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What is the Flynn Effect?

Posted on by Kieran McGovern

The Flynn Effect is the theory that intelligence (measured in IQ) is rapidly increasing with each new generation. Flynn posits that this increase is universal (across countries and cultures) though varying in degree.

The Flynn effect is often cited as evidence of a progressive direction in human history - that despite setbacks and localised problems 'we've never had it so good'. Critics suggest that the data is misleading - see here