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Why Everything You’ve Been Told about Genetics, Talent, and IQ is Wrong with David Shenk

“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.” excerpt via David Shenks book

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Some more cool facts about David Shenk: -Davids award winning books include : The Genius in All of Us,The Forgetting,Data Smog, and The Immortal Game. (The Immortal Game and The Genius in All of Us are both available for audio here on Audible( my first choice):And on iTunes store ( note: I would not recommend using iTunes because due to particular copyright laws they do not transfer audiobooks from one device to the next , a new phone, ipod etc) And on, which is the most affordable for avid audiobook learners. LearningAlly has The Genius in All of Us, but it is read by various individuals from LearningAlly.) – He is a contributor to National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Gourmet, Harper’s, Spy, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The American Scholar, The Huffington Post, NPR, BBC and PBS. -David is a popular lecturer, a short-film director/producer

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