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Towards a science of intelligence: Raven's reconsidered

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Astronomy is used as an example of how a science matures over time. Its history exemplifies the need for a proper heuristic (that gives advice to theory), a theory whose conceptual foundations are clear, and a body of data precise enough to test theories. It is argued that the theory of intelligence has evolved these three elements over the past 100 years, despite being impeded by their lack until recently. The central role of Raven’s Progressive Matrices has altered as a consequence: from a test held to be a measure of a fixed intelligence across cultures, toward a test highly sensitive to cultural evolution and registering its effects on the kind of “intelligence” human beings can manifest.

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