Kathryn Paige Harden || Genetic Inequality, IQ, and Education

September 30, 2021

Today it’s great to have Paige Harden on the podcast. Dr. Harden is a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, where is the director of the Developmental Behavior Genetics lab and co-director of the Texas Twin Project. Her new book is called The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality.


  • Heritability does not imply determinism
  • What is the value of the heritability coefficient?
  • Nature and nurture are always intertwined
  • Genes, giftedness, and responsibility
  • Separating individual differences from hierarchy
  • Genetics as a tool for social policy
  • Have we successfully improved general intelligence?
  • Prioritizing self-actualization in education
  • Group differences data, racism, inequality
  • Anti-eugenics and the great synthesis
  • Polygenic scores: evaluations, correlations, and applications


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