What's amazing is how little of the overall scheme for embryonic development is special to the brain. Although thousands of genes are involved in brain development, a large number of them are shared with (or have close counterparts in) genes that guide the development of the rest of the body.
With plenty of evidence supporting the notion of multi-function "housekeeping genes," Marcus concludes that our hopes for finding single genes responsible for various brain disorders are likely unfounded. The Birth of the Mind offers an engaging and often witty look at how our genetic code can be simple enough to make basic proteins and complicated enough to help us learn languages. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
For anyone who has read very little about the topic but who wishes to get a well rounded idea of the subject, this is a good place to start.
He explains how only 30000 genes can encode a huge and complex brain by showing how genes can have multiple roles and act in groups to perform complex functions.
The writing is crystal clear, the style is engaging, and Marcus makes the cutting edge science he's discussing accessible to any intelligent reader.
The Birth of the Mind,
Keeping in mind, that when written in 2003, "The Birth of the Mind" was cutting-edge neuroscience and genetics. Read more
This book sounds like it would be a dry read but it is anything but that. You dont have to be a science geek, a biologist, geneticist or even a geek to enjoy this. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jason
Gary Marcus makes his points concisely and clearly without the reader having to suffer the agonies of an author's sometimes "stilted" vocabulary. Read morePublished 9 months ago by gerluck
This is the first book on the topic of evolution and human behavior that I have not had to cringe once or twice, at least, while reading in perhaps the last six years. Read morePublished on August 10, 2009 by Carmi Turchick
This book is a very brief introduction into both genetics and neuroscience. The intention of this book is to make clear that nature (genes) is the basic foundation for the... Read morePublished on May 28, 2009 by A. Panda
As a social scientist, I approached this book with some trepidation, especially when I noticed an 18 page glossary! Read morePublished on December 29, 2006 by Howard Aldrich
While you may have read books that similarly describe genes and brain development, you will not find one that presents a better, more comprehensive or concise explanation. Read morePublished on September 6, 2006 by Dave. B.
Buy this book if you have avid interest in the role of DNA in the formation of the brain/mind. From a layman's perspective, I should add that, there are very few books on this... Read morePublished on April 2, 2006 by Suvro Ghosh
I didn't plan on reading this book but it jumped into my hands, and I couldn't put it down. I already knew a lot about the topic, being a fan of Richard Dawkins and Stephen Pinker. Read morePublished on August 13, 2005 by Wyote