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Chinese Clinic Uses DNA Tests To Predict Kids' Talents 98

Posted by Soulskill
from the this-one-will-be-a-level-80-death-knight dept.
Death Metal writes with this excerpt from CNN: "About 30 children aged 3 to 12 years old and their parents are participating in a new program that uses DNA testing to identify genetic gifts and predict the future. ... The test is conducted by the Shanghai Biochip Corporation. Scientists claim a simple saliva swab collects as many as 10,000 cells that enable them to isolate eleven different genes. By taking a closer look at the genetic codes, they say they can extract information about a child's IQ, emotional control, focus, memory, athletic ability and more. For about $880, Chinese parents can sign their kids up for the test and five days of summer camp in Chongqing, where the children will be evaluated in various settings from sports to art. The scientific results, combined with observations by experts throughout the week, will be used to make recommendations to parents about what their child should pursue."
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Chinese Clinic Uses DNA Tests To Predict Kids' Talents

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  • by Hurricane78 (562437) <deleted&slashdot,org> on Saturday August 15, 2009 @01:04AM (#29074071)

    I remember reading a big article in the German science magazine "Spektrum der Wissenschaft", that there is no such thing as innate talent.

    They tried to find out, what made geniuses geniuses. And they found, that it's not relevant what you were born with.

    What is relevant, is to keep yourself in proper balance between choosing too hard and too easy tasks to grow from. The closer this balance is to your abilities, the faster your abilities will grow. I can also say from my own experience, that it's true.

    The other factor is, to be able to structure your thoughts and knowledge. Even for sports.
    For example in chess, a beginner would try to keep the position of every figure in his mind,
    While an advanced player might store the same state as "the Someguy move" with "the Otherguy variation" and "this pawn is advanced one field".
    And a masterful player would most likely think of it as "the Fooguy setup" with "the Barguy move" and "this pawn doing the Bazguy-style attack".
    So you put your thoughts into sets that fit in one of the eight (on average) short-term memory "registers" you have. And to create many associations in your long-term memory, so you can quickly get to many related things.

    That's all there is to geniuses. So whatever someone told you about you being unable to do: As long as it is still physically possible (i.e. you're not 75 and trying to win an Olympic medal for 100m running), you can do it!

  • Re:Pygmalion Effect (Score:2, Informative)

    by justinlee37 (993373) on Saturday August 15, 2009 @02:39AM (#29074391)

    This has nothing to do with the "one child" policy. The Pygmalion effect is the part where when the doctors say "this child has the genes to succeed," it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy due to psychology, and that child's success due to the prophecy will in turn support the doctors' original assertion that the genes are related to success, statistically! There are lies, damned lies, and statistics, as they say.

    If everyone believed it you could start just predicting that redheads would be smarter than all children and the pygmalion effect might take hold.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.