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The Genius in All of Us by David Shenk
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Jul 27, 11

Read from June 29 to July 27, 2011

I received this book upon winning the first reads contest. David Shenk brings an interesting vantage to genetics and the raising of a "genius".

The book is split into two parts (the argument and the evidence). Shenk contends that "geniuses" are not innately born brilliant, but are brought about through hard work and practice. Furthermore, he goes on to show the interactivity between the environment and genes. The brain's plasticity and the dynamicism of genes portrays the potential everyone has to go beyond the "intended trajectory". The environment is paramount to the expression of genes, thus human development and intelligence is an ongoing process.

Shenk masterfully creates a critical analaysis that aleatory geniuses are not probable, but created through perserverance and diligence. This is an excellent read that I recommend anyone to read (especially parents and educators).

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