A Century of Findings on Intellectual Precocity: some highlights

A Century of Findings on Intellectual Precocity: some highlights, by Eric Raymond.

The paper From Terman to Today: A Century of Findings on Intellectual Precocity does a lot of mythbusting.

The recently popular notion that IQ > 120 has little incremental utility is dead false. Even small differences in IQ predict significant differences in creative output and odds of having a top-tier income.

Gifted children (and adults) are not fragile creatures with chronic emotional problems, they are “highly effective and resilient” individuals. …

Not stated, but implied: Multifactor theories of intelligence are bunk. To a good first approximation there is only g. … “g, fluid reasoning ability, general intelligence, general mental ability, and IQ essentially denote the same overarching construct” …

“Failure to provide for differences among students is perhaps the greatest source of inefficiency in education.” …

A marked characteristic of the profoundly gifted is “willingness to work long hours.”