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“Global Population and the Planetary Future – 2011”

• Humanity 3000 Workshop
• October 2011

Walter P. Kistler Book Award

• Dr. Laurence C. Smith
• October 2011

12th Annual Kistler Prize

• Dr. Charles A. Murray
• September 2011

Norman Myers Lecture

• Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series
• May 2011

“Global Transitions and Asia 2060” Workshop

• Taipei, Taiwan
• November 2010

Peter Ward Lecture

• Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series
• October 2010

“Managing the Future”

• Talk by Sesh Velamoor
• July 2010






Kistler Prize



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2003 Recipient

Dr. Arthur R. Jensen

Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology
University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Arthur R. Jensen, Professor Emeritus of educational psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded the 2003 Kistler Prize in recognition of his scientific research establishing the genetic basis for individual difference in human intelligence.

Born in 1923, Jensen was educated at the University of California, Berkeley (B.A.), San Diego State College (M.A.), and Columbia University (Ph.D.). His postdoctoral research was completed at the University of London with noted differential psychologist Hans J. Eysenck in the late 1950s. Jensen became a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1958, and Professor of educational psychology in 1966.

Dr. Jensen first sparked significant controversy and protest in 1969 when his article “How Much Can We Boost IQ and Scholastic Achievement?” was published in Harvard Educational Review. Among the empirically based claims of the article, which has been cited extensively in scientific and professional journals, was that individual differences in IQ result for the most part from genetic differences, with much lesser impact from environment. He provided further explication of the article’s main issues in his books Educability and Group Differences (1973), Bias in Mental Testing (1980), and Straight Talk about Mental Tests (1981). In addition, Jensen reported his ongoing research over the years in some 400 book chapters and journal articles. Dr. Jensen’s latest book, The g Factor: The Science of Mental Ability (1998), explains the psychometric, statistical, genetic, and physiological bases of g and provides refutations to all major challenges that have been brought against the concept. He has come to regard g, which is a product of genetics and human evolution, as one of the most central phenomena in all of behavioral science.


“In my opinion, a most desirable aim for the immediate future [of humanity] is to promote strict priority in recognizing the realities of individual differences, regardless of group membership … A goal I have long advocated is making public education much more radically diverse in ways that will better accommodate the great diversity of individual differences in the whole population, disregarding the current profusion of group classifications.”

—From Dr. Jensen’s acceptance speech at the 2003 Kistler Prize Banquet