Somewhere along the way in life you’ve probably taken an IQ test and were give some number as an answer. That figure — seemingly definitive and said to portray some inborn capacity — may have given you the impression that your level of intelligence, no matter how high or low it might be, is a fixed quantity. You can learn, sure, but basically you’re only as smart as you were born to be, right?
But that’s not what the latest science actually says, learning expert and author Annie Murphy Paul recently explained in a speech, which she helpfully transcribed to her blog. Intelligence, it turns out, is way more complicated than that. (more…)