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5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment for the Psycho "Metrician", 19 Aug. 1999
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This review is from: Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (Paperback)
Undoubtedly, you all know of tests to "measure", your intelligence. For bad or good, those results have a strong psychological power. If the score is high, yourlife is said to be "made"--forlife--no struggle, just champagne and success. If the score is low, you are a no good animal--who ought to be "eugenicized". This conclusion is immoral--for thos scoring low; As for those scoring high--they too can't draw comfort--in such promises; becuase they can't be assured of making it in life; and many "high" scorers end upon welfare, or fast food employment. The "power" of a score is, thus political--because the tests are funded by the government, used in public hiring and teaching; and worshipped by the middle claesses, who view them as mealtickets into corporate America, and good universitites; sometimes, as calling cards to exterminate "undesirables". But Gardner's book offers those scoring "low", hope, against the negative psychological baggae, and legal favoritism of the test; against the often unstated negative effects knowledge among others, that one scored low, can have on one. Because, as history makes clear,intelligenc is exhibited in part,by spritied activity in seven areas, whose use and codification into symbol systems,evolved, as evolutnionary processes: music, math,language, social practice, naturalism, insight of others, etc, on down Gardner's list. In shorter terms,one CAN survive--but not only that--even become a valued member,in point of fact, of the the very socity he or she is part of; because the avenues to success are 7 in number--not one, contrarily to the assertions of the bigots who write these "tests". Gardner broadens evaluations--not so much as an innovation, so much, as in keeping with the HISTORICAL definition of a civilized, andcapapble person; in sad contrast to the arbitrary efforttolimit that notion to a "single" faculty. The implications in a wider social sense, are to great to name; in a scientific sense, it is erelvant, if only because it puts social "scientists" on notice--that thier assertions aren't going to be disregarded for their social implication--"fascism", and "eugenicism" will NEVER become part of any just, and decent social scheme--and no one, anywhere, will EVER be "eugenicized" or sterilized. finally, it must be understood, that the current practice of labelling, vulgarizing, and attaking people--will never be justified or allowed in any civilized setting anywhere, "science" or not.
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