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What you Know About Intelligence is Wrong

We are joined by Hank Schlinger, a professor of psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. His research revolves around theoretical issues in psychology and behavioral analysis.

Hank establishes that words have references and questions the reference for intelligence. He discussed how intelligence can be observed in animals. He also discussed how intelligence is measured in a given context.

Hank mentioned why the current measure of intelligence is fundamentally flawed. He also discussed how intelligence can be assessed quantitatively. He also mentioned the criticisms of using the behavior paradigm to study intelligence. Hank discussed how psychologists can perform behavioral experiments to understand consciousness.

Hank also discussed the relationship between consciousness and intelligence. He mentioned what it means to be a skeptic. He also gave his take on artificial intelligence, comparing it to human intelligence.

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Hank Schlinger

Henry D. (Hank) Schlinger Jr. received his Ph.D. in psychology (applied behavior analysis) from Western Michigan University (WMU). He then completed a two-year National Institutes of Health-funded post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral pharmacology also at WMU. Dr. Schlinger was a full tenured professor of psychology at Western New England University in Springfield, MA, before moving to Los Angeles in 1998. He is now professor of psychology and current director of the ABA Specialization Option and BCaBA course sequence, and former director of the M. S. Program in Applied Behavior Analysis in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Schlinger has published approximately 100 scholarly articles, chapters, commentaries, and book reviews in more than 35 different journals and books. He also has authored or co-authored four books, Psychology: A Behavioral Overview (1990), A Behavior-Analytic View of Child Development (1995) (which was translated into Japanese), Introduction to Scientific Psychology (1998), and, most recently, _How to Build Good Behavior and Self-Esteem in Children (_2021), which has been translated into Italian, and is available on Amazon.com. He is past editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and The Behavior Analyst (now Perspectives on Behavior Science) and sits on the editorial boards of several other journals. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and on the Advisory Board of The B. F. Skinner Foundation and The Venus Project (https://www.resourcebasedeconomy.org/advisory-board/). Dr. Schlinger received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University in 2012, and the Jack Michael Award for Outstanding Contributions in Verbal Behavior from the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International in 2015.