Nature Via Nurture

Nature Via Nurture (Paperback)

By Matt Ridley 
Publisher: HarperCollins
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
EAN: 9781841157467
No. of Pages: 352
Binding: Paperback
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Acclaimed author Matt Ridley's thrilling follow-up to his bestseller Genome . Armed with the extraordinary new discoveries about our genes, Ridley turns his attention to the nature versus nurture debate to bring the first popular account of the roots of human behaviour.

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.

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 fifty years after the discovery of the double helix of DNA, Nature via Nurture chronicles a new revolution in our understanding of genes. 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. Nature via Nurture is an enthralling, up-to-the-minute account of how genes build brains to absorb experience.

This clever and ambitious book is full of novel insights and reflections. - James Le Fanu, Sunday Telegraph

Ridley belongs to the coterie that truly pushes science forward and brings it within the broader purlieus of "culture". Nature via Nurture is another fine contribution to an already outstanding oeuvre. - Colin Tudge, Independent Magazine

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Title: Nature Via Nurture
Publisher: HarperCollins
Author: Matt Ridley
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
EAN: 9781841157467
No. of Pages: 352
Binding: Paperback

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