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Re: Is talent inherited?

Postby asusor » Sat Jun 11, 2005 3:20 pm

YES, it's result of some genes and enviroment


numbskull66 wrote:According to Lamarck any characteristic that any person has is inherited by their parents. I was wondering what everyone thought about talent. Is it inherited or does a person have to learn to do something on their own?
I really would like some input on this topic because I am having trouble starting my research paper.. any help would be greatly appreciated.. Thanks
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Re: Is talent inherited?

Postby biostudent84 » Mon Jun 13, 2005 6:29 pm

asusor wrote:YES, it's result of some genes and enviroment


And it is usually determined how big a part genes and enviornment play a role. It's usually given in a percentage. This trait is 45% genetic and 55% enviornmental.

The ability to burn easily is genetic, but the actual burning of the skin occurs due to enviornment.
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Postby b_d_41501 » Mon Jun 13, 2005 7:47 pm

My whole family is musically inclined and so am I. However, much of my family is not highly intelligent, but it seems I have some sort of a polygenic trait for it in myself?
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Postby biostudent84 » Mon Jun 13, 2005 8:01 pm

b_d_41501 wrote:My whole family is musically inclined and so am I. However, much of my family is not highly intelligent, but it seems I have some sort of a polygenic trait for it in myself?


It doesn't necessarily have to be polygenic. There could be a single gene that allows you to become musically inclined.
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Postby b_d_41501 » Mon Jun 13, 2005 8:26 pm

Really? I thought it was polygenic just like intelligence?
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Postby mith » Mon Jun 13, 2005 8:29 pm

Ditto on that, you'll probably need genes for good ears, good brain processing, and perhaps manual dexterity.

Oh and it also helps if you're taught asian languages. They require perfect pitch.
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Postby b_d_41501 » Mon Jun 13, 2005 8:37 pm

Yeah, that's what I heard as well. I don't know any however.
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Postby biostudent84 » Mon Jun 13, 2005 8:47 pm

b_d_41501 wrote:Really? I thought it was polygenic just like intelligence?


It probably is. But since we don't know for 100% certain, it's best to leave it up in the air until someone who's studied it intensively can give more information.
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Postby b_d_41501 » Wed Jun 15, 2005 2:36 pm

Yes, it is still up in the air. Something as complicated as this must be polygenic though, it will be discovered. Just wait!! lol :D
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Postby Exiled » Fri Jun 17, 2005 10:04 am

Hello everyone!Because of this my first post in a forum concerned with biology,i hope you'll forget me a few things:
-first of all,my English, :wink:
-second,my probable lack of knowledge in some more specific fields of biology.

Thus said,let's go back to the topic.

As for talent,I think that the truth lies in the middle between casuality and inheritance.I think that a person develops his/her own talents according both to his/her genoma,that "decides" in which fields of knowledge that person will be more gifted,but also according to his/her parents and the kind of instruction them decide to give to their child:one concerned in preserving the talents already acquired/developed by the family or one that allows the person to choose by himself/herself is own way through the world,and to develop his/her own talents.

I hope this is the first of a great number of posts,

Bye!
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Postby mith » Fri Jun 17, 2005 1:24 pm

People who say they have bad English usually are much better than those who don't post that at all lol. No worries, you post better than many here in the board.
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Postby neuro5 » Wed Jun 22, 2005 11:34 pm

I think you inherit certain genes that enhance or inhibit certain (especially physical) characteristics. But a lot of talent has to do with a person's ambition, which often comes from external experiences.
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