Child prodigies. Gifted and Talented Programs. Perfect 2400s on the SAT. Sometimes it feels like the world is conspiring to make the rest of us feel inadequate. Those children tapped as possessing special abilities will go on to achieve great things, while the rest of us have little chance of realizing our dreams. Right?
In Ungifted, cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman - who was relegated to special education as a child - sets out to show that the way we interpret traditional metrics of intelligence is misguided. Kaufman explores the latest research in genetics and neuroscience, as well as evolutionary, developmental, social, positive, and cognitive psychology, to challenge the conventional wisdom about the childhood predictors of adult success. He reveals that there are many paths to greatness, and argues for a more holistic approach to achievement that takes into account each young person’s personal goals, individual psychology, and developmental trajectory. In so doing, he increases our appreciation for the intelligence and diverse strengths of prodigies, savants, and late bloomers, as well as those with dyslexia, autism, schizophrenia, and ADHD.
Combining original research, anecdotes, and a singular compassion, Ungifted proves that anyone - even those without readily observable gifts at any single moment in time - can become great.
©2013 Scott Barry Kaufman (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC
"Fascinating… A smart, lucid, and down-to-earth exposition of the underlying neuroscience and the contentious history of theories of intelligence…. Blending incisive analysis with a warm sympathy for intellectual insecurities - and potential - Kaufman demonstrates that even the most ordinary mind is a strange and wondrous gift." (Publishers Weekly)
Despite an excellent narrator (probably the best I've heard), I'd have to read this again rather then listen to it, simply to catch what I may have missed. Very inspirational, and makes me wish I was more fluent in this topic area (although that could be a curse in itself, and further credit to the author for moving outside the box).
This is the type of book that puts those near infinite self-help/waffle books to shame. Rather than conning you with biased, ideological, narcissism, the author, through a refreshing combination of intimate personal experiences and detailed research breaks down our limited knowledge of IQ and intelligence, and makes room for hope, perseverance, and open-mindedness.
Character. What more can I say. Excellent work.
I think it would be better as a documentary.... Maybe "Deconstructing IQ, encouraging diversity in intellect"
A must read/listen. Whilst the book may be a little too academic for the laymen, the message is loud, powerful, and inspirational.
"An emotional journey through human intelligence"
A truly enjoyable audiobook. There is definitely more to human intelligence than IQ, thanks for pointing out a good knapsack of others.
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