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On dissecting the genetic basis of behaviour and intelligence

Clarke, Angus John 2004. On dissecting the genetic basis of behaviour and intelligence. In: Rees, D. and Rose, S. eds. The New Brain Sciences: Perils and Prospects, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 181-194. (10.1017/CBO9780511541698.012)

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Abstract

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: [...]

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521830096
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:08
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/33507

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