an IQ test than the generation before it. Are we actually getting smarter, or just thinking differently? In this fast-paced spin through the cognitive history of the 20th century, moral philosopher James Flynn suggests that changes in the way we think have had surprising (and not always positive) consequences.

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