Watch brave Sir Jared Cooney Horvath dominate in the fierce battlefield of scientific ideas as he savagely dismantles an inferior opponent named Heritability.
This video is Part 3 (of 4) of our ‘Nature vs Nurture’ video series.
In Part 1 we talked about how genes don’t actually work like most people think, while in Part 2 we discussed how this translates to intelligence and student learning.
For this video we turn our focus to heritability.
If you don’t know, heritability is basically a statistic that attempts to describe how much of the variation in any given human trait is due to genetics versus environmental factors.
It’s a bit of a confusing measure (which I attempt to simplify in the video) that has been around for well over 100 years now …
But to bluntly summarize my opinion on heritability, I give the entire concept an F-minus grade.
For some curious reason, heritability continues to maintain a prominent status in the field of genetics, but it’s honestly an outdated (and unnecessary) measure that is so commonly misinterpreted as to render it intellectually regressive.
To help make my point in the video, I compare heritability to the hapless Dark Knight character from the famous film Monty Python and the Holy Grail ... after which I proceed to systematically ‘delimb’ the entire idea one appendage at a time.
BTW – If you haven’t seen the film, you may want to click here to watch the relevant scene, lest my entire analogy will be meaningless ;)
Anyway, here are some of the specific questions I bravely battle in this video: