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What about Stanford, with Lewis Terman, at that time?
I was convinced that was too limited. You know. I had a
lot of questions about the Terman view of IQ as having some kind of
absolutistic value in itself. I had questions, even as an undergraduate,
about the -- you know, the isolated genius factor.
No, I was terribly opinionated. I was not too open-minded
about things, then.
Does this mean you questioned, then, the validity of the StanfordBinet
Validity, in the sense of an absolute indicator of human
potential, yes. But I've always done that. I mean, even in my social
action phase of my schizphrenia, you know, -- somewhere along the
line, I was exposed to and took seriously human potential, as the
essential fact about the human being. You know, and I have very few
exceptions to that, and the exceptions are fortunately very limited,
and observable -- namely, the defective, the mentally defective.
And even there, I would hope that some time in the future, we would
find some way of remedying organismic, endocrinologically determined
But, once I move away from defective, mentally defective
human beings, I'm a curious kind of environmentalist. That is, I
believe that external supports and stimulation, (and certainly from my
own life, there is validation for this) can bring out in particular
individuals capacities that it's very easy to give up on before
one tries, you know.
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