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The genius in all of us : new insights into genetics, talent, and IQ

Author: David Shenk
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Anchor books edView all editions and formats
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DNA does not make us who we are. Journalist David Shenk debunks the long-standing notion of genetic "giftedness, " and presents new scientific research showing how greatness is in the reach of every individual. Integrating cutting-edge research from a wide swath of disciplines, Shenk maintains the problem isn't our inadequate genetic assets, but our inability, so far, to tap into what we already have. IQ testing and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Shenk
ISBN: 9780307387301 0307387305
OCLC Number: 708243945
Description: xii, 380 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: The myth of gifts. Genes 2.0 : how genes really work ; Intelligence is a process, not a thing ; The end of "giftedness" (and the true source of talent) ; The similarities and dissimilarities of twins ; Prodigies and late bloomers ; Can white men jump? : ethnicity, genes, culture, and success --
Cultivating greatness. How to be a genius (or merely great) ; How to ruin (or inspire) a kid ; How to foster a culture of excellence ; Genes 2.1 : how to improve your genes --
Ted Williams Field --
The evidence.
Responsibility: David Shenk.

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DNA does not make us who we are. Journalist David Shenk debunks the long-standing notion of genetic "giftedness, " and presents new scientific research showing how greatness is in the reach of every individual. Integrating cutting-edge research from a wide swath of disciplines, Shenk maintains the problem isn't 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--and fostered much misdirected public education policy. The truth is much more exciting: 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.

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