Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are (Paperback)Robert Plomin (author)
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Already fuelling debate this ground-breaking, highly readable addition to the nature/nurture question from a leading geneticist suggests that we owe more to our genes than we ever imagined.
'A clear and engaging explanation of one of the hottest fields in science' - Steven Pinker
One of the world's top behavioural geneticists argues that we need a radical rethink about what makes us who we are The blueprint for our individuality lies in the 1% of DNA that differs between people. Our intellectual capacity, our introversion or extraversion, our vulnerability to mental illness, even whether we are a morning person - all of these aspects of our personality are profoundly shaped by our inherited DNA differences.
In Blueprint, Robert Plomin, a pioneer in the field of behavioural genetics, draws on a lifetime's worth of research to make the case that DNA is the most important factor shaping who we are. Our families, schools and the environment around us are important, but they are not as influential as our genes. This is why, he argues, teachers and parents should accept children for who they are, rather than trying to mould them in certain directions.
Even the environments we choose and the signal events that impact our lives, from divorce to addiction, are influenced by our genetic predispositions.
Now, thanks to the DNA revolution, it is becoming possible to predict who we will become, at birth, from our DNA alone. As Plomin shows us, these developments have sweeping implications for how we think about parenting, education, and social mobility.
A game-changing book by a leader in the field, Blueprint shows how the DNA present in the single cell with which we all begin our lives can impact our behaviour as adults.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 224 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
'A clear and engaging explanation of one of the hottest (and most interesting) fields in science, by perhaps its most distinguished practitioner' - Steven Pinker
'This fascinating book, by the doyen of behavioural genetics, provides a superb introduction to the genetics of who we are. It is beautifully written and very challenging, but it is a challenge that we all need to reflect on' - Sir Richard Layard, emeritus professor of economics at LSE and the author of Happiness and Thrive
'Robert Plomin's engaging book, drawing on his 35 years of research experience, makes the complex field of behavioural genetics accessible for a non-expert reader. An important work, Blueprint calls for a society-wide conversation to debate the ethics of this new knowledge and our responsibilities, as this shouldn't just be left in the hands of geneticists' - Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University and author of Zero Degrees of Empathy