The book

The author

  • David Shenk is the national bestselling author of five previous books, including The Forgetting ("remarkable" - Los Angeles Times), Data Smog ("indispensable" - New York Times), and The Immortal Game ("superb" - Wall Street Journal). He is a correspondent for, and has contributed to National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, Gourmet, Harper's, The New Yorker, NPR, and PBS.

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May 14, 2010


Well, he's wrong and the studies are wrong... they are terrible unsophisticated, they are testing very simple behavior, they don't look at socialization, parenting, and there's not a lot to test in the rats higher learning skills.
People, and rats, get damaged by their environment and the offspring of those people and rats live in the environment their parents created.
There is a lot of science that documents the damage of a poor environment and the difficulties in coming out short in genetics: the physical, mental, moral health... there are genetic predispositions and then there are the marks from the influence of the envirments.
To draw conclusion on the rat study is to examine the complexity of aerial navigation with paper airplanes carrying live fleas.
Not a good advertisement for the book.
A much better one: Nature via Nurture by Matt Ridley

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