Human Intelligence and National Power: A political essay in sociobiology discusses the relationship between variable intelligence in ethnic and national cultures and their political impact on the international scene. The books's argument is developed from the theory presented in Dr. Itzkoff's four-volume Evolution of Human Intelligence, also published by Peter Lang. Each national society to the extent that it reflects a fairly homogeneous ethnicity, also exhibits a unique intellectual profile. Its national intellectual capital is capable through the most advanced forms of education of rising to the capacity for abstract thought and action in meeting the techlogical requirements of modernity. National corporate intelligence will thus impact on the international community through its ecomic, military, and political power. The author applies his sociobiological model to the circumstances affecting formerly communist societies, Japan, the United States, the Third World, as well as the broader international scene.
The Author: Seymour W. Itzkoff was trained in music, the philosophy of science, and educational theory. He is the author of eleven books in various disciplines, including his much-praised four-volume series on the evolution of human intelligence, now to be also published in Spanish by Julio Yanez, Barcelona, Spain. Professor Itzkoff, who teaches at Smith College, is General Editor of a new series of books on human evolution and behavior, to be published by Peter Lang. His current research interests are focused on the relationship of Homo sapiens' unique biological heritage as now expressed in our social and cultural behavior and institutions. Itzkoff hopes to show that by attending to humanity's biological nature, we may be able to build a more egalitarian and just international order that will permanently fulfill Homo's civilizational potential.