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Born TogetherReared Apart: The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study Hardcover – May 14, 2012
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--Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature
This is a vivid and intimate account of one of the classic episodes in the history of the nature-nurture debate by somebody who was part of the team. The Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart made a vital difference, against often entrenched conventional wisdom, to the understanding of human development. Nancy Segal tells the story of the project superbly.
--Matt Ridley, author of Nature via Nurture
Born Together-Reared Apart is a tour-de-force in the history of psychology and twin research. Describing the twins' life stories as well as the scientific data, Segal gives us a compelling account of the findings, implications, and controversies from the world famous Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart. The book will be essential for anyone seriously interested in the genetic and environmental influences affecting human health and behavior.
--Robert Plomin, Professor of Behavioral Genetics, King's College London --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.
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I take a positive view on the book, though, and I chose to give it 4 stars, simply because the importance and scientific value of the research involved in the MISTRA were so great that they overshadowed the fact that the book was too technical, detailed, and tedious for most non-scientists.
I believe that the author was writing the book in large part for the scientific community, with much detailed discussion surrounding efforts to vindicate the validity and authenticity of the research and conclusions of the MISTRA. As for myself, being a reader with much interest in technical science, but also much appreciation for good literature, this book could not have been written so as to please both aspects of my tastes -- the aesthetic versus the technical.Read more ›
Segal's book is much less comprehensive than Jensen's work, focusing on a single set of identical twins separated after one month and then raised in different families and didn't meet until they were both aged 39. The similarities in their interests and skills were remarkable, starting with height, and also including favorite interests and vacation spots. Her book also summarizes the Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart project.
The importance of this finding, as well as others in the Minnesota study of 137 pairs is that education (part of environment) has limited effect on ultimate pupil achievement, and helps explain why tripling inflation-adjusted per-pupil spending over the last decades has achieved very little in terms of improved pupil performance.
Somewhat strangely, my main interest is not in the twins themselves. I'm the father (first child) of a 3 1/2-year-old boy, and that's fascinating in itself. I'm interested in what human characteristics are genetically inherited and what aren't. The study of separated twins can be very revealing, and can go against the grain of popular opinion in many different ways. For example, I'd like my boy to be tall (6 feet or so runs in my family). Now, is there anything I can do in his raising that would aid in reaching that stature?Read more ›
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This is a well-written book that provides fascinating information about twins and what happens when they are raised apart. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JulesC
Extremely important work at U Minn on the psychological similarities of adopted away twins has not taken its proper place in the understanding of the human mind. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Alexander Bodkin
As professional geneticists all know, and others are becoming aware, identical twins have essentially identical genes. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Integrity Reviews
Dr. Segal's book focuses on the complex array of issues surrounding the nature v. nurture debate in education by citing all of the most recent data on monozygotic and dizygotic... Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by Reading Maven
The book is really not for general public reading. There are too many statistics, and it reads like a textbook. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by Indigo
Stories of people reared apart then finding each other are a fascinating look into RNA and DNA. I had this book years ago and loaned it to someone. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by Dee Dee Ross
Interesting data, well researched, hard to read. Dry as a dessicated bone in the middle of the Sahara desert. Wish they'd had a writer write up the data for them.Published on December 30, 2012 by Elizabeth K. Gregory
Anyone interested in the old "nature versus nurture" argument should read this book. Most people have been exposed to cribs and drabs of this research, but this is the whole... Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by Nebushwacker