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

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 scientificWith 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 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.
The Genius in All of Us Why Everything You ve Been Told About Genetics Talent and IQ Is Wrong 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 ind

  • Title: The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong
  • Author: David Shenk
  • ISBN: 9780385523653
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. In my opinion, this book is superb, but many vehemently disagree. Shenk examines Nature vs. Nurture in the light of modern science and makes the argument that genes have less control over our outcome than has been popularly believed. But he doesn’t contend that environment is the sole influence on outcomes, either. Genius and giftedness are misunderstood, according to Shenk, and the capacity for high level performance is not left to fate. Reviews in have chastised Shenk as a naïve romantic, [...]

    2. I've long noticed that people who say they "aren't creative" never seem to actually try to do anything creative. They admire different things I've made, then shake their heads and say "But I could never do that, because I'm not creative." I've never actually said anything to those people, but I always walk away with a tinge of annoyance. Creativity is a thing you DO, not a thing you ARE. Sure, you probably won't be able to sit down and make a masterpiece your first time out, but you know what? N [...]

    3. After just completing a review of intro biology.dna makes rna makes protein, I enjoyed the explanation of the GxE (genes interact with environment to create traits) theory. I get it, and the evidence provided for this theory seems solid. The idea that intelligence (not just intellectual, but any of the 9+ proposed by psychologists, e.g Howard Gardner) is not an innate gift, but rather results from a process, is quite compelling. Interesting how a number of reviewers and critics interpret this as [...]

    4. This book had so much potential, but it performed abysmally. Even the organization of the book sets it up for failure. The author divides the book into 'The Argument' and 'The Evidence'. 'The Argument' is 134 pages including the epilogue. 'The Evidence' is 143 pages. At first glance, this seems pretty awesome - look at how much evidence there is to support what this guy claims - FANTASTIC. Only, not so. The so called evidence is nothing more than his chapter notes. 143 pages of notes on 134 page [...]

    5. He's sugarcoating everything. You know when he uses as a central quote someone saying "genetics doesn't code for parts of the nervous system, and definitely not parts of personality" that something's fishy and the whole story isn't being told. Genetics does code for the development of our brains to great extent. The USE of those brain parts does effect size, but if you happen to have a genetically-more-apt specific part, things are just gonna be a lot easier for you from the get-go than somebody [...]

    6. Everybody needs to read this amazing book,David Shenk takes us on a tour de force to understanding exceptional performance,and the reasons why we too can reach all the way to the top. What an exciting book! Inspiring and liberating! David Shenk handily dispels the myth that one must be born a genius. Anybody can be a genius,just find your motivation,and give it all. You have to want it,want it so bad you will never give up like Ben Franklin,Jerry Rice,Ted Williams,Mozart,The Polgar sisters in ch [...]

    7. I think all of us probably know someone with superior intelligence who was born to parents of just average intelligence. How does that happen? In The Genius in All of Us , author David Shenk attempts to show the reader why genius is not all about the genes we were born with. Shenk explains why intelligence is more of a combination of genes and the environment we were raised in, along with outside stimuli, that determines our potential for greatness. Sadly, the majority of us never reach our pote [...]

    8. This book was really good and quite similar to another book I've read called, "Talent is Overrated." It basically says that our genes alone don't determine our intelligence or how good we can become in any particular activity. We become genius in anything based on a basic genetic ability, but also hard work and practice. The book calls this dynamic development. If you do any activity for 10,000 hours you can become awesome in this skill. 10,000 hours takes 10 years of 3 hours a day. It entails d [...]

    9. Interviewed by Michael Krasny (who never quite "got" the fundamental message, it seemed) on KQED Forum. About 48 minutes; recorded 18 March 2010; available here at KQED as an MP3 download or streaming audio.Seemed several times to be extraordinary similar to Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers. But Gladwell, while a great popularizer, sometimes doesn't quite get the science right. At least that's what Steven Pinker claimed in a dust-up in early 2010. Moreover, Shenk sets aside half of his book for "evid [...]

    10. My five-star rating reflects the importance of this book. Our genes really don't dictate our ability to achieve greatness. Instead, what we inherit is multiplied (not added to) environmental factors. We have less control over our environment than we may think, which means it is vital that our schools and society figure out how to motivate each child to achieve well in the ways that are fascinating to them. Way too many of us settle for mediocrity, believing the myth that only a few are destined [...]

    11. Tác giả đánh giá quá thấp các khả năng bẩm sinh - gần 0% theo như lời tác giả - trong khi không chỉ ra được thí nghiệm hoặc thống kê nào để chứng minh cho con số đó . Đồng thời ông còn cho rằng một số đặc điểm (cả về hình dáng như màu mắt , màu tóc ) đều chịu ảnh hưởng của môi trường mà bỏ qua một sự thực là những trường hợp đó rất hiếm . Tác giả có nêu ra những thần đ [...]

    12. Firstly, don't dismiss this book as too demanding and scientific to be of interest. It's not dry, boring, condescending, or complicated, so you can't use those as excuses to avoid it. Secondly, this book is interesting, very accessible, and will likely change the way you think about talent, giftedness, and inherited genes. Which is a very good reason to give it a read.But this is not a light read, either - probably not something you would take to the beach or read on that flight from Chicago to [...]

    13. This was a mind-blowing book. Shenk argues that the environment really does impact and change your genetic makeup. He presents a solid blow to the idea that we're simply stuck with the genes we receive from our parents, and analyzes clones, twins, child protégées (Mozart features heavily), and more, showing that through determination and hard work, the ordinary person can train themselves to be extraordinary.He finally (in my view) settles the racial IQ gap, as well as the rich/poor IQ gap (wh [...]

