The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Genetics, Talent, and IQ

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 9, 2010 - Psychology - 288 pages
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Is true greatness obtainable from everyday means and everyday genes? Conventional wisdom says no, that a lucky few are simply born with certain gifts. The new science of human potential suggests otherwise. Forget everything you think you know about genes, talent, and intelligence, and take a look at the amazing new evidence.

Here, interweaving cutting-edge research from numerous scientific fields, David Shenk offers a new view of human potential, giving readers more of a sense of ownership over their accomplishments, and freeing parents from the bonds of genetic determinism. As Shenk points out, our genes are not a “blueprint” that dictate individual destinies. Rather we are all the product of interplay between genes and outside stimuli—a dynamic that we can influence. It is a revolutionary and life-changing message.
 

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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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User Review  - vguy - LibraryThing

Clear informative argument for the "perspiration" view of talent. Though where the talent in my immediate family comes from remains a mystery. None of us are of the "Practice makes perfect" persuasion. Read full review

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Contents

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CHAPTER THREE
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CHAPTER FOUR
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CHAPTER FIVE
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CHAPTER SEVEN
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CHAPTER EIGHT
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CHAPTER NINE
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Ted Williams Field
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Bibliography
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Acknowledgments
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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 TheAtlantic.com, and has contributed to National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, Gourmet, Harper’s, The New Yorker, NPR, and PBS.


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