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Evolved human giftedness: Reclaiming science from ideology, dogmatism, and self-serving bias
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Lifelong learning/Encell.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5498-9649
2018 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The lack of consensus of how to define both giftedness and talent has haunted both practice and research for a long time. Increasing understanding, usually the hallmark of science, is largely missing. This book explores likely reasons for stagnation. This is by no means unique to this particular field. The problems are more troubling for giftedness and talent scholars, however, than for researchers and practitioners in other areas of scholarly pursuit. The reason is a worldwide demand for high-achieving behavior and performance as a direct result of the New World Order. The global knowledge economy has demanding objectives but frequently fails to understand how to implement them by any other means than by legislation and policy. This has unfortunate consequences for society. To understand why the research field has turned largely inert one must understand, and also acknowledge, the dynamics of social evolution which, for the sake of group cohesion, will always prompt dogmatism, bias, and unaware choices in response to the demands of environment. Importantly, rising to scholarly fame and recognition unavoidably has a corrupting influence because of physiological changes occurring to the one being subject to such change. The resulting challenge to scholars and practitioners is, therefore, a formidable one. Not only does the research field need to rethink much of its currently accepted knowledge, gifted education will also need to reinvent itself. If not, it risks fading into oblivion due to the emerging possibilities of widely available artificially induced performance enhancement, which is creating new standards of achievement in both education and on the labor market.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ulm, Germany: The Interantional Centre for Innovation in Education (ICIE) , 2018, 1. , p. 130
Keywords [en]
Giftedness, talent, dogmatism, ideological bias, group think, econocracy, knowledge economy, academic career, social evolution, human nature, cultural bias, cultural hegemony, excellence, performance enhancement, deliberate practice, heritability, artificial intelligence
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Social Sciences Psychology Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-40191ISBN: 978-1-988768-11-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-40191DiVA, id: diva2:1217297
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