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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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Promoting Potential

Promoting Potential

(p.290) 10 Promoting Potential
Genes, Brains, and Human Potential

Ken Richardson

Columbia University Press

Chapter 10 considers attempts to promote human potential, and analyzes the concepts of genes and environments underlying them. It contrasts the emerging dynamical systems framework with traditional “input-output” models of causes and interventions. The chapter explains why interventions have been disappointing because those underlying concepts are crude. Instead it indicates how the properties of individuals in dynamical systems stem from properties of the (social) system, not from deficiencies in individuals.

Keywords:   genetic engineering, horticultural view, deprivation/enrichment, class relations, disengagement

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