In this clever, entertaining, and thoughtful book, Marks lays out some important limitations of science in general and genetics in particular. Using terms that everybody can understand, he demolishes the pretensions of scientists who try to use genetics to answer questions about the kinship of nations, the rights of animals, the racial identity of Kennewick Man, the hereditary Jewish priesthood, and the existence of God. Marks has a lot of fun with all this, and so will his readers."Matt Cartmill, author of A View to Death in the Morning: Hunting and Nature through History
Speak[s] to the power of science as a tool for either understanding ourselves or fooling ourselves. We now know there is a biological basis for human nature, but apparently what we do too often with this nature is to nurture our own prejudices.