Book Suggestions by Paul Meyer

My father, Paul Meyer, a chemist by training with an odd obsession for statistics, has been challenging my mind since the day I was born. From Chaos Theory to Quantum Mechanics, my dad has the ability to explain some of the most complicated concepts as if it were your ABCs. Today, I am able to enjoy and sometimes even co-produce some of my father’s library of knowledge. As one of the most inspiring intellectuals I know, I always take my father’s book recommendations. Here is the most recent suggestion that my father said shocked him to the core.

The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent and IQ is Wrong by David Shenk

DNA does not make us who we are. “Forget everything you think you know about genes, talent, and intelligence. In recent years, a mountain of scientific evidence has emerged suggesting a completely new paradigm: not talent scarcity, but latent talent abundance.”

Its not all about genes. Its genes multiplied by our environment. Genes only influence, they don’t determine.

The problem isn’t our inadequate genetic assets, but our inability to tap into what we already have. IQ testing and widespread acceptance of “innate” abilities have created an unnecessarily pessimistic view of humanity.

The truth is much more exciting. Genes are not a “blueprint” that bless some with greatness and doom most of us to mediocrity or worse. Rather our individual destinies are a product of the complex interplay between genes and outside stimuli-a dynamic that we, as people and as parents, can influence.

It is what you’re challenged by and what you’re exposed to in your environment that determines your potential. We are not prisoners of our DNA. We all have the potential for greatness.

So people…. GET TO IT!

Other suggestions include:

The black swan: the impact of the highly improbable By Nassim Taleb

Bad samaritans: the myth of free trade and the secret history of capitalism By Ha-Joon Chang

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