    14. Certainly an interesting way of looking at genetic impact on intelligence and talent, but I'm not convinced of much after reading the book - and I'm not certain the author is either. The blurb "a thinking man's Outliers" was misleading: Shenk's book is divided into two parts (narrative argument and what Shenk calls "evidence"), the evidence is basically a regurgitation of the argument with the addition of in-line citations and notes - hardly compelling. Shenk definitely borrows Gladwell's recipe [...]

    15. Especially liked the layperson's description of how the brain is built for continual growth; enjoyed the first half better than the second halfe recommendations for giving parents/students/colleagues concrete ways to move neuroscience research into learning in the classroom and home are really helpful.

    16. This author seems deeply western minded and covertly biased towards western/European cultures. I enjoyed reading this book until chapter 9 - "how to foster a culture of excellence." At one point, he insinuates that African universities aren't as advanced as western universities.His depiction of excellence only rests with all that is European/western and excludes the contributions of other cultures to art, science, technology, etc. Especially African culture. I agree with his main thesis - genius [...]

    17. I enjoyed reading this. It's nothing new if you already follow this sort of thing, but I like to read this stuff from time to time anyway. It kind of inspires me. Shenk's style is easy-to-read and engaging. He describes science in a very nicely digestible way without dumbing it down too much or exaggerating what is knowable. A very good book to read if you are interested in the subjects of neuroplasticity and human development. It will make you want to work harder on your goals.

    18. Super inspiring on how what I do in my life can change my epigenetics. But it's still really tough getting anything in my civics class done. Still amazing and I learned so much more about what I can do through my life to change my future. Like I should study instead of watching Harry Potter dank memes and work on my craftsmanship. Let's kill em sahil

    19. Apesar de eu sentir que esse livro tem uma forte tendencia meio moralista de confortar as pessoas dizendo que todos podem ser geniais, é muito bem. Se apoia em algumas evidências e experimentos de neurociência. Vale a pena ler pelo conhecimento e talvez até pela motivação que ele possa trazer para você tentar ser genial em alguma área.

    20. A good book but note that it is only 138 pagesof actual narrative, the rest of the book is notes and sources.

    21. Really fascinating book. Well compiled research from multiple sciences all over the world that makes for a compelling argument for Genetics x Environment rather than Genetics + Environment. Nature AND Nature. This will stick with me for a while. And the epilogue is inspiring even though this is decidedly not a do-it-yourself or self-help book.

    22. Short (main section) but enjoyable read. I do agree that his section on "evidence" could have been organised/presented better so that it does not seem so much like the reference section.

    23. this book really takes a look, from a scientific perspective, on what it means to have talent, develop talent, cultivate genius, and what that means for ourselves as people and ourselves as parents. it turns out that our genes are not fixed, they are dynamic and changing, so genetic determinism and making excuses because you weren't born with a certain talent are no longer valid. even those typical, historical "geniuses" put basically their whole lives since infancy, all their spare moments, to [...]

    24. As other reviewers have observed, the entire second half of David Shenk’s book consists of extensive endnotes. In fact, I’d say that despite being marketed as a work of popular science, _The Genius in All of Us_ wants to be much more. The second half of Shenk’s text is intended, no doubt, to be useful to academics and other researchers. Although I am a professor—and I read this volume with an eye to how its lessons might inform my classroom pep speeches—I doubt that I’ll be crafting [...]

    25. After reading this book, I've had this nagging notion that the title is a bit misleading. Genes are important but they alone do not determine giftedness. There are a lot of ways children display giftedness and most will not be identified by a test. As an educator, who has worked with gifted students as well as with those labeled as having a learning disability, I have identified children who learned quickly and those who learned slowly because of their genes. Time and time again, I noted that th [...]

    26. There have been large swaths of well-funded biomedical research dedicated to looking for 'silver bullets' in the genome as predictors/descriptors of some disease or disorder. A silver bullet in this case would constitute mutation of a specific gene that correlates with certain disease phenotype(s). Much of these efforts are based largely on a combination of imaginative statistics and the hope that simple answers might be found for very hard, complicated questions. The problem here is that despit [...]

    27. Wow. David Shenk's "The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ is Wrong" is one of those books that has the ability to revolutionize the way you think, how you live your life, and how you raise your children. I only read the first part, "The Argument." I opted out of the second part, "The Evidence," because it was approximately 140 pages of detailed footnotes on the first approximately 140 pages. Honestly, it seemed a little excessive and I felt I mus [...]

    28. This provocative book suggests an alternative perspective on the nurture vs nature debate, and goes as far as to reconcile the two. Shenk suggests that the general conception of genes being the be all of one's physical and mental makeup is a myth. He uses a panoply of references and a list of examples filled with bona fide geniuses to drive home his point. What we regard as genius is not the product of a spontaneous genetic paradigm, but the result of a life long obsession. For genius to emerge, [...]

    29. An challenging and encouraging argument for not regarding our talents as 'innate' (a taboo concept in this book) and altogether abandoning the phrase 'nature vs nurture'. Schenk and his 'Interactionist' cohorts prefer GxE (Genes/general intelligence interacts with environmental factors); genes don't cause traits, they merely influence the system. Our 22,000 genes are not 'passive instruction models' but are more like 'volume knobs and switches' - dynamic - which 'can be turned on/off/up/down at [...]

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