Welcome to this special audio feature accompanying the article “Can We Keep Getting Smarter?” by Tim Folger. I’m Scientific American’s podcast editor, Steve Mirsky.
And that’s James Flynn, the researcher prominently featured in the article. He’s the discoverer of what’s called the Flynn Effect, the consistent rise in IQ’s over time around the world.
On July 10, 2012, Flynn visited the Scientific American offices, where he chatted with a group of editors. What follows is an edited version of that discussion. The first voice you’ll hear is senior editor Michael Moyer, who asks Flynn about his latest book, titled “Are We Getting Smarter?” You’ll also hear me and senior editor Gary Stix.