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Beyond nature versus nurture

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An accessible discussion of the search for a genetic basis of psychological functions – and its futility – from the Guardian.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2010/sep/09/gene-intelligence-genetic-testing

It concentrates on the interaction between environmental factors and genes of small effect, but doesn’t look at the effects of human agency on development. It also doesn’t really consider why such explanations are so popular, and particularly overlooks the political usefulness, from a certain perspective, of genetic explanations. It’s well worth a read though, to get beyond the false nature/nurture dichotomy.

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Written by daijones

September 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Eugenics never went away

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Written by daijones

September 11, 2010 at 6:53 pm

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“Gene for gullibility”

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Written by daijones

September 11, 2010 at 6:49 pm

“Neuromarketing”?!!

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Written by daijones

September 11, 2010 at 6:41 pm