Genome: The Autobiography Of Species In 23 Chapters: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

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Genome: The Autobiography Of Species In 23 Chapters: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

Genome: The Autobiography Of Species In 23 Chapters: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

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Ridley says none of the studies supporting this have controlled for genetic influences, that the child of an abuser would have the same genetic disposition to be an abuser.

I feel the author did this in an attempt to cover too many topics and round the book with a nice conclusion, one that wasn't needed.Ridley points out the relationship between cholesterol, steroidal hormones such as progesterone, cortisol, aldosterone, testosterone and oestradiol.

I found most gripping the sections towards the end, as we become gradually more aware of the fantastic possibilities of genetic engineering. Genome, his most famous book, isn't quite as awful as the latter, but Ridley's godawful politics shine through often enough to irritate. And, remarkably, as one ages from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, the importance of heritability of IQ increases!

This really helped me to figure out a bit more about what I would be studying and gave me something interesting to talk about in my interview. I hope that I can leave it as a legacy to my grandchildren, but if they are not curious like I have been then it will have been all for nought. For example, Coyne mentions Ridley's incorrect claim that "half of your IQ is inherited"; [3] that Ridley assumes that the marker used by Robert Plomin, IGF2R, is the purported "intelligence gene" [3] that it marks; and that social influences on behaviour [always] work by switching genes on and off, something that Coyne states is "occasionally true".

Silver, reviewing Genome in The New York Times, argues that the book's theme is that each individual's genome contains "echoes" (Ridley's word) of their ancestors' lives.If your gene says “CAG” no more than 10 or 15 times—that is, if you have 10–15 ‘repeats’—you have a healthy version. The thrust of Ridley's political philosophy is in complex systems control is not centralized but distributed - a view I fully subscribe to.



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