Individual Mental Abiities vs. the World’s Problems
AbstractThe major problems in the world today are problems of government or the lack of it. Thus, the relevant parts of intelligence are those that make for good citizenship, such as supporting the best candidates and policies. I argue that dispositions, as well as capacities, are part of intelligence, and that some dispositions are the ones most crucial for citizenship, particularly the disposition to engage in actively open-minded thinking (AOT) and to apply it as a standard for the evaluation of the qualifications of authorities and leaders. AOT is a general prescriptive theory that applies to all thinking. It affects the aptness of conclusions and the accuracy of confidence judgments, and it reduces overconfidence when extreme confidence is not warranted. AOT may be affected by different factors from those that affect other components of intelligence and thus may undergo different changes over time. Whatever has happened in the past, we need more of it now. View Full-Text
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Baron, J. Individual Mental Abiities vs. the World’s Problems. J. Intell. 2018, 6, 23.
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Baron, Jonathan. 2018. "Individual Mental Abiities vs. the World’s Problems." J. Intell. 6, no. 2: 23.
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