Douglas K. Detterman a1, Lynne T. Gabriel a1andJoanne M. Ruthsatz a1 a1 Department of Psychology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106
The position advocated in the target article should be called
“absurd environmentalism.” Literature showing that
general intelligence is related to musical ability is not cited. Also
ignored is the heritability of musical talent. Retrospective studies
supporting practice over talent are incapable of showing differences
in talent, because subjects are self-selected on talent. Reasons for
the popularity of absurd environmentalism are discussed.