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Nature-nurture

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!

seven comments

What does Edward O. Wilson's brain look like?
That may be, but it's of little practical use so far. You never know what the limit of your potential is until you try. We're not at the point yet (if we will ever be) that we can just scan the brain and know the limits of its potential.

And no, you can't determine it from the achievements of your parents. It's not that simple. What does Edward O. Wilson's brain look like? (Email ) - 01-07-’11 14:42
@ What does Edward O. Wilson's brain look like?
First let me say I do agree humanity has great potential as a species, to evolve and change. I do believe that if someone never tries they can never achieve their full potential. And yes we cannot just look at a baby and say "here's the next Einstein" or "here's a fine carpenter."

However, according to every reputable intelligence researcher and mainstream science, IQ is 80% genetic and 20% nature. IQ is very much in-born like eye color. Therefore, we do know that some people can never be top scientists no matter how hard they try. I also believe leadership is inborn and natural. Leaders elected by democracy don't count for obvious reasons. I can explain if you wish. @ What does Edward O. Wilson's brain look like? - 01-07-’11 16:25
@@W...
The research is far from complete on IQ, and in any case, being genetic doesn't mean being predictable from one's family.

But more to the point, the problems of our society are not really caused by people trying to hard. Quite the contrary.

As for leadership being inborn, you can believe that, but there's no measure corresponding to IQ to prove it. @@W... (Email ) - 01-07-’11 17:11
Dave
this is a stupid idea. How can anyone receive any education if all of it is inherited as claimed. This is just authoritarian type fascism inventing reasons to "prove" people do not possess the same potential if given aid according to their need. Dave - 01-07-’11 19:26
Dave is gay
"The research is far from complete on IQ, and in any case, being genetic doesn’t mean being predictable from one’s family."

Research is never fully completed due to the nature of science. Actually it does! It has been shown that even your uncle's IQ can be correlated with your own. And so is brain size.

"As for leadership being inborn, you can believe that, but there’s no measure corresponding to IQ to prove it."

You're probably right there.

P.S.: IQ is not the most important thing to me. I just think we should sterilize mental retards. Dave is gay - 02-07-’11 06:27
Dave is gay
"But more to the point, the problems of our society are not really caused by people trying to hard. Quite the contrary."
Yea I guess I'd agree there. Dave is gay - 02-07-’11 06:30
TD
>How can anyone receive any education if all of it is inherited as claimed.

Idiot, the author didn't even claim that. If he did, point to it. TD - 04-07-’11 15:11


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