More and more research continues to show the impact genes play on human behavior. Time will tell how the blank slaters respond.
A massive genetics study relying on MRI brain scans and DNA samples from over 20,000 people has revealed what is claimed as the biggest effect yet of a single gene on intelligence – although the effect is small.
There is little dispute that genetics accounts for a large amount of the variation in people’s intelligence, but studies have consistently failed to find any single genes that have a substantial impact. Instead, researchers typically find that hundreds of genes contribute.
Following a brain study on an unprecedented scale, an international collaboration has now managed to tease out a single gene that does have a measurable effect on intelligence. But the effect – although measurable – is small: the gene alters IQ by just 1.29 points. According to some researchers, that essentially proves that intelligence relies on the action of a multitude of genes after all.
“It seems like the biggest single-gene impact we know of that affects IQ,” says Paul Thompson of the University of California, Los Angeles, who led the collaboration of 207 researchers. “But it’s not a massive effect on IQ overall,” he says.
Best evidence yet that a single gene can affect IQ – health – 16 April 2012 – New Scientist.
The left, especially among the skeptic/atheist movement, loves pointing to conservatives push to teach Creationism in school. While I agree that Creationism has no business being taught as science, there are more damaging policies out there that hurt education. In my opinion the most damaging ones come from left-wing ideologues.
Creationists bark loud but most of their bite has been removed by the work of scientists and skeptics. These same people however, never confront the dangerous left-wing policies that take away from science or promote pseudo-science. One big example of this, is the funding of equity and diversity staff at colleges. The Washington Examiner has a story that describes this waste. The author points out that while UCLA San Diego lost three cancer researchers to Rice University, they were able to create a position of “vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion.” Supposedly the cost of this post could have kept two of the three cancer researchers.
The left’s misguided obsession with their own ideas of equality and fairness should be confronted when it does damage to science education in this country. The fact that more science enthusiasts among the skeptic and atheist groups do not do this makes me very suspicious of their true motives.