Born That Way: Genes, Behavior, Personality

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Taking the nature vs. nurture debate to a new level, this fascinating, comprehensive journey into the world of genetic research and molecular biology offers a fresh assessment of the work that has been done in this relatively new field during the last half century-work that has demolished common assumptions and overturned existing theories about what determines our personality and behavior.

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William Wright takes on the question of nature versus nurture, examining the roles heredity and environment play in determining not only what we look like, but why some of us like coffee rather than tea or prefer cats to dogs. Wright's position is clearly in favor of genetic control of our predispositions, based on compelling evidence from various research such as the famous University of Minnesota studies of identical twins raised separately and from newer work such as that outlined in Dean Hamer's Living with Our Genes. Wright states emphatically, "The nature-nurture war is over." But he carefully avoids much of the outcry that met biologist E.O. Wilson's introduction of the principles of sociobiology by stating up front that genes aren't everything: "None of the data turned up by behavioral geneticists shows genes to be tyrannical commands, but rather nudges, sometimes strong, but more often weak."

Wright makes a strong case for genetic determinism, while carefully distancing himself from the socio-political ramifications of saying people are "born that way." He does this by showing how decades of research pointing toward genes as determiners of body and mind has been misinterpreted by groups or individuals intent on achieving their nonscientific goals. --Therese Littleton

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"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."
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"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

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