The Intelligence Paradox: Why the Intelligent Choice Isn't Always the Smart One

  • by Satoshi Kanazawa
  • Narrated by Paul Neal Rohrer
  • 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A book that challenges common misconceptions about the nature of intelligence.
Satoshi Kanazawa's Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters (written with Alan S. Miller) was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "a rollicking bit of pop Science & Technology that turns the lens of evolutionary psychology on issues of the day." That book answered such burning questions as why women tend to lust after males who already have mates and why newborns look more like Dad than Mom. Now Kanazawa tackles the nature of intelligence: what it is, what it does, what it is good for (if anything). Highly entertaining, smart (dare we say intelligent?), and daringly contrarian, The Intelligence Paradox will provide a deeper understanding of what intelligence is, and what it means for us in our lives.

Asks why more intelligent individuals are not better (and are, in fact, often worse) than less intelligent individuals in solving some of the most important problems in life - such as finding a mate, raising children, and making friends
Discusses why liberals are more intelligent than conservatives, why atheists are more intelligent than the religious, why more intelligent men value monogamy, why night owls are more intelligent than morning larks, and why homosexuals are more intelligent than heterosexuals
Explores how the purpose for which general intelligence evolved - solving evolutionarily novel problems - allows us to explain why intelligent people have the particular values and preferences they have
Challenging common misconceptions about the nature of intelligence, this book offers surprising insights into the cutting-edge of Science & Technology at the intersection of evolutionary psychology and intelligence research.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


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Customer Reviews

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interesting facts bent to author's agenda

What did you like about this audiobook?

The author describes an extenisve body of work that examines the relationship between IQ and personal characteristics e.g. marriage success, drug taking. There are some interesting and suprising results included that, like all good research, provoke interesting questions. Unfortunately, the author corrales them to emphasise his view that intelligent people (as measured by IQ) are not necessarily better than everyone else. This is clearly an important point for him, but I needed no convincing. People interested in this point would be much better off reading Grit.
His preoccupation with this "paradox" means that he ignores many of the interesting issues and questions that his results suggest. As a consequence, the book is laborious and a little frustrating

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

The book raised some interesting observations that provoked some thought, but the focus of the book is not on these assumptions, but rather on demonstrating that intelligent people are not better.

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- Ben

Fascinating yet repetitive & robotically narrated

If you could sum up The Intelligence Paradox: Why the Intelligent Choice Isn't Always the Smart One in three words, what would they be?

Not for listening!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

My reaction was, 'Oh good, it's finished.'

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Throughout the book I could never be sure if the narrator was a real person or a text-to-speech bit of software. The pauses often came in the wrong place. He would read one section, only pausing after, rather than before, reading the subheading of the new section. I'm afraid I fell asleep many times while listening, so monotone was the poor man's voice.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Why intelligent people are often weird - and foolish.

Any additional comments?

This book, with all its dense data and graphs (presumably), has to be read, not listened to. Even then I think it might be a little repetitive for those who want a good read rather than to be informed. Still, the book really was fascinating and Mr. Kanazawa did a good job of condensing it into such a short book. He doesn't dwell overly long on details, for which I was grateful. I simply wanted to learn some curious facts about intelligence and get a general overview of what intelligence is and isn't, and this I did.

I liked the no-nonsense style, cutting out all the apologising and hand-wringing that what he had to say was politically incorrect. That was like a breath of fresh air.

In short, it's a fascinating, concise book but a little repetitive, too full of statistics for an audiobook and the narrator made rather heavy weather of it. This is an audiobook only for blind pop science fans. Any sighted person should read it instead.

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- The Supreme Galactic Overlord of Ipswich

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios