Skip to comments.Is there a genius in all of us?
Posted on 01/13/2011 3:39:14 PM PST by decimon
Where do athletic and artistic abilities come from? With phrases like "gifted musician", "natural athlete" and "innate intelligence", we have long assumed that talent is a genetic thing some of us have and others don't.
But new science suggests the source of abilities is much more interesting and improvisational. It turns out that everything we are is a developmental process and this includes what we get from our genes.
A century ago, geneticists saw genes as robot actors, always uttering the same lines in exactly the same way, and much of the public is still stuck with this old idea. In recent years, though, scientists have seen a dramatic upgrade in their understanding of heredity.
They now know that genes interact with their surroundings, getting turned on and off all the time. In effect, the same genes have different effects depending on who they are talking to.
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...
Home is where you hang your genome ping.
After seeing Pelosi in action, I highly doubt that ALL would be the correct word.
Everything we are is in our power at birth. We are all gifted. I believe it's a fishbowl...The degree of expressing our gift is solely in our hands.
Not in Joe Biden. Guaranteed.
But new science suggests the source of abilities is much more interesting and improvisational.
What kind of science is that?
Since many people thought a study was needed to determine this, I’d say is’t quite safe to say not everyone is a genius.
My family has the artistic (drawing) gene. Some of us have it and some don’t. If you have it, it comes out very early and requires little schooling. My grandaughter at two could paint recognizeable portraits with hair, noses, eyes and mouths in the right place. They were recognizeable in a general way as to the person she was painting. For instance, daddy had a crew cut. Mommy had long hair. Their eye colors were correct.
My mother was a commercial artist, I have been a painter and my son also has the natural ability to draw. I even have an extra muscle in my hand from that of normal folks. I believe part of the knack is the ability to guage visual relationships, oragnize and replicate them. My Dad has absolutely no gift in that regard. My daughter has other creative gifts but not the drawing gene.
I am one who does believe that there is a strong genetic predisposition to certain talents. There seems to be a drive to do it and if you do well at it early in life, you are much more prone to develop it because it brings you creative pleasure.
VERY good question. Genius and excellence is found in many varieties. Sports, arts and performing arts give us, to quote, "vivid examples". Yet, there are less celebrated, yet cherished varieties such as leadership, visionary, meticulousness, diplomatic, amiable/friendliness, craftsmanship, warrior/soldier, on and on. It is almost a crime that there is such focus on academics as the most favored type of genius.
I am a genius. But only where it concerns annoying my co-workers.
Wile E. Coyote’s true genius was his tenacity.
Fascinating stuff. Thanks for posting it.
As a kid, you think of yourself as the Roadrunner.
As an adult, you completely realize your the Coyote!
You’ll excuse me, I have some ACME products to order.
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