Lindsay Lohan: Manufactured by Mattel, Made Randy by Evolution

RedheadsWhy do redheads have more sex? Because men want to have sex with redheads. Why do men want to have sex with redheads?Cutting edge research sheds light on these important questions.  

IQ Bashing, Breakdancing, the Flynn Effect, and Genes

Some think the Flynn effect—the finding that IQ rose steadily during the 20th century—proves that genes play little to no role in intelligence. The key to the puzzle is understanding what will happen when breakdancers take over the world. 

Are you smarter than Aristotle?: On the Flynn Effect and the Aristotle Paradox

The Flynn Effect -- the finding that IQ rose quite a bit during the 20th century -- raises quite a few paradoxes. Working backwards, the average IQ of people living in 1900 would be just under 70. Working even further backwards, Aristotle's IQ can be estimated to have been -1000.How can this be? Are you really smarter than Aristotle? Read on.

How a Hopeful Lover Ends Up a Disappointed Friend

The reasons are more complex than you think, but begin with timing.

Are You Smarter than Aristotle? Part I

Aristotle, a founding father of Western Philosophy was a genius, right? Actually, I did the calculation and it turns out you are smarter than Aristotle. Not only smarter, but according to the calculation, Aristotle wouldn't understand a word coming out of your mouth. Confused? So are a lot of intelligence researchers. Read on.

The Nature of Genius III: The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer

We live in a society where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. This idea is commonplace in discussions of economic inequality. Recent research, from a variety of different disciplines, is showing how this idea also applies to the development of genius in subtle but shocking ways. 

The Nature of Genius II: On Late Bloomers and Ugly Ducklings

In the "Ugly Duckling", a young swan goes from awkward and ugly to graceful and beautiful. This kind of transformation is also seen in abilities, and those who go from average to extraordinary are typically labelled "late bloomers". How are late bloomers possible? How can a nuanced understanding of genes contribute to our understanding?

The Genetics of the X-Factor

Every season, hundreds of thousands of contestants audition for the myriad of television talent shows that exist. To make it far in these shows, you have to possess an "X Factor", a certain unidentifiable quality that makes you stand out from the rest. How may a nuanced view of genes contribute to our understanding of this factor?

Attaining musical genius: Is practice enough?

Can anyone be a Mozart? New research sheds some light on this question, by suggesting that while practice is certainly an important factor in music achievement, other factors may play as much, if not more of a role.

On Innate Talent

Given intense commitment and practice, is anyone capable of anything, regardless of innate endowment?The answer lies in what is common between my grandfather and Kobe Bryant. 

Is Every Child Gifted? Probably not

Every parent wants to think his or her child is special. And rest assured, parents—your child is special. At least, there is no other child on earth with the same precise mix of genes, experience, and pattern of strengths and weaknesses. But is every child gifted? Probably not.

What is giftedness?

Who is gifted?

Introducing Beautiful Minds

Introducing my new blog Beautiful Minds.