As was noted by the capstone talk in our campus’ annual Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) seminar series, given by Katie Gruskin (free and streaming here), most standard forms of public education are evolutionarily mismatched in important ways. That is, in most modern-day classrooms, the educational experience is not in line with the kinds of educational experiences that would have been common throughout human evolutionary history. Based on assessments of education and learning in nomadic groups around the world today, our best guesses regarding ancestral education suggest that across the lion’s share of human existence, children learned in mixed-age groups with kids collaborating with one another in unstructured, playful contexts—with very little adult supervision (see Gruskin & Geher, 2017; Gray, 2013). … [Read more...] about Is Natural Living Reserved for the Rich?
Empathy is often regarded as one of those "soft" leadership skills (unlike, say, authority, technical prowess, or the ability to present effectively to an audience the size of a small city). But when you consider that effective management is all about accomplishing work through others, it's shortsighted to dismiss it too quickly. … [Read more...] about Empathy Is a Key to Successful Management
Emmons justifies the concept of spiritual intelligence using Gardner’s framework of multiple intelligences. I have critiqued Gardner’s theory in some detail in a previous article. Briefly, Gardner proposed that many kinds of abilities deserve to be called intelligences in their own right as opposed to the idea of there being a single general intelligence that can be measured with IQ tests. Although this is a popular idea with considerable intuitive appeal, it has not been supported by empirical evidence and is not scientifically respected (Waterhouse, 2006). One of the problems with theories involving “multiple intelligences’ is that if the theory is correct, then the various kinds of “intelligences” should be statistically distinct from each other and from general intelligence or IQ. That is, it should be common for people to have high ability in some kinds of intelligence, and not in others. However, research to date has overwhelmingly found that … [Read more...] about Is “Spiritual Intelligence” a Valid Concept?