James Flynn:
Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents'

TED2013 · 18:40 · Filmed Mar 2013

It's called the "Flynn effect" — the fact that each generation scores higher on an IQ test than the generation before it. Are we actually getting smarter, or just thinking differently? In this fast-paced spin through the cognitive history of the 20th century, moral philosopher James Flynn suggests that changes in the way we think have had surprising (and not always positive) consequences.

Moral philosopher
James Flynn challenges our fundamental assumptions about intelligence. Full bio