Genius in All of Us Why Everything You've Been Told about Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong

ISBN-10: 0385523653
ISBN-13: 9780385523653
Edition: 2010
Authors: David Shenk
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Description: With 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.  More...

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List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/9/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

With 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 disciplinescognitive science, genetics, biology, child developmentShenk offers a highly optimistic new view of human potential. 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 of humanityand 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.

David Shenk a former fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University, he has written for Harper's Wired, Salon, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker, and is an occasional commentator for NPR's "All Things Considered". He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The Argument
Introduction: The Kid
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
Epilogue: Ted Williams Field
The Evidence
Sources and Notes, Clarifications and Amplifications
Bibliography
Acknowledgments

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