Alfred Binet

Sorry kid. That guy you’re with accidentally helped eugenicists rank races like Pokemon.

6 Geniuses Who Saw Their Inventions Turn Evil

#6. Alfred Binet’s IQ Test Got Hijacked by Eugenics-Obsessed Racists

First, Binet himself knew his test wasn’t all that scientific. It came with tons of disclaimers stressing that the test does not measure static intelligence and should not be used to label people in any way. And, for the single purpose of figuring out a kid’s level of development, it worked pretty well. But then American eugenicists got hold of his work. The eugenicists loved the idea of intelligence tests because they wanted to use them to identify and weed out “the idiots” from the gene pool, which, by sheer coincidence, all happened to include anyone who wasn’t a white American. Never mind that the score can absolutely be improved with education – why burden the system with teaching children when we can just breed superior intelligence into them!

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A few modern philosophers … assert that an individual’s intelligence is a fixed quantity, a quantity which cannot be increased. We must protest and react against this brutal pessimism. … With practice, training, and above all, method, we manage to increase our attention, our memory, our judgement and literally to become more intelligent than we were before.

Alfred Binet (inventor of the IQ test), Modern Ideas About Children.

The IQ test was not designed to measure an unchangeable intelligence. Binet designed the IQ test to determine which children were not benefiting from the public schools in Paris and the schools could develop educational programs to help them get “back on track” and benefit from the educational system. (Source: The Mindsets by Carol Dweck)

Awesome things that Alfred Binet said

The French experimental psychologist Alfred Binet was famous for his work on intelligence testing, and pioneered what is now known as the IQ test. Yet for someone whose work was most memorable for quantifying mental functions, his writing is filled with a call for scientists to look beyond the numbers. In fact, he argued against many American psychologists of the time, who believed an experiment is only as good as its sample size (see L'Étude expérimentale de l'intelligence, 1903).

This passage from La suggestibilité (1900, pp. 119-120) captures it nicely:

Mere numbers cannot bring out the intimate essence of the experiment. This conviction comes naturally when one watches a subject at work. […] What things can happen! What reflections, what remarks, what feelings, or, on the other hand, what blind automatism, what absence of ideas!

The experimenter judges what may be going on in [the subject’s] mind, and certainly feels difficulty in expressing all the oscillations of a thought in a simple, brutal number, which can have only a deceptive precision. How, in fact, could it sum up what would need several pages of description!

100 Tahun Alfred Binet Meninggal

Dear Mr. Alfred Binet.

Sudah 100 tahun meninggal, karyamu masih kami nikmati sampai hari ini.

Ini tidak sengaja kutahu saat di salah satu slide bahan ujianku besok ada tanggal, 18 Oktober 1911.

Hari ini tanggal 18 Oktober 2011. Aku tadinya cuma “ngeh” tanggalnya. Lalu, kuputuskan untuk mengambil handphone dan membuka aplikasi “calculator” meskipun sebenarnya aku harus lanjut membaca slide selanjutnya. Tapi kenyataannya aku lebih senang, karena ternyata ini tepat 100 tahun Anda meninggal Pak.

Alat tesmu lucu. Aku katakan itu. Semoga aku punya kemampuan dan keinginan dan bisa mengikuti jejakmu #khayalan tingkat tinggi.


Salam cerdas dari aku, kami, yang akan UTS Kecerdasan besok. Doakan kami ya Pak Binet. :*

p.s : Kumismu lucu, serta kacamata yang Anda gunakan agak menggugah. Menggugah tanda tanya. :)

Salam kenal,


development of intelligence tests

Alfred Binet - 

  • developed a series of tests to measure the mental abilities of school children, focusing on mental abilities such as memory and distinguishing similarities/differences. 
  • discovered that brighter children performed at the same level as older children - leading him to make a distinction mental and chronological ages. 
  • used his new test to get an average score for each age level, then compared each child’s performance against a given age group’s average abilities. 
    ex: if a 10-year old got the average score of a group of 8-year olds, it has the mental age of an 8-year old, regardless of the fact it is 10 chronologically

It’s the birthday of French psychologist Alfred Binet (books by this author), born in Nice, France (1857). Early in his career, he followed other 19th-century psychologists in believing that intelligence could be gauged by taking measurements of the size of the cranium. But his own experiments over many years changed his mind and led him to look for another way to measure intelligence. In 1904, with a commission from France’s minister of public education, he began to develop an intelligence test based on a series of short tasks — such as counting coins or ordering blocks from smallest to largest. Binet’s intelligence test became the basis of what came to be known as the intelligence quotient, or IQ, test. In the United States, Binet’s test was adapted to create the first national standardized test, the Stanford-Binet.

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I created this GoAnimate video during my UMUC EDPT 635 course. It describes Alfred Binet’s impact on education and his contribution to the modern day IQ test. 

La inteligencia es la habilidad para tomar y mantener determinada dirección, adaptarse a nuevas situaciones y tener la habilidad para criticar los propios actos.
—   Alfred Binet
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Sigmung Freud, Mary Ainsworth, Deirdre Barret, Alfred Binet, Jean Piaget, Carl Jung, Hermann Ebbinghaus and Philippe Zimbardo Custom Essay You are required to identify/research compare and contrast TWO (2) psychologists among the following: Sigmung Freud, Mary Ainsworth, Deirdre Barret, Alfred Binet, Jean Piaget, Carl Jung, Hermann Ebbinghaus and Philippe Zimbardo. Reviewing a myriad of sources,…

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