01 07 11 - 13:54
Edward O. Wilson is probably the dominant theorist in neuroscience today. He once said in an interview -- he probably would never write this as clearly -- he said every human brain is born, not as a blank slate waiting to be filled in by experience, but as a negative -- as in the film, negative in a camera -- that is waiting to be dipped into developer fluid. And the idea is, it can be developed well, it can be developed badly, according to the environment. But no matter how it's developed, you're not going to get any more than is on that negative at birth. Which, of course, gets into the whole theory of genetics and things like hard-wiring of the brain and so on. - Tom Wolfe
Great metaphor; the brain is potential that can be either developed or damaged, but the level of potential never changes.
The proles wish otherwise of course. That way, any person and every person can be Superman, if they just work hard enough!