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Rationality and the Reflective Mind$
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Keith Stanovich

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195341140

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341140.001.0001

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The Social Implications of Separating the Concepts of Intelligence and Rationality

The Social Implications of Separating the Concepts of Intelligence and Rationality

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(p.175) 9 The Social Implications of Separating the Concepts of Intelligence and Rationality
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Rationality and the Reflective Mind
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Keith E. Stanovich

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341140.003.0009

This chapter explores the social consequences of the modest association between rational thinking and intelligence. It argues that an understanding of the implications of the modest association helps to check the imperialism of the intelligence concept in folk psychology. Extant IQ tests do not measure rational thought, but instead are good indicators of algorithmic-level decoupling ability. Thus, we should not fold rationality into the concept of intelligence, because the most notable operational indicators of the latter do not begin to index the former. Knowledge of a person's intelligence does very little to predict how they will do on measures of rational thinking.

Keywords:   rational thinking, intelligence, decoupling, association, ability

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