Howe et al.'s rejection of traditional discussion of
talent is clearly acceptable, but their alternative has a weakness.
They stress practice and hard work while referring vaguely to some
basic biological substrate. High scores on a valid test of general
intelligence provide a cultural-genetic basis for talented performance
in a wide variety of specialties, ranging from engineering to the
humanities. These choices may be entirely environmentally determined,
and the highest levels of achievement do require practice and hard