Written by: Stephen Hsu
Primary Source: Information Processing
This is a panel discussion of the documentary film DNA Dreams (see below), about BGI and its Cognitive Genomics Lab.
Moderator: Dr. Evelynn Hammonds, Director of the Project on Race & Gender in Science & Medicine, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research/Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science
Panelists include: (L to R)
1. George Church, Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
2. Bregjte van der Haak, Filmmaker
3. Arthur Kleinman, Director of the Harvard University Asia Center and Professor of Anthropology and Medical Anthropology at Harvard University
4. Peter Galison, Pellegrino University Professor, Director of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University
Peter Galison is dismissive of “single parameter” measures of cognitive ability. Certainly anyone who has thought seriously about IQ or g knows that it is only a crude measure of (compressed approximation to) a multi-dimensional set of mental abilities. George Church replies quite effectively. I wonder how Peter would react to learning that his grandchild would be born with a mutation depressing the meaningless “single parameter” in question to an SD below normal. Would he just shrug it off as unimportant?
I believe this is the entire documentary: