genetics

An Understanding of Understanding (I.Q.)

The concept of I.Q., or “intelligence quotient,” as it is formally called, has been around for about 100 years, but in the that time, debates have raged over how to measure it, different types of intelligence, and the extent to which it is influenced by genes and the environment. Once I.Q. testing began to take […]

The Neurological Basis of Political Opinion

“Although many people want to believe that their positions on moral, religious, and political issues are the product of rational, conscious thought, the reality is that subthreshold, biologically instantiated predispositions shape all human attitudes…” So writes Hibbing et al in their 2014 article, “The deeper sources of political conflict: evidence from the psychological, cognitive, and […]