Elected to the University of Iowa's Delta Center

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I was honored to recently be elected an affiliate member of the University of Iowa's Delta Center, which is a loose-knit collection of scientists and other researchers dedicated to a more nuanced understanding of genetics and human development. To quote the center's website:

The Delta Center does not abide the "nativist" vs. "empiricist" (or "nature" vs. "nurture") debate. We reject traditional concepts of "origin" and "cause and effect"-- eschewing both the concept of a "blank slate" at the time of birth, as well as the modern fixation on "hard-wired" brain functions or genetic building blocks.

You will not find us publishing nativist-oriented papers with titles such as "How Brain Region X Controls Human Function Y." Although this type of research is mainstream and media-friendly, it ultimately turns a deaf ear to the real story.

We favor a new model of exploring learning and development--one that embraces complexity, employs a "systems theory" approach and listens in on fascinating dialogues among the myriad forces of change.

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David Shenk is a writer on genetics, talent and intelligence. He is the author of Data Smog, The Forgetting, and most recently, The Genius In All of Us. More

David Shenk is the author of six books, including Data Smog ("indispensable"—The New York Times), The Immortal Game ("superb"—The Wall Street Journal), and the bestselling The Forgetting ("a remarkable addition to the literature of the science of the mind."—The Los Angeles Times ). He has contributed to National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, Gourmet, Harper's, The New Yorker, The American Scholar, and National Public Radio. Shenk's work inspired the Emmy-award winning PBS documentary The Forgetting and was featured in the Oscar-nominated feature Away From Her. His latest book, The Genius In All Of Us, was published in March 2010. Shenk has advised the President's Council on Bioethics and is a popular speaker. Click here to follow him on Twitter.

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