Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human by Matt Ridley

Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human by Matt Ridley

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This title chronicles a revolution in our understanding of genes. Matt 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.

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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. 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 50 years after the discovery of the double helix of DNA, "Nature via Nurture" chronicles a revolution in our understanding of genes. Ridley recounts the 100 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.

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SKU GOR001437504
Title Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human
Author By (author) Matt Ridley
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Year Published 2003
Number of Pages 336
ISBN 10 1841157457
ISBN 13 9781841157450
Edition N/A
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Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
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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. 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 50 years after the discovery of the double helix of DNA, "Nature via Nurture" chronicles a revolution in our understanding of genes. Ridley recounts the 100 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.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR001437504
Title Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human
Author By (author) Matt Ridley
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Year Published 2003
Number of Pages 336
ISBN 10 1841157457
ISBN 13 9781841157450
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Ex Library No