Agile Gene How Nature Turns on Nurture

ISBN-10: 006000679X
ISBN-13: 9780060006792
Edition: 2003
Authors: Matt Ridley
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Book details

List price: $13.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7/6/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Armed with extraordinary new discoveries about our genes, acclaimed science writer Matt Ridley turns his attention to the nature-versus-nurture debate in a thoughtful book about the roots of human behavior. 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. With the decoding of the human genome, we now know that 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.

Prologue: Twelve Hairy Men
The Paragon of Animals
A Plethora of Instincts
A Convenient Jingle
The Madness of Causes
Genes in the Fourth Dimension
Formative Years
Learning Lessons
Conundrums of Culture
The Seven Meanings of "Gene"
A Budget of Paradoxical Morals
Epilogue: Homo stramineus: The Straw Man
Acknowledgments
Endnotes
Index

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