RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 40, Issue 22

Subject: RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 40, Issue 22
From: "Sarah Stegall" <sstegall -at- bivio -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 16:27:26 -0800

What the blue blazes does this have to do with technical writing?

Sarah


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From: techwr-l-bounces+sstegall=bivio -dot- net -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com on behalf of Geoff Lane
Sent: Sun 2/22/2009 3:23 AM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 40, Issue 22

On Sunday, February 22, 2009, Mike Starr wrote;

> Well from my perspective making one smarter would mean that one
> gains intelligence. With education, one gains knowledge, but not
> intelligence.
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I guess that depends on how you define both intelligence and
education. If you define intelligence as general problem solving
ability and your definition of education includes supervised exercises
intended to improve skills (e.g. exercises in mental arithmetic) then
education has been shown to improve intelligence.

>From my perspective, there are two sorts of intelligence: latent
intelligence, and apparent intelligence (these are my terms). Latent
intelligence is the maximum intelligence that one can achieve.
Apparent intelligence is the level of intelligence that would be
apparent if measured (e.g. in an IQ test). While I suspect you cannot
improve the former, you can improve the latter - as a recent study has
shown. (http://sn.im/c6kuk) AFAICT, it is a real increase in apparent
intelligence since the improvements in the practised task transferred
to other activities.

--
Geoff

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References:
RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 40, Issue 22: From: Michael West
Re: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 40, Issue 22: From: Mike Starr
Re: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 40, Issue 22: From: Geoff Lane

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