History of Intelligence Theories

Charles Spearman Reading Recommendations

Selected publications Comments
“General intelligence, objectively determined and measured” (Spearman, 1904) The work that started it all. Along with the historical review, statistical analysis, and some raw data, here and there, you get delicious bits of rhetoric like this:

But when we assert that the decision of Regulus to vote against making peace with Carthage was no more than a conglomeration of visual, auditory, and tactual sensations in various stages of intensity and association, then there is an undeniable risk that some precious psychical elements may have slipped through our fingers. (p. 204)

The nature of “intelligence” and the principles of cognition (Spearman, 1923) Spearman considered this book to be his most important work (Jensen, 1994). The book is easier to appreciate if you think of it as the work of Spearman the philosopher—to whom we grant the privilege of asserting things without really explaining or justifying those assertions. The ideas themselves are fascinating. The empirical justification for them mostly comes in later works.
The abilities of man: Their nature and measurement (Spearman, 1927) Most scholars consider this to be his most important work (Jensen, 1994). Although the Spearman-Brown prophecy formula holds a special place in my heart, I must agree.
C. Spearman (Spearman, 1930) Reading Spearman’s autobiography makes it hard to dislike the man. Funny, moving, and insightful.

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