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A Model of How Shifting Intelligence Drives Social Movements

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Department of Psychology, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
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Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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Received: 6 September 2021 / Revised: 8 November 2021 / Accepted: 30 November 2021 / Published: 13 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue How Intelligence Can Be a Solution to Consequential World Problems)
Based on the theory of social change, cultural evolution, and human development, we propose a mechanism whereby increased danger in society causes predictable shifts in valued forms of intelligence: 1. Practical intelligence rises in value relative to abstract intelligence; and 2. social intelligence shifts from measuring how well individuals can negotiate the social world to achieve their personal aims to measuring how well they can do so to achieve group aims. We document these shifts during the COVID-19 pandemic and argue that they led to an increase in the size and strength of social movements. View Full-Text
Keywords: intelligence; social movements; theory of social change, cultural evolution, and human development; social intelligence; practical intelligence; abstract intelligence; COVID-19; cultural evolution; adaptive intelligence; George Floyd protests intelligence; social movements; theory of social change, cultural evolution, and human development; social intelligence; practical intelligence; abstract intelligence; COVID-19; cultural evolution; adaptive intelligence; George Floyd protests
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Evers, N.F.G.; Greenfield, P.M. A Model of How Shifting Intelligence Drives Social Movements. J. Intell. 2021, 9, 62. https://doi.org/10.3390/jintelligence9040062

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Evers NFG, Greenfield PM. A Model of How Shifting Intelligence Drives Social Movements. Journal of Intelligence. 2021; 9(4):62. https://doi.org/10.3390/jintelligence9040062

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Evers, Noah F.G., and Patricia M. Greenfield. 2021. "A Model of How Shifting Intelligence Drives Social Movements" Journal of Intelligence 9, no. 4: 62. https://doi.org/10.3390/jintelligence9040062

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