Do you think intelligence is determined more by genetics or environment?
Asked at Massachusetts Street on May 26, 2006
“I’d have to say environment. I know plenty of really intelligent people who have gotten into things that have drawn them away from learning and developing their intelligence.”
“Genetics, because I think you are born with the capability to be more or less intelligent. A good teacher or environment can help nurture it, but you have to have the genetic foundation.”
“I think it’s the environment. People learn from their surroundings. You can put a child from the best stock in the wild and it will be unable to learn. They may know a lot about their surroundings, but they certainly won’t be intelligent.”
“I think it’s their environment. If you are around intelligent people, you’re exposed to different ideas and will learn more. If you are always around the same ideas, there is no room to grow.”