Ken Jennings has won more than $1 million answering questions on Jeopardy. Is he a genius? Howard Gardner, Mr. Multiple Intelligences, tells the New York Times that Jennings has great “verbal linguistic memory,” and probably a logical, organized mind. Also he has the “inter- and intrapersonal intelligence” (people smarts) to be a great bluffer.
Jonathan Plucker, a cognitive scientist at Indiana University who runs a site on intelligence, suggests intelligence may be a general ability “translatable from one field to another.”
(Plucker) said he was quite impressed after watching Mr. Jennings compete. “He was playing the other competitors as much as he was playing the board,” Dr. Plucker said, by making guesses, holding back at certain times, acting confident. “This guy was clearly good at contextual sorts of intelligence,” which is to say, reading the situation and the rules, in addition to having the necessary knowledge.
I don’t normally watch the show but I saw Jennings clean up a few nights ago. The guys is cool under pressure. I got one question he missed. Saul’s hometown is Tarsus, not Damascus. Sure, he was on the road to Damascus when he was converted, but he wasn’t heading home.
Via Chris Correa, who also has a post on a study of whether music lessons boost IQ. He believes any cognitively demanding activity may raise IQ, and notes that voice lessons did more for the six-year-olds in the study than keyboard lessons.