Killer brain, killer genes

When I saw the headline, I thought to myself – “uh oh, there we go again”. After reading systematically newspapers and magazines a while ago looking precisely for this kind of reductionist science report, I expected yet another deterministic account of how genes and/or brain structures ultimately account for everything one does…

Bonus mocking courtesy of boingboing:


It turns out that sometimes negative expectations do not pan out. The web blurb (it is a an announcement for an NPR series – is actually quite interesting, and I particularly liked the following bit:

“Significantly, he says this journey through his brain has changed the way he thinks about nature and nurture. He once believed that genes and brain function could determine everything about us. But now he thinks his childhood may have made all the difference.”

There is still hope, after all. 🙂


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