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Human intelligence expert Flynn to speak

Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 7-9, 2008, various times McCosh 10 and 101 McCormick Hall

James Flynn, a social scientist well known for his work on human intelligence, will discuss the factors behind rising IQ scores as well as research on race and intelligence in events scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 7-9.

Flynn is known for discovering the "Flynn effect," the trend toward rising average IQ scores in many countries. He will deliver two talks at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 and 9 in McCosh 10. The first, "What Is Intelligence? Paradoxes Resolved," will explore the factors behind the gains in IQ test performance since 1900. Flynn will address "Black IQ: Environmental Factors" in the second. These talks are designated as Stafford Little Lectures sponsored by the University Public Lectures Series.

In addition, Flynn will be a featured participant in a seminar on "The Ethical Implications of Recent Research on Race and IQ" at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in 101 McCormick Hall. The event, sponsored by the University Center for Human Values, also will feature two Princeton scholars, psychologist Deborah Prentice and ethicist Peter Singer.

Flynn is an emeritus professor of political studies at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. His books include "What Is Intelligence? Beyond the Flynn Effect," "How to Defend Humane Ideals: Substitutes for Objectivity," "Asian Americans: Achievements Beyond IQ" and "Race, IQ and Jensen."

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