This text examines various theories regarding IQ. The author reviews and rejects claims such as: tht IQ tests provide a measure of inherent mental capacities; that intelligence and "race" are linked; that there is a "gene for intelligence"; and that low IQ means restricted capabilities. He aims to show how these and other claims havae dubious intellectual support and damaging social consequences, and seeks a more careful understanding of the central questions.
Michael J A Howe is Professor of Psychology at the University of Exeter. He has written widely about human intelligence and his publications include The Origins of Exceptional Abilities (1990) and Fragments of Genius (1989).