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Nature via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human

Nature via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human (Paperback)

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Acclaimed 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. Yet again biology was to be stretched on the Procrustean bed of the nature-nurture debate.Acclaimed science writer 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.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesHuman biologyScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesLife sciences: general issuesGenetics non-medicalScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesPopular science Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 01/04/2006 ISBN-13: 9780007240821  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Matt Ridley received his BA and D Phil at Oxford researching the evolution of behaviour. He has been science editor, Washington correspondent and American editor of The Economist. He has a regular column in the Daily Telegraph. He is also the author of The Red Queen (1993), The Origins of Virtue (1996) and Genome (1999). Matt Ridley is currently the chairman of The International Centre for Life.

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very informative and easy to understand.

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