Some folk, are not going to like this . . . "the genetics of intelligence"
We can be certain that (most of) our parents did the very best that they could for us. It is presumed that most of us, are doing - have done - the very best for our own children. However . .
This sensibly reasoned, factually supported, scientific study, does establish that who we are, and what we are doing, was already 80% determined . . . when we were born . . .
The program referred to, is from BBC Radio 4. Full acknowledgment is given to the BBC's copyright.
Rather than <copy&paste> the whole BBC introduction, those interested will have to <click-to-expand> the "quote" box below, to see if it is interesting enough for them to listen to this evening, or on i-Player at a later date.
Professor Robert Plomin talks to Jim Al-Khalili about what makes some people smarter than others and why he's fed up with the genetics of intelligence being ignored. Born and raised in Chicago, Robert sat countless intelligence tests at his inner city Catholic school. College was an attractive option mainly because it seemed to pay well. Now he's one of the most cited psychologists in the world. He specialized in behavioural genetics in the mid seventies when the focus in mainstream psychology was very much on our nurture rather than our nature, and genetics was virtually taboo. But he persisted, conducting several large adoption studies and later twin studies. In 1995 he launched the biggest longitudinal twin study in the UK, the TED study of ten thousand pairs of twins which continues to this day. In this study and in his other work, he's shown consistently that genetic influences on intelligence are highly significant, much more so than what school you go to, your teachers or home environment. If only the genetic differences between children were fully acknowledged, he believes education could be transformed and parents might stop giving themselves such a hard time.
There is the opportunity to hear it (again), Tuesday 20OCT2015, at 21:30, on BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4 - The Life Scientific, Robert Plomin