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

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Doubleday, 2010 - Psychology - 302 pages
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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 disciplines—cognitive science, genetics, biology, child development—Shenk 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 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.

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This book is easy to read and interesting. - Goodreads
Decades of research have slapped the 'HOGWASH!' - Goodreads
The reference section is really well done. - Goodreads
Unfortunately, he fails to address this very premise. - Goodreads
Shenk's premise that it's not nature vs. - Goodreads

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User Review  - LaPhenix - LibraryThing

Clear and thorough. The information was fascinating and never did I feel bored or inundated with data. I appreciated that the author presented data that was contrary to his findings and explained his doubts professionally. Read full review

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This book had so much potential, but it performed abysmally. Even the organization of the book sets it up for failure. The author divides the book into 'The Argument' and 'The Evidence'. 'The Argument ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

DAVID SHENK is the national bestselling author of five previous books, including The Forgetting, Data Smog, and most recently, The Immortal Game. He is a correspondent for, and has contributed to National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, Gourmet, Harper’s, The New Yorker, NPR, and PBS.

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