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It Requires More Than Intelligence to Solve Consequential World Problems

Psychologisches Institut, Universität Heidelberg, Hauptstr. 47, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Received: 25 May 2021 / Revised: 29 June 2021 / Accepted: 13 July 2021 / Published: 19 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue How Intelligence Can Be a Solution to Consequential World Problems)
What are consequential world problems? As “grand societal challenges”, one might define them as problems that affect a large number of people, perhaps even the entire planet, including problems such as climate change, distributive justice, world peace, world nutrition, clean air and clean water, access to education, and many more. The “Sustainable Development Goals”, compiled by the United Nations, represent a collection of such global problems. From my point of view, these problems can be seen as complex. Such complex problems are characterized by the complexity, connectivity, dynamics, intransparency, and polytely of their underlying systems. These attributes require special competencies for dealing with the uncertainties of the given domains, e.g., critical thinking. My position is that it is not IQ, but complex problem-solving competencies for dealing with complex and dynamic situations, that is important for handling consequential global problems. These problems require system competencies, i.e., competencies that go beyond analytical intelligence, and comprise systems understanding as well as systems control. Complex problem solving is more than analytic intelligence. View Full-Text
Keywords: grand societal challenges; Sustainable Development Goals; complex problems; consequential world problems grand societal challenges; Sustainable Development Goals; complex problems; consequential world problems
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Funke, J. It Requires More Than Intelligence to Solve Consequential World Problems. J. Intell. 2021, 9, 38. https://doi.org/10.3390/jintelligence9030038

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Funke J. It Requires More Than Intelligence to Solve Consequential World Problems. Journal of Intelligence. 2021; 9(3):38. https://doi.org/10.3390/jintelligence9030038

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Funke, Joachim. 2021. "It Requires More Than Intelligence to Solve Consequential World Problems" Journal of Intelligence 9, no. 3: 38. https://doi.org/10.3390/jintelligence9030038

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