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An interesting research: we inherit our intelligence from our mothers not fathers

As it turned out, some scientists believe we now owe our intelligence (or lack of it) only to our mothers. Let's find out more about this recent research together.


Of course, a lot of things affect the development of our intelligence. Environmental factors, social interaction, culture, financial circumstances... Hereditary factors matter too. Have you ever heard this phrase,"Our child inherited your beauty and my brains"? A team of researchers suggest high IQ's are probably coming from our mothers only.


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147 Comments
Lorri Miller
My mother was incredibly intelligent. She taught me to be curious about everything. I followed her everywhere as a child. In every activity there was a science or history lesson to be taught or learned. My mother gave me a love of life long learning. Everything good about me began in some way with her. She was my mentor and best friend. I was very lucky.
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Nov 8, 2016 10:07PM
marykeim
If this true I should be really stupid...my mother had more good looks than brains. I have a masters degree in anesthesia......clearly this study is flawed!
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Nov 8, 2016 10:49PM
hillaryoshea
Thank god women are smarter than men!
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Nov 8, 2016 10:01PM
Ila Funkhouser
That is not what he said, it is however, somewhat true. Your mother must not have been overly bright.
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Nov 8, 2016 11:46PM
Carolyn Frederick
Which scientists figure this out? Since I am a mom of three incredibly intelligent people it’s probably true but I’d like more information on the source!
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May 9, 2020 7:57PM
Jim Maloney
You're noting that "some scientists" have come to such a conclusion but you don't mention who or what percentage of scientists have this view. You also note that ONLY 40 - 60% of our intelligence is hereditary. Of course, 40 - 60% is a lot, and again, this is according to who? Be more specific and reference your sources if you want to have any credibility is what I think.
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Feb 11, 2020 5:44PM
Nicholas Miernicki
I believe there is new evidence showing that, yes, boys inherit their intelligence from their mothers, but, for daughters it is 50/50 from both parents.
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Jan 12, 2020 9:56PM
Krzysztof Trzcinski
Elaine Calvert education and intelligence are not necessarily the same thing...there are plenty a lot educated idiots and many very intelligent people without formal education
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Dec 10, 2019 7:12PM
Krzysztof Trzcinski
Clearly is proof why majority of population of the World is not so intelligent 😂
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Dec 10, 2019 7:09PM
Krzysztof Trzcinski
Including Archimedes, Newton, Einstein, Stephen Hawking etc...😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
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Dec 10, 2019 7:08PM
Elaine Tellep
I don't think this is really accurate. I have inherited some of my Dad's engineering talent. My Mom was very creative and I have some of that too, but I think it's more of the luck of the draw when it comes to what you inherit from who.
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Nov 16, 2019 5:03PM
Denis Vandale
If my mother was smart, she sure didn't use that in her life choices.
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Nov 11, 2019 5:42PM
konrad
I always thought that intelligenge is absolutely random. After all, nobody heard of Leonardo, Newton, Bill Gates o Gauss parents, right? Mensa told me I have an IQ of 179, and I can assure you it didn't come to me by the maternal line. My father, was extremely intelligent, though.
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Jul 10, 2019 11:52AM
Agapito Lorenzo
If intelligence is in the X-chromosome, then our mother rules......
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Feb 8, 2019 1:22AM
Michael Johnston
Women are always right....The problem is they usually are.
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Dec 21, 2018 7:13AM
hector tubens
I'll always love my mama...She's my favorite girl...
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Nov 4, 2018 4:45PM
David Holmes
Daniel Yager, I think that you mean convolutions.
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Oct 9, 2018 1:10AM
Denny Quigley
The study showed mice with more maternal genes had larger brains. The assumption is that they are more intelligent then the other mice. If this assumption was trie Blue Wales and Elephants would be the most intelligent creatures around.
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Sep 28, 2018 6:57PM
Richard Adams
hillaryoshea, it didn't say that.
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Sep 23, 2018 8:43PM

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