James R. Flynn

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  • Being Brilliant Essay

    think better but really, “[o]ver time, students become used to the pressure of tests and they pick up examination-room tactics that improve their performance (Kremer).” Memorization is not intelligence. Next, the importance of numbers as determiners of intelligence. Philosopher and psychologist James Robert Flynn noticed a trend (later became known as the Flynn Effect) that people who took older IQ tests scored higher than they did on the new test, meaning the tests were becoming harder. With the average score steady at 100 it appears that we are growing more intelligent. Flynn concluded that, “[p]sychologists face a paradox: either the people of today were far brighter than their parents or, at least in some circumstances, IQ tests were not good measures of intelligence” (Gambino). The Flynn effect seems to be prevalent when countries achieve a certain level of health, education and welfare. Another way to interpret this is to see IQ not as something set in stone and unchangeable but, more like a muscle that can change and adapt to different environments. IQ is no longer a measure of just intelligence it is a measure of how well we can deal with the society we inhabit. According to Flynn, if these gains in IQ are actual and real, “‘Why aren’t we undergoing a renaissance unparalleled in human history? Why aren’t we duplicating the golden days of Athens or the Italian Renaissance?’ Perhaps we are, but we can’t see it because we are in the middle of it” (Kruszelnicki). Finally,…

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  • Analysis Of Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted

    Writing in someone else 's style is infinitely more difficult than simply writing as yourself. After all, a style of writing represents that author 's thought process, and it is quite difficult to get into the heads of others. In addition, we had to replicate the style of not one, but two very characteristic writers with very different styles and visions for their work. Changing mindsets was slightly difficult; just when I became accustomed to Kaysen 's style, I had to finish with her and…

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  • Another Bullhit Night In Suck City Analysis

    Dictionary by David Levithan, This is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz, and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn, this quote can be disagreed upon to believe that love is in existence in relationships and society does not…

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  • Cartoon Physics Part 1 Analysis

    present, whether it be about the solar system or the magic behind friendship. In Nick Flynn’s lyric poem “Cartoon Physics, part 1” he delves into the connection of the innocence of a child and their optimistic outlook on life, and how this changes as one loses their innocence, all shown through cartoons. Flynn does this through the use of figurative language, attitude, and a shift throughout the poem. Figurative language expresses an author’s, or in this case poet’s, idea without them having to…

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  • What Do Intelligence Tests Measure

    What do intelligence tests really measure? Define intelligence tests – According to intelligence can be defined as Intelligence tests can be defined as formats meant to measure intelligence. This can be in form of exercises that test verbal knowledge, ability and performance. The scores achieved in the intelligence tests may be considered as an IQ (intelligence quotient) which the division of the mental age by the number of years the individual has lived. What do they measure According to…

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  • Jonathan Flynn Personal Response

    For Jonathan Flynn, life was a road trip. A road trip that had an abundance of wrong turns, misleading directions, and one way signs to a dead end. It became obvious that finding a positive pathway in life was a challenging task for him to accomplish. Jonathan made quite a few decisions in his lifetime, the most prominent decision being the imprudent amounts of alcohol, that significantly slowed his road to success. Along with his poor decisions, luck or lack of luck played a tremendous role…

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  • The Different Perspectives Of Success In Outliers By Malcolm Gladwell

    Being successful in life is not always easy because of the different perspectives that success can be achieved. With many theories out there on success, it is hard to figure out what is needed to be done to gain success in everyone’s life since there are many different beliefs out there that can lead to it. In the book “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell, there are numerous theories that are covered with examples of successful people that clearly show how success can be done in not just one way but…

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  • Persuasive Essay On Frozen Vs Tangled

    that Hans and Ana are the same and that he would complete her and that they feel the same about one another, but little does Ana know the true reasons why Elsa has always blocked her. Ana has no idea that she would cause so much tension between her and Elsa she only believed that Elsa was over reacting. Besides that the whole plot is different, so is the music and the animals that are used as sidekicks. For frozen it’s more of Elsa letting go of her fear as she believes she doesn’t care that…

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  • IQ Tests Effectively Measure Intelligence Essay

    To What Extent do IQ Tests Effectively Measure Intelligence? Introduction Albert Einstein, a famous theoretical physicist, once said that “the true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” While scholastic aptitude can play a large role in determining one’s intelligence, creativity is also a major factor. IQ tests, or intelligence quotient tests, are supposed to measure intelligence, but due to their ability to measure creativity, their accuracy is highly debated. According to…

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  • The Trouble With Geniuses In George Gladwell's Outliers

    In the previous chapters of Outliers, Gladwell establishes that in order to be successful we must put in the requisite time and effort. In addition we must have determination and a willingness to take advantage of our “accumulative advantages”. “The Trouble with Geniuses” expands on this premise by linking hard work and opportunity with the threshold idea, that in order to be successful in life we just have to be good enough. We must learn how to use “practical intelligence” and savvy in order…

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