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The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything Youve Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong by David ShenkWith irresistibly persuasive vigor, David Shenk debunks the long-standing notion of genetic “giftedness,” and presents dazzling new scientific research showing how greatness is in the reach of every individual.
DNA does not make us who we are. “Forget everything you think you know about genes, talent, and intelligence,” he writes. “In recent years, a mountain of scientific evidence has emerged suggesting a completely new paradigm: not talent scarcity, but latent talent abundance.”
Integrating cutting-edge research from a wide swath of disciplines—cognitive science, genetics, biology, child development—Shenk offers a highly optimistic new view of human potential. The problem isnt our inadequate genetic assets, but our inability, so far, to tap into what we already have. IQ testing and widespread acceptance of “innate” abilities have created an unnecessarily pessimistic view of humanity—and fostered much misdirected public policy, especially in education.
The truth is much more exciting. Genes are not a “blueprint” that bless some with greatness and doom most of us to mediocrity or worse. Rather our individual destinies are a product of the complex interplay between genes and outside stimuli-a dynamic that we, as people and as parents, can influence.
This is a revolutionary and optimistic message. We are not prisoners of our DNA. We all have the potential for greatness.
The genius in all of us
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M ozart was nothing special, and Michael Jordan doesn't have magical powers. They just worked really, really hard. Some familiar studies are wheeled out to show that determination, practice and a willingness to fail are what counts: the marshmallow test; the evidence that cabbies' brains adapt to fit in more information; the experiment showing that students praised for their effort are more intellectually adventurous than students told they are clever. There's some fresher material, too. But rather than championing nurture and downplaying nature, he paints a picture in which genes and environment interact in a much more complicated way. We're jukeboxes, he says. If you're sceptical that we can upgrade the goods we're born with, read up on epigenetics: the science of the tiny proteins bound up with our DNA, which, scientists say, can be altered by lifestyle and subsequently pass on traits to the next generation.
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