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The Agile Gene PDF-“Bracingly intelligent, lucid, balanced—witty, too. . . . A scrupulous and charming look at our modern understanding of genes and experience.” — Oliver Sacks

Armed with extraordinary new discoveries about our genes, acclaimed science writer Matt Ridley turns his attention to the nature-versus-nurture debate in a thoughtful book about the roots of human behavior.

Ridley recounts the hundred years’ war between the partisans of nature and nurture to explain how this paradoxical creature, the human being, can be simultaneously free-willed and motivated by instinct and culture. With the decoding of the human genome, we now know that genes not only predetermine the broad structure of the brain, they also absorb formative experiences, react to social cues, and even run memory. They are consequences as well as causes of the will.

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Matt Ridley’s books have been shortlisted for six literary awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (for Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters). His most recent book, The Agile Gene: How Nature Turns on Nurture, won the award for the best science book published in 2003 from the National Academies of Science. He has been a scientist, a journalist, and a national newspaper columnist, and is the chairman of the International Centre for Life, in Newcastle, England. Matt Ridley is also a visiting professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York.

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  • Identification Number ‏ : ‎ B006O3LTIY
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 14, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
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Mr. C. Doyle “It is hard to disagree with Matt Ridley’s basic argument, that it is long time this debate was put to bed. The book gets five stars because Matt quotes and discusses a lot of really interesting studies. Modern work on genetic switching show that our genetic make up is not cast in stone and that what we do and experience changes what we are. Given that it is in a sense all nature, Matt comes down fairly heavily on the more fixed aspects of nature. Some studies are truly surprising, like those that show twins bought up apart are MORE alike than those brought up together. But of course all these things are statistical, so you tend to miss what falls through the cracks. For example in a comparison of kids with and without criminal parents brought up by non-criminal families and with criminal-element families. Having criminal parents certainly increased your chances of getting in trouble, as does growing up in a criminal family, but something like 70 percent of those with criminal parents in criminal families did not have a problem. So the differences we are looking at, although big, hang between the 15 and 25 % of all groups that do get in trouble.That is big crack, and suggests there is almost some innate tendency to be honest, or at least not get caught. I did not find the section on free will very convincing, but that is okt, I really enjoyed the book, I learned quite a lot and it made me think. What more do you want?”
M. Denny “I’ve been following evolutionary biology and psychology as a layman for a long time. Among the authors I have read in this field:

Konrad Lorenz (indeed, I named my son after him)– I’ve read pretty much everything he has ever written!
Lionel Tiger and Robin Fox– various
Richard Leakey– The Origin of Humankind
Stephen Pinker–How the Mind Works
Jane Goodall– everything
and others (Stephen Jay Gould’s “Ontogeny and Phylogeny” is next on my “to read” list)
and Matt Ridley’s the Red Queen.

It is from this background that I say I enjoyed this book mightily even though some of the science went right over my head with nary a look back.

The book engages with some of the deepest questions in this field and does a wonderful job of anticipating my questions as I read it and answering them.

Highly recommended.”

Marian Ritter “This book is amazing because this author somehow makes learning about the history, experiments proving, and the exact names and places of the discussed genes (he uses many specific examples) funny, interesting, and short (considering the topic). The way that this author weaves the history, experiments, and identification together in each chapter to allow us the reader to understand how genes work and how they are “individually responsible” for controlling certain aspect of our existence. And how their control is surprisingly flexible- differing from how we had been told in the past the genes were a blueprint of exactness. Check out this amazing book. Even if you somehow only read a chapter you will be amazed at what you learn! I’m going to buy another copy now because I gave my other one away and never got it back. LOL!”
D. S. Heersink “Another Ridley home run! He’s batting a thousand. Not bad for a popularizer of science.

Don’t let the book’s title fool you. If Ridley merely resolved the nurture/nature debate, which most of us already know, the book might be a bust. However, Ridley’s means of resolution is an unsuspected, yet dramatic, one. The book’s strengths lie in applying the resolution of this dilemma to other dilemmas. Not that this approach “answers” these dilemmas; indeed, maybe the reverse, it seems to complicate them. Therein lies the book’s brilliance and novelty, while being entirely scientific.

For example, 18th C. philosopher David Hume raised doubts about humans’ causal inferences, i.e., “cause-and-effect.” E.g. The light goes out (effect). Caused by what: the filament, the glass, the wiring, the switch, the panel, or maybe something else? Many people, including scientists, dismissed Hume’s skepticism as extreme and anti-scientific. Ridley’s Fourth Chapter vindicates Hume, more dramatically than Hume himself (or Popper in 1944). The subject for discussion is “schizophrenia.” The perennial nature/nurture debate and the theories its drawn are investigated, and given Ridley’s insight and science’s “evidence,” the putative “cause(s)” of schizophrenia are all found wanting. How wanting? Incredibly wanting. But ironically, it’s not all wrong. Mostly wrong. And it’s revealed in, through, and by the prism of nature/nurture dispute, seen through the topic of schizophrenia. (The subject of causality in human behavior makes an important reappearance later.)

[N.B. A cautionary note. Chap. 3 seemed uncharacteristically long-winded and redundant. It passes and never recurs.]

Ridley’s encyclopedic knowledge (what field of knowledge does he not know?) is breathtaking. His ability to coordinate all this diverse, even disparate, knowledge in defense of this thesis is extraordinary. To keep all the scientific jargon on an accessible level is masterful. To use an artful device with elegant prose adds creativity and imagination. The implications of these insights are even more stunning. Science does not get better than this!”


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