Icon Books £8.99
The Genius in All of Us, By David Shenk
Dash it! No more excuses for not being brilliant
Sunday 30 January 2011
The big idea in this book is that talent is not a matter of genetic endowment, but of an ongoing interaction between genes and environment.
The nature/nurture debate is therefore dead (or should be). "Genius" isn't a miraculous gift, but the result of hard work and a perfectionist attitude. David Shenk punctures the myth of Mozart's unearned genius – he was trained hard as musician and composer from an early age. Shenk also blows out of the water all those studies that show amazing similarities between twins reared apart – easily accounted for by coincidence and selection of data. The only trouble with this readable and well-researched book is that it leaves us no excuse for not being geniuses. We just didn't work hard enough.
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