Tuesday, June 9, 2009

More on the nature vs. nurture debate regarding IQ.

Here's an interesting Op-Ed piece from the Saturday New York Times reporting on a new book called Intelligence and How to Get It by University of Michigan psychology professor Richard Nisbett in which the good doctor argues that "success depends less on intellectual endowment than on perseverance and drive."

Here's an excerpt from the NYT's piece:

In the mosaic of America, three groups that have been unusually successful are Asian-Americans, Jews and West Indian blacks — and in that there may be some lessons for the rest of us.

. . . . .

These three groups may help debunk the myth of success as a simple product of intrinsic intellect, for they represent three different races and histories. In the debate over nature and nurture, they suggest the importance of improved nurture — which, from a public policy perspective, means a focus on education. Their success may also offer some lessons for you, me, our children — and for the broader effort to chip away at poverty in this country.

Read the rest of the article here.

I am the scholarship dude.



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