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Ridley writes that the switches controlling our 30,000 or so genes not only form the structures of our brains but do so in such a way as to cue off the outside environment in a tidy feedback loop of body and behavior. In fact, it seems clear that we have genetic "thermostats" that are turned up and down by environmental factors. He challenges both scientific and folk concepts, from assumptions of what's malleable in a person to sociobiological theories based solely on the "selfish gene."
Ridley's proof is in the pudding for such touchy subjects as monogamy, aggression, and parenting, which we now understand have some genetic controls. Nevertheless, "the more we understand both our genes and our instincts, the less inevitable they seem." A consummate popularizer of science, Ridley once again provides a perfect mix of history, genetics, and sociology for readers hungry to understand the implications of the human genome sequence. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Really well written. Makes sense even to those of us with no scienc background, lots of food for thought. Recommended.Published 10 days ago by Paula Friedland
Great reading about adaptable genes that can be turned on / off and how the genes / RNA build a body.
A slightly confusing story flow and chapter structure.
And there were a few changes over the last 10 year. Why can t this be announced clearly by the Editor/ kindle?
Otherwise very good book.
I found the book a bit disjointed, yet I learned a lot from it. The "Rational Optimist" I think was written more fluidly then the "Agile Gene", and probably an... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Martin D.
It's well written and enjoyable to read. Read sections of it for a class and found it incredibly interesting. Recommend to bio majors/science brains.Published 11 months ago by Sara Neuman
In this entertaining foray into the process of untangling the interaction of genes and experience in generating behavior and individual character the author shares his enthusiasm... Read morePublished 14 months ago by John Pearson
Explained with clarity like only matt ridley can. this book will make you rethink about what shapes the people. Read morePublished 15 months ago by bor
I picked up this book at the public library out of the blue & could not put it down! I had to purchase it! You like biology? Are you interested in the nature v. nurture debate? Read morePublished 18 months ago by Haydee
Having read "Genome" by Matt Ridley (and liking it very much), I am somewhat disappointed in this book. Read morePublished on March 23, 2012 by Igor Faynshteyn