The inheritance of intelligence, and its significance for humanism.

Sunday October 21st at 7 for 7.30pm

At Daniel Hall, Long Garden Walk, Farnham, GU9 7HX

Life’s major outcomes are strongly determined by our intelligence: the most intelligent of us humans tend to have the best careers, live the longest, and are the most healthy. The least intelligent of us tend to have menial jobs, are more likely to be committed to prison, and have poor health prognosis. Recent research indicates that as much as 80% of this intelligence is inherited from our parents, and does not change much through our lives. This talk will summarise the principle evidence for these statements, and will make the case that Humanism should embrace heredity as a core philosophy.

John Turner is Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of East Anglia, where I previously held positions as Professor, Head of School of Biology, and Associate Dean. My research focuses on molecular genetic mechanisms and I have previously used these to characterise novel forms of disease resistance in plants. My current interest is in inherited behaviour in animals.

Please click for Keith Hayward’s report on the meeting