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The literati of Park Slope turned out to toast author David Shenk on the publication of his latest groundbreaking work, “The Genius in All of Us — Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent and IQ is Wrong.”

The book party, at Double Windsor in Windsor Terrace, included lots of jokes off the book’s title.

“I always knew David had ‘genius’ in him — but I’m talking only about the book,” joked Julie Rosenberg, a fan of the author, whose prior works include “The Immortal Game” (about the history of chess), “The Forgetting” (about Alzheimer’s disease) and “Data Smog” (about how technology is making us nuts).

With “The Genius in all of Us,” Shenk is breaking into new ground, offering a non-fiction work that challenges generations of misconceptions about the role genetics plays in our lives. In fact, backed by the latest scientific evidence, the book refutes the common belief that we are all prisoners of our genes, confined by them to predetermined levels of talent or skill.

In fact, the book argues, anyone with any genetic fingerprint can achieve anything, depending on that person’s level of commitment.

In other words, it’s never too late to pick up the guitar (but if you do it at age 2, you’ll really be amazing).

Updated 8:32 pm, March 11, 2010
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