Unsettling research on intelligence

Think of the implications:

Decades of genetics research have shown…that people are born with different hereditary potentials for intelligence and that these genetic endowments are responsible for much of the variation in mental ability among individuals.

Last spring an international team of scientists headed by Robert Plomin of the Institute of Psychiatry in London announced the discovery of the first gene linked to intelligence. Of course, genes have their effects only in interaction with environments, partly by enhancing an individual’s exposure or sensitivity to formative experiences.

Differences in general intelligence, whether measured as IQ or, more accurately, as g are both genetic and environmental in origin–just as are all other psychological traits and attitudes studied so far, including personality, vocational interests and societal attitudes. This is old news among the experts. The experts have, however, been startled by more recent discoveries.

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8 Responses to “Unsettling research on intelligence”

  1. dearieme February 1, 2012 at 16:01 Permalink

    “The experts have, however, been startled by more recent discoveries”: what more recent discoveries?

  2. Moggsy February 1, 2012 at 16:07 Permalink

    Yes.. it reads like you left out the rest of the post..

    Or ^_^ “they” got you mid post…

    Just aiting to see if you post again.

  3. James Higham February 1, 2012 at 16:55 Permalink

    “what more recent discoveries”

    That’s where you hit the link and find out. :)

  4. A K Haart February 1, 2012 at 18:51 Permalink

    I wonder how intelligent the researchers are and if it matters.

  5. You know who February 1, 2012 at 23:43 Permalink

    The only problem is that its illegal to kill stupid, violent and fertile immigrants then? The law-makers must be stupid.

  6. dearieme February 2, 2012 at 01:11 Permalink

    I first read a few psychology Pelicans in the mid 60s – Eysenck was the IQ man then. There’s been little said since that wasn’t in them.

  7. Moggsy February 2, 2012 at 08:18 Permalink

    Well for a start , no matter what, I do think it is inevitable that education and fluency in the language the test is set has some influence over the result of an IQ test, plus the score any individual gets can vary over a few points anway, Also I read over time.

    So I do believe any such tests are in danger of measuring at least a little both intelligence aaand educational attainment. Also they are averages and that can be misleading.

    In anything other than a nomadic society, lack of education amoung women and lack of consideration for their rights and opportunities and even lack of wealth and sanitation also tend to equate with high birth rates and low IQ scores.

    Maybe they should graph IQ based on those things

    Because of differnt birth rates any population tested will tend to skew towards the less educated, I do wonder how the UK would have fared in such tests at the beginning of the 19th century.

    But the big thing a person needs to keep in mind is that intelligence is a spread like everything else in nature.

    It varies in a population from high to low in a bell curve. That is a wider curve for males than females. So any race or population is equally potentially able to produce intelligent people.

    I wonder what the maximum potentials would be and how they might compare, I bet they would be way close.

    So the “Solution” is universal actually efective education, for both sexes and women being allowed equal rights and public sanitation. Classic “low hanging fruit” stuff.

  8. James Higham February 2, 2012 at 11:57 Permalink

    equal rights and public sanitation

    Interesting combination there.

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