Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human (Paperback)
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DescriptionAcclaimed author Matt Ridley's thrilling follow-up to his bestseller Genome. Armed with the extraordinary new discoveries about our genes, Ridley turns his attention to the nature versus nurture debate to bring the first popular account of the roots of human behaviour. What makes us who we are? In February 2001 it was announced that the genome contains not 100,000 genes as originally expected but only 30,000. This startling revision led some scientists to conclude that there are simply not enough human genes to account for all the different ways people behave: we must be made by nurture, not nature. Matt Ridley argues that the emerging truth is far more interesting than this myth. Nurture depends on genes, too, and genes need nurture. Genes not only predetermine the broad structure of the brain; they also absorb formative experiences, react to social cues and even run memory. They are consequences as well as causes of the will. Published fifty years after the discovery of the double helix of DNA, Nature via Nurture chronicles a new revolution in our understanding of genes. Ridley recounts the hundred years' war between the partisans of nature and nurture to explain how this paradoxical creature, the human being, can be simultaneously free-willed and motivated by instinct and culture. Nature via Nurture is an enthralling, up-to-the-minute account of how genes build brains to absorb experience.
- Published: 04 May 2004
- Format: Paperback 352 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781841157467 ISBN 10: 1841157465
- Sales rank: 38,454
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A must read!
I know this has been said a hundred times about this book, but it really does make a complex, scientific topic extremely accessable to an average Joe lacking a PhD in Human Genetics! It is humorous parts, although this does not in any way take from the seriousness of the topic at hand.
It does not provide all the answers to age-old genetic questions, but will certainly stimulate your internal dialogue and allow you to make your own conclusions. by Julie