Is intelligence in the gene..?

India
December 24, 2010 7:44pm CST
when we meet people we feel that the other man is intelligent and sometimes a dud.It is our perception which may be true or not.When we consider whether it is in gene to be be intelligent or not, many times we think it is in the gene.But to my surprise I came across several cases where parents are very intelligent but their children are duds.Similarly some parents are duds but their children are very intelligent.Therefore I got a doubt whether intelligence ofa person has any connection with the gene.I am not a doctor to say anything affirmative in the matter.Can any one of you clarify...?
10 responses
• Estonia
25 Dec 10
Well, I think that gene may effect the level of intelligence of a person. There are some gene diseases that can hinder the development of mental abilities. But on the other hand, without having beneficial genes, intelligence can still be developed through learning, brain capacities can be improved by training and exercises.
@brijav (12)
• Philippines
15 Jun 11
I agree to your Biomechanoid. Gene affects our own personality even our own mentality. In my experience as a teacher, I have some students that that very intelligent and if I track down their family history, I discovered that there they a pattern in inheriting intelligence. But why there is some cases that both parents is intelligent while while their offspring is not intelligence? If you know the Mendel's Law of Inheritance, this could be self explanatory. In the end, this topic ends to the age-old debate: nature vs nurture.
@spencari (265)
• Indonesia
25 Dec 10
many people having research about intelligence .. but until now still have contradiction about intelligence correlation with genetic for me it just how we can use our potential given by god wisely... someone who able to look inside their talent and practice well .. they will got some intelligence but if they lazy even having a talent they will not get anything for their life
• India
26 Dec 10
Though many view gene is responsible for intelligence but no one is sure as you rightly said.May be it contributes to a great extent.Finding out our inner potial and expoiting the inner talent is the best way to be successful in life.It is upto one self to do it.Others can help and can also encourage.Ultimately whether intelligent or a dud one should be useful to the society.
@katie0 (5204)
• Japan
25 Dec 10
i don't think so, i was called retarded constanstly when i was a child and was worse and worse at school, until i was 14 and decided i wanted to be inteligent and begun to study a lot, specially difficult stuff i was afraid at 20 to take an iq test and but the result blow my mind, i'm actually over the majority now, i really think it grew
@chowee (517)
• Philippines
26 Dec 10
Yes it could be. The intelligence of a person can be passed from one generation to another generation or it is hereditary. BUT, Intelligence can be also develop through the influence of the environment.
@wonga94 (218)
• Singapore
25 Dec 10
Hi chayapathys! I don't think that intelligence has anything to do with genes. Intelligence in something everyone has but not all shows it that well for people to notice that they're smart. There's no proof or research that shows intelligence has to with genes passed on from parent to child. I also came across cases where parents are intelligent but their children are not really as intelligent as them and vice versa. Thus, i believe that genes has nothing to do with defining whether the child is intelligent or not.
• United States
25 Dec 10
Yes and No... You can also develop intelligence from social environment... and physically can be passed down to your children... So even though a child may be a 'dud', it is very possible for that child to achieve high IQ, just by the difference in its environment around them...
• India
25 Dec 10
According to you the intelligence in the gene and as well as in the environment and that even a dud child can become intelligent by environment.I think a child can be made smart by constant training and monitoring but not by mere environment.Howver I feel that gene plays more important role...
@Qaeyious (2357)
• United States
25 Dec 10
I've often wondered about the intelligence quotient of those who pay more than $50 for a pair of genes ... Yes, sorry - bad joke, I know. Still I don't repent. The infamous nature vs nurture argument. I have no answer. Except still people object to the way I was born. Still people object to the way I was nurtured. Have I offended anyone in either way? I can do nothing more than apologize, though I have had no say in either argument, how I was bred, or how I was nurtured. Can I not be accepted for who I am? Can anyone not be accepted for who they are? Of couse not. We still got to pass the individual test of trustworthiness. and that is different for all sorts of people.
@momof3kids (1894)
• Singapore
25 Dec 10
I think nurture plays an important part. I read somewhere that all babies are born with the same 'brain content'. Its the way that you nurture the child will lead the child to be clever or as you say it, a dud. But I guess there is still a lot to be learnt about this.
@asyria51 (2861)
• United States
25 Dec 10
I think that there is some genetic predisposition to how smart a person can be. However, if that innate talent is not fostered and nourished, then that innate talent will be waste. i do not think that even the best doctors understand how genetics work, or don't work with in a family.
@toniganzon (69903)
• Philippines
25 Dec 10
It's in the genes, but not all the good genes parents have can be pass on to the child. The probability of getting a mother's genes is 90% higher than the genes that can be taken from the father. If the mother is smart, the child would be more likely to be smart but there is no guarantee because as I've said, not all child can take the good genes from the parents.