On China and IQ research

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Seems to be a real thing.

http://blog.chron.com/sciguy/2011/07/china-at-work-on-finding-the-iq-genes-and-then-what/

This research is certainly interesting. I think it's about time someone started doing this kind of work. Personally, I think finding the "ingredients" for intelligence is going to be more complex then BGI Shenzen is imagining. Nevertheless, this can only contribute to our knowledge of genetics and neuroscience.
 
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https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=678891

Hopefully this thread plays out better (and by hopefully, I mean you either provide a legitimate source, or this thread will ultimately be locked down).

All predispositions of psychology or neuroscience (essentially biological psychology) aside, I did find this piece from my psychology textbook (Psychology 8th edition by David Meyers, for the interested) to be very accurate and well written:

Psychologists debate: Should we consider intelligence as one aptitude or many? As linked to cognitive speed? As neurologically measurable? Yet, intelligence experts do agree on this; Intelligence is a concept and not a "thing." When we refer to someone's "IQ" (short for intelligence quotient) as if it were a fixed and objectively real trait like height, we commit a reasoning error called reification- viewing an abstract, immaterial concept as if it were a concrete thing. To reify is to invent a concept, give it a name, and then convince ourselves that such a thing objectively exists in the world. When someone says, "She has an IQ of 120," they are reifying IQ; they are imagining IQ to be a thing one has, rather than a score once obtained on a particular intelligence test. One should say, "Her score on the intelligence test was 120."

Creating a populous that is more adept at taking IQ tests does not seem to be very beneficial to me; instead finding ways to improve work habits, motivation, and a desire to learn would, in my opinion, produce a more productive society than simply having fast puzzle solvers would.

And there has to be a source out there somewhere that isn't just a blog.......
 
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And there has to be a source out there somewhere that isn't just a blog.......
And not 2 years old.
 

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