Wednesday, July 25, 2012

James R. Flynn Interview

As a follow up on my post criticising Lynn and Vanhanen’s IQ and the Wealth of Nations (2002), I provide a video interview below with Professor James R. Flynn, an internationally renowned political philosopher and researcher on human intelligence, known for his work on the Flynn effect (the general rise in average IQ scores in many nations over the past 100 years). Flynn is a social democrat and a strong defender of humane political and social ideas, and an academic opponent of racist ideas on human IQ.

For Flynn’s books and other research, see the bibliography below.

ISIR Distinguished Interview: James Flynn from Timothy Bates on Vimeo.


Flynn, James R. 1987. “Massive IQ Gains in 14 nations: What IQ Tests Really Measure,” Psychological Bulletin 101: 171–191.

Flynn, James R. 1991. Asian Americans: Achievement Beyond IQ. L. Erlbaum Associates, Hillsdale, N.J.

Flynn, James R. 1994. “IQ Gains Over Time,” in R. J. Sternberg (ed.), Encyclopedia of Human intelligence. Macmillan, New York. 617–623.

Flynn, James R. 1999. “Evidence against Rushton: The Genetic Loading of the Wisc-R Subtests and the Causes of Between-Group IQ Differences,” Personality and Individual Differences 26: 373–393.

Flynn, James R. 2000. How to Defend Humane Ideals: Substitutes for Objectivity. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Neb.

Flynn, James. 2007. “Interview: James Flynn. Receiver of Wisdom,” The Guardian, 2 January 2007.

Flynn, James R. 2008. Where Have all the Liberals Gone?: Race, Class, and Ideals in America. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Flynn, James R. 2009. What is Intelligence?: Beyond the Flynn Effect. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK and New York.

Flynn, James R. 2010. “The Spectacles through Which I See the Race and IQ Debate,” Intelligence 38.4: 363–366.

Flynn, James R. 2012. Are We Getting Smarter?: Rising IQ in the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge University Press, New York. Forthcoming.

Lynn, Richard and Tatu Vanhanen. 2002. IQ and the Wealth of Nations. Praeger, Westport, Conn. and London.

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