from the International Society for Intelligence Research Conference in Melbourne Australia. NO EMBARGO.
The story so far is that the DNA of 2,200 extremely intelligent people has been handed over to the Beijing Genetics Institute, so that they can work out the genetics of genius. The preliminary results are to be presented at the Melbourne conference.
The abstracts of the relevant papers are pretty cagey, not to say inscrutable. Deducing whether they have found anything is like working out the power relationships in the Chinese Politburo. The news is that they are still crunching the data on these 2,200 very high ability persons. However, as a warm up they have looked at the top 3% scorers on the cognitive assessments administered to 3 million 18-year-old males as part of compulsory military service in Sweden 1950-1990.
They identified 370,00 sibling pairs and 9,000 twin pairs. The top 3% of intelligence composite scores was familial, heritable, and caused by the same genetic and environmental factors responsible for the normal distribution of intelligence. These results imply that any genetic effects identified in the HiQ project will not be ‘genes for genius’; rather, they will apply to IQ throughout the distribution, including low IQ.
So, not exactly the keys of the inner keep of the castle, but a useful impression of the keys to the outer walls. Genius will probably be just more of what constitutes intelligence for the rest of us. By the way, they are still looking for more highly intelligent subjects. Tell them I recommended that you apply.
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