Alex (yakshaver) wrote,

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Multiple Intelligence?

I'm dubious about the whole multiple intelligences thing — from everything I can see, the "general intelligence" of mainstream psychometrics looks to be pretty good science. (Yes, I know it's fashionable, especially among successful people with high IQs, to say "all IQ tests test is a person's ability to take IQ tests". But I've seen too much first hand evidence that the people I have reason to believe do well on IQ tests, the people who do good work in the real world, and the people I perceive as intelligent are all sets with strong correlations.)

Anyway,mycroft posted his scores, so why not:


The Seven Intelligence Areas

Linguistic: 9

Logical-Mathematical: 9

Spatial: 5

Bodily-Kinesthetic: 8

Musical: 9

Interpersonal: 7

Intrapersonal: 7


Note: the test isn't designed with posting your scores in LJ in mind. I just used "view source" in my browser to copy the score block.

Now, let's start in on what's wrong with the test. First, it's a self-assessment intelligence test. It's not testing how smart you are, it's testing how smart you think you are: Many of the questions aren't even a little oblique ("I easily remember nice turns of phrase and ... use them deftly...."). Others clearly have a "right" answer that is actually wrong if you're really smart: if "people sometimes have to stop and ask me to explain the meaning of words I use in my writing and speaking" then I haven't read my audience very well and have failed to use the appropriate vocabulary. Other questions just frustrate: No, "English, social studies, and history" were not "easier for me in school that math and science"; they were all easy. Whether "I frequently beat my friends in chess, checkers, Go, or other strategy games" depends on whether I'm talking about friends from before I stumbled in to the MIT community or after. Nobody has told me I "have a very computer like mind" since I was twelve — check it or not?

I could go on, but you get the point. This is a moderately interesting exercise, but I doubt it tells you any more about yourself than the Country Quiz.

Oh, and the author of the page makes one of those classic mistakes you should avoid if you're trying to make people to think you're doing serious, scholarly work: When you cite a source, you should cite it with a "c", not an "s".

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