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Intelligence Testing

Tests that measure intelligence were created to determine people’s “fitness” for social roles. Scientists doing basic research investigating the role genes play in the mechanisms of brain development underlying cognitive function may not be concerned with this social context. They may be interested purely in how genes and brains work generally in human beings. But as soon as their findings are translated into knowledge about heritable intelligence, their research will take on the social implications that inevitably result from ranking human beings by cognitive capacity and attributing their rank in significant part to their genes.Can Research on the Genetics of Intelligence Be “Socially Neutral?

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