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Genes, Brains, and Human PotentialThe Science and Ideology of Intelligence$
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Ken Richardson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178426

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178426.001.0001

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Pretend Genes

Pretend Genes

(p.35) 2 Pretend Genes
Genes, Brains, and Human Potential

Ken Richardson

Columbia University Press

Chapter 2 is about the peculiar, and largely mythical, model of the gene at the roots of the contemporary conception of intelligence, and exposes the flawed methods of inquiry (and results) developed around it. The chapter describes the unlikely assumptions adopted in the statistical models through which knowledge of the genes is inferred. The many misinterpretations of concepts like heritability are criticised and clarified.

Keywords:   Mendel, polygenic, heritability, additive, interactive

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