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Genes, Brains, and Human Potential: The Science and Ideology of Intelligence

Ken Richardson


For countless generations people have been told that their potential as humans is limited and fundamentally unequal. The social order, they have been assured, is arranged by powers beyond their control. More recently the appeal has been to biology, specifically the genes, brain sciences, the concept of intelligence, and powerful new technologies. Reinforced through the authority of science and a growing belief in bio-determinism, the ordering of the many for the benefit of a few has become more entrenched. Yet scientists are now waking up to the influence of ideology on research and its interp ... More

Keywords: Intelligence, systems, genes, brains, cognition, development, evolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780231178426
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231178426.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ken Richardson, author
Open University (former)