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Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count

 
 
 
 
Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count
Author: Richard E. Nisbett
ISBN 13: 9780393065053
ISBN 10: 393065057
Edition: 1
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2009-02-02
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 282
List Price: $26.95
 
 

A bold refutation of the belief that genes determine intelligence.

The New York Times - Jim Holt

In Intelligence and How to Get It, [Nisbett] offers a meticulous and eye-opening critique of hereditarianism. True to its self-helplike title, the book does contain a few tips on how to boost your child's I.Q.…But its real value lies in Nisbett's forceful marshaling of the evidence, much of it recent, favoring what he calls "the new environmentalism," which stresses the importance of nonhereditary factors in determining I.Q. So fascinating is this evidence—drawn from neuroscience and genetics, as well as from studies of educational interventions and parenting styles—that the author's slightly academic prose style can be forgiven.