The Genetic Advantage (IQ)

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In summary, the conversation discusses the idea that success in math and computer related fields may depend more on IQ and genetics rather than effort and motivation. The speakers also explore the potential correlation between liking a subject and being good at it, with some suggesting that people tend to like what they are good at. However, the conversation also raises the question of whether pure effort can guarantee results in math, and what current psychological research says about the matter. The conversation ends with a humorous comment about the stereotype that only Asians are good at math.
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Sure they say that if you love what you're doing, you will excel at it. But how well does that apply to math/computer related fields? From my personal observations, I have noticed that math depends more on IQ/genes for success than any other subject.

That's a strong correlation, but certainly not causal. It just seems that certain people seem to "catch on" quickly to mathematical concepts, even if they are not motivated at all. Others really try hard and enjoy math, but fall behind those people who just seem to cruise at this subject.

Other subjects seem to have room for more subjectivity. Is math a subject where pure effort cannot guarantee results? What does current psychological research say about the matter?
 
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No. One cannot be good at math unless he is Asian. :tongue: (just kidding)

Seriously, I think that people tend to like what they're good at, so if you like math, you're probably good at it. People who like something tend to spend more hours doing that thing so they get even better at it.
 
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What is "The Genetic Advantage (IQ)"?

The Genetic Advantage (IQ) refers to the idea that certain genetic traits can give individuals an advantage in intelligence or IQ.

Is intelligence determined by genetics?

While genetics can play a role in an individual's intelligence and IQ, it is not the only factor. Environmental and social factors also play a significant role in an individual's intelligence.

Can IQ be improved through genetic modification or manipulation?

Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that IQ can be improved through genetic modification or manipulation. Intelligence is a complex trait that is influenced by multiple genetic and environmental factors.

What are some examples of genetic traits that can contribute to intelligence?

There is ongoing research into the specific genetic factors that may contribute to intelligence. Some studies have suggested that certain gene variants related to brain development and function may play a role.

Can individuals with lower IQs overcome their genetic disadvantage?

While genetics can have an impact on intelligence, it is not a determining factor. With access to educational and social resources, individuals with lower IQs can still achieve success and reach their full potential.

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