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ERIC Number: EJ821840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0160-2896
"Intelligence and Civilisation": A Ludwig Mond Lecture Delivered at the University of Manchester on 23rd October 1936 by Godfrey H. Thomson. A Reprinting with Background and Commentary
Deary, Ian J.; Lawn, Martin; Brett, Caroline E.; Bartholomew, David J.
Intelligence, v37 n1 p48-61 Jan-Feb 2009
Here we reprint, and provide background and a commentary on, a recently-rediscovered lecture by Godfrey H. Thomson entitled, "Intelligence and civilisation." It was delivered at the University of Manchester, UK, on 23rd October, 1936, printed in 1937 in the short-lived "Journal of the University of Manchester" and as a pamphlet in Edinburgh. It was one in the series of lectures supported by the industrialist and philanthropist Ludwig Mond. The lecture is unusually valuable in that it places the theory, testing and practical application of intelligence against the background of the rise of fascism and its threat to civilisation. The lecture is a candid and accessible "confession and contemplation"; the frank thoughts of a person committed to, but critical of, intelligence testing and theory, but convinced of the power and place of intelligence differences in people's lives and in civilisation. It comes at an important time for Thomson, with regard to three of his major achievements: his Moray House Test series, the Scottish Mental Survey of 1932 (and the Northumbrian testing exercise that preceded it), and the preparation of his book "The Factorial Analysis of Human Ability." The understanding of the lecture is enhanced by recently-discovered archive materials on Thomson and his circle. ([Thomson, G.H. (1937a). "Intelligence and civilisation: A Ludwig Mond lecture delivered at the University of Manchester on October 23rd, 1936." "Journal of the University of Manchester," 1, 18-38], from the Ludwig Mond lecture). (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (Edinburgh)