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Roshawn Terrell is a machine learning and AI researcher for Ethicsnet.com. He studies neuroscience, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence. He is a guest-lecturer at Oxford, where he will be leading a research team to look into applying his and colleague's findings to building more sophisticated artificial intelligence.
Listen to Kevin Mitchell, a neurogeneticist and associate professor at the Smurfit Institute of Genetics and the Institute of Neuroscience at Trinity College, Dublin, talk about how genes shape our behaviour and intelligence.
Research has shown that genetics does determine aspects about us such as our intelligence. But exactly how does our genetic heritage influence our psychological traits? It seems the chain of cause and effect is not as direct as one might think.
This commonly used ‘gene for X’ construction is unfortunate in suggesting that such genes have a dedicated function: that it is their purpose to cause X. This is not the case at all.