Originally Posted by TBerg
Do you believe that IQ differences have no real world significance, Yellow? Because, while I agree that effort is more important, I do think that IQ is also a significant factor.
I think IQ scores are somewhat useful in children, as it tells you have far they are in their cognitive development. When I took the first tests, I was news-worthy on a slow day. It didn't take into account the huge emphasis my parents placed on my intellectual development and the interventions they took at home to guarantee it. I believe most average children would have responded similarly.
The conditioning that continued as I aged cemented the positive/reward system for me, and molded who I am today. Much as a differently conditioned person may struggle their whole lives with anger, addiction, or mental illness, I will always feel reward for high test performance and acquired knowledge. The only difference is that my conditioning is for something that society values (to a point).
My last IQ test was about a decade or so ago, and it's remained high. Maybe others are more genuinely gifted. As for me, I'm a trained monkey who can perform a few tricks.
Originally Posted by Haim
Genetic do have huge part in it, I don't think I just learned to be curious person, it is mostly because that is what I am.Sure you are not born with a skill, but genetics do have effect on your will to develop that skill and have interest at that skill in first place.
Curiosity is also fostered or squelched by early environment. An infant who is regularly exposed to new sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch; a toddler who is allowed to safely explore; and a child who is rewarded for his imagination and ingenuity, etc. These experiences lay the foundation for intellectual curiosity, independence of thought, and confidence in one's own ability to learn.
Trust me, it's all too easy to squash every bit of that out of a child. Heck, you could do it before they turn 6 months old (if you had access to mom while pregnant) without doing anything remotely illegal (though definitely unethical).