Nature Nurture or Neither – interesting lecture tour

“The more we know about genetics, the more important environment seems to be. A public talk by Professor Steve Jones, University College London, geneticist and popular science writer.

Professor Steve Jones will be touring New Zealand in November as guest of the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, with support from the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Professor Steve Jones looks at the implications for our big obsessions: obesity, IQ, the education system, and sporting ability.  The idea of an in-born, set IQ is dead.  Generally, we get smarter as we get older, and humans are getting smarter on average.

We are not doomed to play out the destiny our genes have scripted. We cannot blame our genes for mediocrity and bad behaviour.

It seems Shakespeare’s Prospero was wrong about Caliban when he called him “a born devil, on whose nature nurture can never stick”.”


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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