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The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You Have Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong
By Mark Deakins (narrator) and David Shenk
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House
Publication date March 9, 2010
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780307704443
ISBN-10 0307704440
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.25 by 6.25 in.
Weight 0.35 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $30.00
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product 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. “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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