DNA and Destiny

R. Grant Steen, Author Da Capo Press $28.95 (295p) ISBN 978-0-306-45260-4
In a useful, opinionated, accessible survey of the nature-versus-nurture controversy, Steen, a Tennessee medical researcher in brain physiology, argues that human behavior is roughly half the result of genes and half the result of the environment, with an ongoing interplay between the two forces. He reviews recent research suggesting that children structure their own environments, selecting milieus congruent with heritable personality traits and proclivities. Steen defends intelligence tests as a measure of general problem-solving ability, but he attacks Richard Herrnstein's and Charles Murray's bestseller The Bell Curve as a pseudoscientific legitimization of racism. He finds the evidence of a genetic and hormonal basis for homosexuality to be fairly compelling. Alcoholism, he maintains, is a disease to which many people inherit a genetic susceptibility, although family environment plays a strong causative role. His synthesis touches on many topics, from cognitive and emotional differences between men and women to transsexuality, eugenics, sociobiology and a reported link between attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and criminality. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1996
Release date: 03/01/1996
Show other formats
FORMATS
Paperback - 295 pages - 978-0-7382-0619-6
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.