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

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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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About the Author

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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307704443
Author:
Shenk, David
Publisher:
Random House Audio
Read by:
Deakins, Mark
Read:
Deakins, Mark
Author:
Deakins, Mark
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Psychology-Cognitive Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Four CD
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
6.12x5.40x1.15 in. .35 lbs.
Media Run Time:
300

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