A University of Otago professor is set to join such
esteemed company as Bill Clinton and Jane Goodall after being
chosen to take part in a set of conferences which have racked
up more than a billion views online.
Emeritus Prof Jim Flynn said he hoped being chosen to give a
''TED Talk'' at Long Beach in California would expose a new
audience to his research and books.
In his 18-minute presentation on March 1, Prof Flynn will
encapsulate his last 30 years of research and discuss IQ
gains in modern society - a phenomenon known as the ''Flynn
He will also discuss his latest findings, discussed his book
Are We Getting Smarter?, published last year,
suggesting women were not only as intelligent as men, but
superior when it came to executive function.
If the organisers of the TED conferences were happy with his
talk it would be put on the web, exposing it to tens of
thousands of viewers. The talks, which include presentations
from celebrities, scientists, politicians and leaders of the
corporate world, passed a billion online views last year.
Prof Flynn said it would be ''very nice to get the exposure''
should the video be put online.
''You hope some [of the audience] are publishers that may be
interested in your next book and a lot are readers that may
Prof Flynn said he had more books in the works - including
one on United States foreign policy and another on climate
change - and despite turning 79 in April, he had no plans to
Prof Flynn will give a preview of his ''TED Talk'' at 1pm on
February 13 in the Archway 2 lecture theatre at Otago