Intelligence, engineered invisibility, and the destruction of life on Earth

7/7/02

John Raven

This paper was precipitated by the contrast between conclusions in Gottfredson (1997) and those emerging in Raven and Stephenson (2001). Gottfredson assembled data supporting three main claims: g is the major variable responsible for variance in occupational performance; g is the most important variable determining the effectiveness of behavior outside work; and the status of occupations derives directly from g. We show that in the workplace and educational system, other qualities are important but remain invisible. This invisibility, limited criteria of performance, and misleading representations of the efficiency of hierarchy contribute to a network of social forces. The understanding of the operative socio-cybernetic system generates an effective socio-cybernetic system and identifies the competencies and tools required to run it.

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