Rethinking Intelligence: A Radical New Understanding of Our Human Potential


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5.82 X 8.55 X 0.9 inches | 0.74 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Rina Bliss is an associate professor of sociology at Rutgers University. Her research explores the personal and societal significance of emerging genetic sciences. Rina has written two books: Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice, revealing how genomics became today's new science of race; and Social by Nature: The Promise and Peril of Sociogenomics, which traces convergences in social and genetic science and their implications for healthcare, education, criminal justice, and policymaking.


"Rethinking Intelligence decisively debunks the resilient belief that we are born with a measurable level of intelligence that ranks us against one another. In its place, Rina Bliss offers a fascinating guide not only for breaking away from this limiting ideology but also for embracing a more expansive, collaborative, and equitable approach to unlocking our minds' potential."
-- Dorothy Roberts, Director, Penn Program on Race, Science & Society and author of Fatal Invention

"In the best way, Dr. Bliss pushes us to rethink common notions of intelligence and success that repeatedly are thrust on children. In a world obsessed with scores, rankings, and competition as the basis for success, Rethinking Intelligence is a refreshing and much-needed shake up of how we understand intelligence. This book is a welcome guide for parents, educators and leaders in many fields, and firmly debunks the idea that a score could ever tell the full story of a person." -- Tovah Klein, PhD, Director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and author of How Toddlers Thrive

"Rina Bliss envisions a future society where we can recognize new human potentials, free from the restrictions of intelligence tests that limit our educational and career opportunities. Rethinking Intelligence is a call for educators, policy makers, and business leaders to abandon standardized testing. It is a manifesto for creating a world where curiosity and innovation can flourish. -- Eben Kirksey, University of Oxford, author of The Mutant Project

"Rina Bliss writes with unmatched insight and compassion, offering a deeply researched and personal look at the suffocating investment in IQ as a metric of human value, and offering a powerful new paradigm for cultivating growth, connection, and creativity. Rethinking Intelligence is essential reading for all who care about the future of learning in a world that requires us to cultivate greater awareness and connection." -- Ruha Benjamin, Professor of African American studies at Princeton University and author of Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want

"In Rethinking Intelligence, Dr. Bliss points out the perils of IQ testing and offers a way for society to broaden our notions of human potential, allowing more children the opportunities they need to truly self-actualize." -- Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, Founder and Director of the Center for Human Potential, Professor at Columbia University, and author of Ungifted and Transcend

"In a time when the education system is so broken, Rethinking Intelligence is a must-read for every parent and educator to rethink the way we view intelligence and how we are fostering intellectual growth in our children. A spectacular, engaging book." -- Caroline Maguire, M.ed., author of Why Will No One Play With Me?