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The Intelligent Genome: On the Origin of the Human Mind by Mutation and Selection (Paperback)
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The Intelligent Genome: On the Origin of the Human Mind by Mutation and Selection (Paperback)

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Paperback 355 Pages / Published: 01/12/2010
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Do our genes determine our behavior? Do humans occupy a unique position in evolution? To clarify these provoking questions, the author takes the reader on an ambitious and entertaining journey through a variety of scientific disciplines. In doing so, he creates an image of human evolution that argues that our entire individual knowledge is determined - to the smallest detail - by phylogeny. A provoking and controversial analysis of the theory of our inability to learn something new and of the extent to which our behavior is determined by our genes.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
ISBN: 9783642086489
Number of pages: 355
Weight: 682 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 19 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 200


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"All knowledge of the individual is located in the genome, argues Heschl. With such a radicality he goes much further than many other researchers like Richard Dawkins, the advocate of the selfish gene."
Frankfurter Allgemeine, translated from issue June 17, 1998.

"We cannot exclude the possibility that Heschl is simply right."
Josef H. Reichholf, translated from "Psychologie heute" (July 1999)

"I basically agree with Heschl's theses."
Manfred Eigen, translated from a personal letter to the author (Nov. 1999)

"Written by a trained ethologist and genetic epistemologist, and translated from the 1998 German original, The Intelligent Genome highlights how little we know about the genetic determination of human behaviour. ... Although a very intense text, readers of this book may be drawn from various disciplines ... . A rich source of bibliography and widely drawn quotes from famous philosophers and scientists, the book can also be a good research resource and reference book for any library collection." (Harjeet Khanna, Today's Life Science, Vol. 14 (5), 2002)

"Burying the myth of the human miracle, the author Adolf Heschl goes beyond any known theories. ... In a clear-cut scientific approach, Heschl claims that intelligence, although individually shaped throughout life, already pre-exists in the genome. ... The author analyses theories of scientists such as Darwin, Lamarck or Weisman, at the same time taking a highly critical look at his own point of view. Following the road of mankind, the reader is taken on both an ambitious and entertaining journey." (Science in Africa, March, 2002)

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