This is a discussion with Cambridge University PhD candidate Daphne Martschenko. Topics covered include: genetics of cognition, group differences, genetic engineering. The NYC roundtable on genius she mentions is here.
Blog readers may also be interested in this event at the 92nd Street Y (Thu, Mar 10, 2016, 8:15 pm, Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St) coming up.
With rapid advances in genome sequencing, genetic analysis and precision gene editing, it’s becoming ever more likely that embryo selection and genetic engineering could be used to optimize the intelligence of our future children.
Although the complexities of genetics, the brain and human experience will make maximizing human intelligence far more complicated than it may now seem to some, genetic brain optimization and enhancement could very well be a driver of our future evolution as a species. Jamie Metzl moderates Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, and Stephen Hsu, Professor of Theoretical Physics at Michigan State University, experts from the worlds of science and biotech, in a discussion of the practical, scientific, philosophical and ethical issues associated with engineering intelligence.