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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 24 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 2, 2000
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0000544S3
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If there's a fault with this book and this line of thought, it's that it doesn't give any room for nurture at all. It seems unlikely to me that if we evolved to care for children that caring has no impact on their lives.
But, this is is something everyone should read and think about. Even if you don't agree with the author, you will enjoy the writing and the clarity of thought.
I think this is a significant contribution to biogenetics and the social sciences and an amazing start to an incredibly important theoretical advance.
I aslo want to point out that I first learned of this book from reading Steven Pinker's THE BLANK SLATE. I must say that I really like Pinker's writing style, but, learning that he wrote that book after THE NURTURE ASSUMPTION, I'm thinking that he got his style from Judith Rich Harris!! She writes so wonderfully, so elegantly, so eloquently, and so engagingly, that I hope she writes another one. But just how many groundbreaking, paradigm-shattering, wholly original works of research can one person create? Best wishes... - lc
"A big city high school for example is likely to contain a group of boys who have artistic or theatrical interests and are not attracted to girls. Groups of this sort are seldom found in small rural high schools, which may be one of the reasons why male homosexuality is much less common in such settings." I'm sure Dr Dobson would approve.
Harris' book is also an important book for parents. Variation across children in attributes such as IQ or personality can be attributed to three sources: the portion due to heredity, the portion due to shared (with siblings) home environment, and the portion due to the unshared environment. Surprisingly, heredity accounts for over half the variation and the unshared environment accounts for most of the rest--the home environment is relatively insignificant. Harris' own interpretation of these findings is that the unshared environment mostly consists of peer group influences. This is not the sole and obvious interpretation--it could also be due to factors such as the prenatal environment--but Harris makes a good case for peer group effects. Her message is that the most important handle parents have in shaping their children is in the selection of their peer groups.
The book is well-written and easily accessible to undergraduates or even intelligent high school students.