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Flynn and Bare it: Disproving the Flynn Affect Theory and the role of IQ in the measure- ment of intelligence. Michael Read The Flynn Effect Theory has long endeavoured to explain the relationship between the rise in IQ scores as an attribution to a perceived rise in intelligence. It has long been thought that Intelligence Quotient is the true measure of intelligence. However, with the constant evolution of society, and the ways in which we are constantly changing and improving the way that we are educated, how can we ever really know if the average score of today is re- latable to the average score of yesteryear? The Flynn Effect theory, while subscribed to by many, is not an accurate depiction of a rise in intelligence, as it treats the ideal of an intelli- gence quotient as if it were a stable entity that could not possibly change with time. It is from this ideal that we can successfully argue that IQ and intelligence, while relatable on some level, are not directly respondent of each other and exist on two completely different identities that are used by one to explain the other. By proving and understanding that it is not intelligence that has changed, yet the barometer in which it has been measured, we can locate the differences between intelligence and IQ, and prove that it is not the rise of intelligence of a person that has resulted in the rise of IQ scores, but the rapidly changing median of what intelligence is measured by in our ever changing and learning society. In his 1984 journal article entitled; ‘The Mean IQ of Americans: Massive Gains 1932 to 1978’, Flynn states that “advanced educational achievement is a much more impressive candidate for explaining IQ gains over time and, through his research of Tuddenhams’ 1948 works ‘Soldier Intelligence in World Wars 1 and 2’, that weighting the mental test per- formance of 1918, to match the increased fruition of life in 1943, we are able to eliminate about 55% of the mental test gains that had happened in this period if the weighting was never considered. (Flynn, 1984, pp.19) From this, we can see that even in the early works of Flynn, a definite argument against the notion that intelligence of the individual is rising is able to help us understand the notion that intelligence is in fact constantly changing. The results, when weighted and seeing intelligence as relative to the times, were much less subject to increase, than if intelligence was seen to be measured as a fixed ‘number’ across the two generations. Even from only this study, it is becoming easily apparent that Intelligence Quotient scores
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