THE BELL CURVE and 'IMMORTALITY'

Don Ashley dashley at TENET.EDU
Tue Feb 14 07:51:29 EST 1995


Mike,

When the geneticists break through with telomerase manipulations and the 
aging process is arrested, the bell curve of intelligence will be harder 
to plot.

Don 

On Mon, 13 Feb 1995, Mike Mehta wrote:

> 
> Hello,
> 
> I am reading a book called "The Bell Curve" by Richard Hernstein and
> Charles Murray.  It is a book about intelligence and class structure
> in American life.  Since I have started reading this book, I have
> become extremely interested in intelligence and genetics.  I was
> hoping to receive as much information: opinions, facts, recent
> updates, regarding these topics.  There are hundreds of questions I am
> dying to ask, so to start:
> 
> -  What is intelligence defined as?  Does it have multiple
> definitions?
> 
> -  What methods exist of measuring intelligence?  How accurate are
> they?  Can I obtain copies of these tests or test questions?
> 
> -  Is Intelligence generally considered to be due to genetics or
> environment?  What evidence is there supporting either?
> 
> -  What do you people see as the consequences of the revelation that
> intelligence may differ ON AVERAGE by racial group?
> 
> -  Have scientists found an 'intelligence gene'?
> 
> -  How does the brain function to form thought?  Is it just a reaction
> to various chemicals being shifted around?  If that is true, can we
> accurately predict every thought of the mind?
> 
> As well, information on cases regarding tests done on identical twins,
> or children and parents, etc.  would be appreciated.  I am open to any
> and all comments and opinions.  Please respond,
> 
> Mike
> 
> 



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