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The Agile Gene: How Nature Turns on Nurture

The Agile Gene: How Nature Turns on Nurture
Author: Matt Ridley
ISBN 13: 9780060006792
ISBN 10: 6000679
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 2004-07-06
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
List Price: $13.99

Journalist and science editor Ridley examines the endless nature v. nurture controversy and, in essence, dismisses it. He believes our genes are the servants of our environment rather than its masters, and that they are the "consequence as well as causes of the will." Ridley believes, based on recent research, that genes enable rather than restrain our potential and our ability to make the best use of our experiences. He also believes that instinct and learning are not opposites but work together in complex ways in brains in which the only constant is change. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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