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    DescriptionWhat makes us react or feel the way we do? If you have ever asked yourself this question, then let John Medina take you on a tour of the fascinations and frustrations involved in the quest to understand the biological basis of human behavior. By describing the gap that exists between a human behavior and a human gene, this fascinating book, first published in 2000, seeks both to clarify and debunk ideas about the genetic roots of behavior, from the genes of divorce to the tendency to eat chocolate. Using Dante's The Divine Comedy as an organizing framework, The Genetic Inferno explains each of the Seven Deadly Sins, but in terms of twentieth-century genes and brains. Written by a practising research scientist, this book is not for biologists, but for literature majors, business people, parents, and anyone interested in how our genes work to make us behave the way we do.


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    Title
    The Genetic Inferno
    Subtitle
    Inside the Seven Deadly Sins
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John J. Medina
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 356
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 480 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781107405493
    ISBN 10: 1107405491
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: PSAK
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PSD
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    LC classification: QH
    BISAC V2.8: SCI029000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Abridged Dewey: 576
    B&T Approval Code: A11400000
    DC22: 304.5
    B&T Approval Code: A60505648
    DC23: 304.5
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    30 July 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    '[Medina] has admirably attempted to make this as entertaining and easy to read as possible. Indeed, the book's great strength is the lucidity of its exposition of the science of human emotion. Further, Medina peppers the text with some quite fascinating examples of seminal research concerning human behaviour ... [his] prose is energetic and enthusiastic ...' Canberra Times '... a rich introduction to the current state of the art in understanding the interplay of genes, hormones, synapses and neurotransmitters, which somehow link brains and behaviours ... a cleverly constructed account of some of the most difficult problems of contemporary biology ... welcome additions to the popular literature.' Jon Turney, The Times Higher Education Supplement 'Lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, wrath, envy and pride: Medina successfully uses these sins from Dante's Purgatorio as a vehicle to introduce those genes and their products that influence human behaviours ... Everyone should read the conclusion - in private, unless you enjoy laughing in public.' Hugh Fletcher, The Biologist 'A book to be read by the non-scientist who wants an in-depth view into the workings of genetics, John Medina is clearly an author to do this job. ... the book is a must for philosophers who still get the creeps when they discuss genetics.' Pierre Mallia, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, A European Journal
    Table of contents
    Introduction; 1. The power of physics envy; 2. Lust; 3. Gluttony; 4. Avarice; 5. Sloth; 6. Wrath; 7. Envy; 8. Pride; Conclusion; References; Index.