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  • Written by William Wright
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Born That Way

Genes, Behavior, Personality

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On Sale: June 06, 2012
Pages: 320 | ISBN: 978-0-307-81938-3
Published by : Knopf Knopf
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A comprehensive view of the most heated debate of our time -- are genes the primary influence on human personality and behavior? In presenting the recent findings, William Wright argues that in a century dominated by psychoanalytic thought, there has been an insistence that humans, unlike all other species, are brought into the world as blank slates on which personalities are etched by the environment. Wright describes the overthrow of this view by psychologists and geneticists whose discoveries, most dramatically through studies of identical twins separated at birth, have resulted in the recognition of the major role played by genes in personality and behavior. Wright describes how molecular biologists have reinforced these findings by locating the links between genes and behavior in DNA itself. And he explores the exciting future prospects of treating such conditions as depression, addiction, and hyper-aggressiveness that are implicit in the behavioral-genetic revolution.


"It takes an independent writer and free spirit to tell the story straight, and thank God Wright
has done it."
--Edward O. Wilson, author of Consilience

"A revelation and a pleasure. . . It presents the mysteries of human genetics and behavior in a way that leaves the reader enlightened, conversant, and entertained. A most rewarding book. . ."
--Robert Stone

"It makes the genes-versus-environment conundrum not only comprehensible by the non-expert, but highly entertaining and sometimes even dramatic."
--Alison Lurie

"Science reporting as good as this is as rare as it is valuable. . . . It should capture the attention of
professionals and the public alike."
--Robin Fox, Professor of Social Theory, Rutgers University

"A gifted writer and an astute observer, he has carefully researched the issues and forcefully presented his arguments. . . . Wright offers an informative and engrossing account of the fundamental shift in thinking on the nature/nurture issue."
Library Journal

"A riveting new book. . . . Wright writes with verve and clarity. . . . Wright discusses the turn-of-the-century eugenicists who all but ignored environmental influences and who failed to foresee dangers in 'procreational tinkering.' "
--Susan Miron, Philadelphia Inquirer

"A brisk and businesslike guide whose lively prose is lighted with flashes of wry humor. . . . His enthusiasm is contagious. . . . Born that Way is a stimulating and highly readable introduction to the nature-nurture debate."
--Derek Bickerton, The New York Times Book Review

"The research that Wright describes is captivating. . . . Born that Way is a paean to the influence genes exert on human thought and action."
--Noah J. Efron, Boston Book Review

  • Born That Way by William Wright
  • June 06, 2012
  • Science - Genetics; Science
  • Knopf
  • $18.99
  • 9780307819383

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