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Dependent Gene The Fallacy of Nature vs. Nurture

ISBN-10: 0805072802
ISBN-13: 9780805072808
Edition: 2003 (Revised)
Authors: David S. Moore
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 2/5/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

A masterful guide to human development that redefines the nature versus nurture debate A much-needed antidote to genetic determinism, The Dependent Gene reveals how all traits-even characteristics like eye and hair color-are caused by complex interactions between genes and the environment at every stage of biological and psychological development, from the single fertilized egg to full-grown adulthood. How we understand the nature versus nurture debate directly affects our thoughts about such basic issues as sex and reproduction, parenting, education, and crime, and has an enormous impact on social policy. With life-and-death questions in the balance surrounding stem-cell research, cloning, and DNA fingerprinting, we can no longer afford to be ignorant of human development. An enlightening guide to this brave new world, The Dependent Gene empowers us to take control of our own destiny.

David S. Moore is a professor of psychology at Pitzer College and at Claremont Graduate University. He received his doctorate in developmental psychology from Harvard University and did his postdoctoral work at the City University of New York.

Where We're Going, Where We've Been
Introduction "Hello Dolly": The Future Is Now
From Aristotle's Wonder to a Fork in the Road: The Wrenching of Genetics from Development
What Galton's Eugenics Has Wrought: Behavior Genetics and Heritability
Listening to Twins: A Critique of Twin Studies
Background Basics
Dependent Genes: Essential Biology and DNA
Running Noses, Smelling Feet: A Primer on Embryology
Brain Basics: Some Revelations of Developmental Neuroscience
Developmental Systems
A Turtle in the Shade: The Development of Sexual Characteristics
The Dutch Hungerwinter and the Cat in the Hat: How Prenatal Environments Affect Our Traits
Chicken Shoes and Monkey Foods: The Not-So-Subtle Effects of Some Very Subtle Postnatal Experiences
Tornadoes, Stars, and Human Beings: The Developmental Systems Perspective
Development and Evolution
The Modern Synthesis: What Mother Nature Selects
Legacies: How We Get Our Environments
On Big Muscles and Facial Hair: Reconsidering "Inherited," "Acquired," and "Innate"
The Fetal Ape: Consequences of Integrating Development and Evolution
Implications
When Cows Fly: The Full-Blown Demise of Genetic Determinism
Budging the Bell Curve: Implications for Education
Finding the Cost of Freedom: Complexity and Responsibility
Medical Marvels: Implications for Genetic and Environmental Therapies
Owning Cloning: Implications for New Reproductive Technologies
Epilogue: In the Beginning
Acknowledgments
Notes
References
Index

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