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`In this remarkably economical, clear and informed book, Mike Howe... sets about unravelling the formidable semantic, logical and empirical knots into which IQ testers and their supporters have tied themselves.... Howe suggests that we have, for decades, been asking the wrong kinds of questions. He points to the number of alternative, theoretically richer, views of human intelligence that don't reduce all to a single dimension... this is rendered with an easy, readable style which assumes no previous technical knowledge' - British Journal of Educational Psychology In this provocative and accessible book, Michael Howe exposes serious flaws in our most widely accepted beliefs about intelligence. He shows that cr
Chapter 7: Genetics and Intelligence
Genetics and Intelligence
That people's lives are differently affected by their genes is apparent when we see the reaction to a beautiful young woman entering a restaurant. Eyes turn towards her and waiters smile and rush to help, but the person who follows her into the restaurant gets a different response. That example illustrates just one of many ways in which genetic differences between people contribute to the fact that two individuals can occupy the identical place at the same time, and yet experience it very differently. A child living in Nazi Germany is spat upon because she is Jewish. A black American is spurned by bigots who believe that blacks are lazy. For both these individuals, genetics will have influenced the life ...