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On dissecting the genetic basis of behaviour and intelligence

By Angus John Clarke


In this chapter, I argue that it is inappropriate at present to pursue research into the genetic basis of ‘intelligence’ and of other behavioural traits in humans. I do not think that such research should be prohibited, nor that we should ignore research findings that emerge from other studies and that give us insight into these areas, but I doubt the wisdom of conducting research designed specifically to identify ‘genes’ or ‘genetic variation’ that contributes substantially to the normal variation in human cognitive abilities and behaviours. Set out below are the various arguments that have brought me to this judgement, probably as much from temperament as deliberation. These considerations can be arranged on a variety of different levels: [...

Topics: R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2004
DOI identifier: 10.1017/CBO9780511541698.012
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