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Education Bookcast

Nov 15, 2021

In my episode on Stuart Ritchie's Intelligence: All that Matters I spoke about IQ and intelligence, after a long silence on this issue. In Hive Mind, we get a look at how IQ affects the fate of entire nations, rather than just the individuals living in them.

Jones' argument rests on data showing that IQ...


Nov 2, 2021

This is the second part of the episode on the book Multiple Faces of Attachment - Cultural Variations on a Fundamental Human Need.

In this section, we will look at three societies - the Beng (Ivory Coast), Nso (Cameroon), and Makassar (Sulawesi) - to see how children are brought up there, and the extent to which...


Nov 1, 2021

The title of this episode might ruffle some feathers. Attachment Theory is developmental psychology's shining star, the theory with the greatest predictive success, and one which has become popular among child psychiatrists. You can now hear it spoken about wherever child psychology is the main topic, and it has...


Oct 18, 2021

Which country was the first ever to have universal, free, compulsory education?

Zero points if you said "Prussia". The correct answer is the Aztec empire, almost four centuries before the oft-cited German state.

I happened to find out this bizarre fact from an aside in a YouTube video, and decided to look into it. If...


Oct 4, 2021

I realised I missed something, and I kicked myself.

For a while I've been toying with the idea that learning occurs in two stages, which can be mapped between cognitive science and neuroscience:

  1. Exposure to new material -> neuronal connections
  2. Practice and repetition -> myelination

...with elaboration (e.g. relating...