In a recent study(World largest brain study to date), it has became apparent that not only the physical characteristics in regards to shape and size
of the brain are related to specific genes, but now also includes intelligence.
"Our individual centers couldn’t review enough brain scans to obtain definitive results,” said Thompson, who is also a professor of psychiatry at
the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. “By sharing our data with Project ENIGMA, we created a sample large enough to
reveal clear patterns in genetic variation and show how these changes physically alter the brain."
The article then goes on to say...
DNA is comprised of four bases: A, C, T and G. People whose HMGA2 gene held a letter “C” instead of “T” on that location of the gene possessed
larger brains and scored more highly on standardized IQ tests.
Link to article:
New Genes Linked to Brain Size, Intelligence
This is extremely important, for it brings a multitude of questions to the table... many of which deserve aspects of morality in using the information
for 'the good of the people'.
As we all know, every little scientific finding, eventually leads to a justification in reasoning, and then is often applied in regards to innovation,
advancing as a society, and the way that we view another in determining the best means for a better tomorrow.
This now brings such topics to the table... such as the taboo 'Eugenics'
Eugenics is the "applied science or the bio-social movement which advocates the use of practices aimed at improving the genetic composition of a
population", usually referring to the manipulation of human populations. The origins of the concept of eugenics began with certain
interpretations of Mendelian inheritance, and the theories of August Weismann. Historically, many of the practitioners of eugenics viewed eugenics
as a science, not necessarily restricted to human populations; this embraced the views of Darwinism and Social Darwinism.
Another important topic... is the recognition that Nature and not souly 'Nurture' has an very important role as to the apparent 'intelligence' of
individuals. Which then brings up important questions, as to the way that we see and treat another.
Is it now possible to reason that any observation of another person who appears to be less intelligent, is not to be correlated with the observed
persons work ethics, want or desire to being more 'intelligent'. I say this, because I have witnessed that many people think that those who are on the
lower side of the 'intelligence' scale, do so willingly.
Can we now just simply say, "That person is less intelligent, and it is not their fault"?
How far can this paradigm be taken, and used as sustenance in any argument in the defense of those who appear or even in fact are 'less
It is important to recognize the difference between intelligence and wisdom and morality, so they not be included in any following conversations...
that is... for there's only a limited amount of information out so far. Yes, reasoning, justifying, and emotions are in fact a construct of the
brain... and may plausibly be argued to adhere to the very same principal. Yet, I feel that some caution is to be taken before addressing this aspect
of the conversation, for 'Nurture' plays a significant role in the strengthening of neural connections in relation to behavioral patterns...
I'm not by any means all that well versed on the topic... so maybe if there is anybody that is, I would appreciate any input that you may
So what does ATS think!?! This is big news, and its importance will undoubtedly not go unnoticed in the coming future.
edit on 15-4-2012 by MESSAGEFROMTHESTARS because: clarification