The Agile Gene: How Nature Turns on Nurture

Paperback | July 6, 2004

byMatt Ridley

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Armed with extraordinary new discoveries about our genes, acclaimed science writer Matt Ridley turns his attention to the nature-versus-nurture debate in a thoughtful book about the roots of human behavior.

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. With the decoding of the human genome, we now know that 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.

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Armed with extraordinary new discoveries about our genes, acclaimed science writer Matt Ridley turns his attention to the nature-versus-nurture debate in a thoughtful book about the roots of human behavior.Ridley recounts the hundred years' war between the partisans of nature and nurture to explain how this paradoxical creature, the hu...

Matt Ridley is the author of several award-winning books, including Genome, The Agile Gene, and The Red Queen, which have sold more than 800,000 copies in twenty-seven languages worldwide. He lives in England.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:July 6, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006000679X

ISBN - 13:9780060006792

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure Geneius I was fortunate enough to stumble upon this book while browsing through the science section. One of the best educational books Ive read. Theres stuff in here that Id never heard of before; for example imprinting of incest aversion. The book covers a broad range of topics and approaches it from many perspectives; psychological, sociological, anthropological. A lot of the stuff here Ive read in other books, but this book is an integration of the ideas presented in all of them. I will definetely look into purchasing some of the author's other books. He also writes with a good sense of humour.
Date published: 2005-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Born a triplet, I've always been curious as to how much of our personal experiences and inherent characteristics are a product of social constructs and just to what extent are our genes are involved. In this book, Matt Ridley tackles the now-coined phrase nature versus nuture and suggests a rather interesting perspective where both nature and nurture act in conjunction and are, in fact, not as seperate as we might imagine. From the origins of human instinct and what is truly innate to what is simply a product of the environment, he touches many facets of human evolution which we often take for granted. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is keen on reading up about modern-day genetics and their application in everyday life. A definitely well-written and often comical book of evolutionary proportions!
Date published: 2005-07-25

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