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    51-80% We can change it but not that much
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    I've been interested in this subject for a while and reading the science has really changed my view on this. Especially as it differs to from what I was taught on my education/teaching course.

    I dont think we 100% know the answer yet by any measure (that wont happen until we fully understand the genome) but I think we are getting quite close.

    By innate I mean you are born with your IQ and there is very little you can do to change it.
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    I think your IQ changes during the course of your life depending on your life experiences and subject choices. From what I've seen on the IQ test there are a lot of pattern matching, sequence predicting and definitions of similar words. I don't think you're born with your IQ necessarily, but I do think you can change it, just not actively, it's more of a parameter that changes with your life.
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    Innate ability is often overestimated.

    The really intelligent individuals I have met who achieved a fair amount, were also very hard workers.
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    (Original post by Protoxylic)
    I think your IQ changes during the course of your life depending on your life experiences and subject choices. From what I've seen on the IQ test there are a lot of pattern matching, sequence predicting and definitions of similar words. I don't think you're born with your IQ necessarily, but I do think you can change it, just not actively, it's more of a parameter that changes with your life.
    From what I've read on Neuroscience it's quite changeable from the ages of 0-16/18 but after that it becomes a lot harder. Not impossible but you're going to make great leaps like you could in your early years.

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    Innate ability is often overestimated.

    The really intelligent individuals I have met who achieved a fair amount, were also very hard workers.
    That is true. You can be very talented but it does not matter if you just rest on your laurels. However I'm not so sure how much effort children put in is really decided by their own free will (another subject entirely)
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    (Original post by skeptical_john)
    From what I've read on Neuroscience it's quite changeable from the ages of 0-16/18 but after that it becomes a lot harder. Not impossible but you're going to make great leaps like you could in your early years.
    I think that is mainly attributed to the fact that we learn more in a shorter amount of time in that age gap. What we learn post 18 is more specialised. We go to University to learn about one, or a group of similar, subject/s. Whereas in high school, primary and even college, the scope of learning is quite broad and so you pick up skills in quite a few areas.
 
 
 
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