Nature, not nurture is what makes us who we are. Plomin explores the implications of this, drawing some provocative conclusions—among them that parenting styles don't really affect children's outcomes once genetics is taken into effect. A top behavioral geneticist makes the case that DNA inherited from our parents at the moment of conception can predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses.
Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are The MIT Press #ad - In blueprint, behavioral geneticist robert Plomin describes how the DNA revolution has made DNA personal by giving us the power to predict our psychological strengths and weaknesses from birth. Neither tiger mothers nor attachment parenting affects children's ability to get into Harvard. He reports that genetics explains more of the psychological differences among people than all other factors combined.
. This, says Plomin, is a game changer. After describing why dna matters, plomin explains what DNA does, offering readers a unique insider's view of the exciting synergies that came from combining genetics and psychology. Plomin has been working on these issues for almost fifty years, conducting longitudinal studies of twins and adoptees.
The Emotional Foundations of Personality: A Neurobiological and Evolutionary ApproachW. W. Norton & Company #ad - This book forms part of his lasting legacy and impact on a wide range of scientific and humanistic disciplines. It will be essential reading for anyone trying to understand how we act in the world, and the world’s impact on us. Yes, your dog feels love—and many other things too. These subcortically generated emotions bias our actions, provide the basis for our thoughts and memories, guide our learning, alter our perceptions, and become regulated over the course of our lives.
Understanding personality development from the perspective of mammals is a groundbreaking approach, and one that sheds new light on the ways in which we as humans respond to life events, both good and bad. Jaak panksepp, famous for discovering laughter in rats and for creating the field of affective neuroscience, died in April 2017.
The Emotional Foundations of Personality: A Neurobiological and Evolutionary Approach #ad - A choice magazine outstanding Academic Title of 2018. A novel approach to understanding personality, based on evidence that we share more than we realize with other mammals. This book presents the wealth of scientific evidence that our personality emerges from evolved primary emotions shared by all mammals.
Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We ArePrinceton University Press #ad - A leading neuroscientist explains why your personal traits are more innate than you thinkWhat makes you the way you are—and what makes each of us different from everyone else? In Innate, leading neuroscientist and popular science blogger Kevin Mitchell traces human diversity and individual differences to their deepest level: in the wiring of our brains.
Deftly guiding us through important new research, sexuality, shaping our personality, intelligence, including his own groundbreaking work, he explains how variations in the way our brains develop before birth strongly influence our psychology and behavior throughout our lives, and even the way we perceive the world.
Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are #ad - We all share a genetic program for making a human brain, and the program for making a brain like yours is specifically encoded in your DNA. But, the way that program plays out is affected by random processes of development that manifest uniquely in each person, as Mitchell explains, even identical twins.
. The key insight of innate is that the combination of these developmental and genetic variations creates innate differences in how our brains are wired—differences that impact all aspects of our psychology—and this insight promises to transform the way we see the interplay of nature and nurture. Innate also explores the genetic and neural underpinnings of disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and epilepsy, and how our understanding of these conditions is being revolutionized.
In addition, the book examines the social and ethical implications of these ideas and of new technologies that may soon offer the means to predict or manipulate human traits. Compelling and original, Innate will change the way you think about why and how we are who we are.
The Social Leap: The New Evolutionary Science of Who We Are, Where We Come From, and What Makes Us HappyHarper Wave #ad - Their struggle to survive on the open grasslands required a shift from individualism to a new form of collectivism, which forever altered the way our mind works. In the compelling popular science tradition of sapiens and Guns, and Steel, a groundbreaking and eye-opening exploration that applies evolutionary science to provide a new perspective on human psychology, Germs, revealing how major challenges from our past have shaped some of the most fundamental aspects of our being.
The most fundamental aspects of our lives—from leadership and innovation to aggression and happiness—were permanently altered by the "social leap" our ancestors made from the rainforest to the savannah. From the mundane, such as why we exaggerate, to the surprising, such as why we believe our own lies and why fame and fortune are as likely to bring misery as happiness, the implications are far reaching and extraordinary.
The Social Leap: The New Evolutionary Science of Who We Are, Where We Come From, and What Makes Us Happy #ad - Blending anthropology, and psychology with evolutionary science, what makes us happy, biology, The Social Leap is a fresh and provocative look at our species that provides new clues about who we are, history, and how to use this knowledge to improve our lives. It changed the way we fight and our proclivity to make peace, it made us innovative but not inventive, it created a new kind of social intelligence, it changed the way we lead and the way we follow, and it led to new sources of life satisfaction.
In the social leap, william von hippel lays out this revolutionary hypothesis, tracing human development through three critical evolutionary inflection points to explain how events in our distant past shape our lives today.
How Physics Makes Us FreeOxford University Press #ad - In 1687 isaac newton ushered in a new scientific era in which laws of nature could be used to predict the movements of matter with almost perfect precision. What does it mean to make a decision, and what does it mean to say that our actions are determined? What are laws of nature? What are causes? What sorts of things are we, when viewed through the lenses of physics, and how do we fit into the natural order? Ismael provides a deeply informed account of what physics tells us about ourselves.
It is discussed by everyone from freshman in their first philosophy class, to theoretical physicists in bars after conferences. The result is a vision that is abstract, illuminating, alien, and-Ismael argues-affirmative of most of what we all believe about our own freedom. Written in a jargon-free style, How Physics Makes Us Free provides an accessible and innovative take on a central question of human existence.
. The problem of free will raises all kinds of questions. And yet there is no topic that remains more unsettling, and less well understood. If you want to get behind the façade, past the bare statement of determinism, and really try to understand what physics is telling us in its own terms, read this book.
How Physics Makes Us Free #ad - Newton's physics also posed a profound challenge to our self-understanding, however, for the very same laws that keep airplanes in the air and rivers flowing downhill tell us that it is in principle possible to predict what each of us will do every second of our entire lives, given the early conditions of the universe.
Can it really be that even while you toss and turn late at night in the throes of an important decision and it seems like the scales of fate hang in the balance, that your decision is a foregone conclusion? Can it really be that everything you have done and everything you ever will do is determined by facts that were in place long before you were born? This problem is one of the staples of philosophical discussion.
Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human PastVintage #ad - Reich delves into how the genomic revolution is transforming our understanding of modern humans and how DNA studies reveal deep inequalities among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals. Provocatively, reich’s book suggests that there might very well be biological differences among human populations but that these differences are unlikely to conform to common stereotypes.
Drawing upon revolutionary findings and unparalleled scientific studies, Who We Are and How We Got Here is a captivating glimpse into humankind—where we came from and what that says about our lives today. A groundbreaking book about how ancient DNA has profoundly changed our understanding of human history.
Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past #ad - Geneticists like david reich have made astounding advances in the field of genomics, which is proving to be as important as archeology, linguistics, and written records as a means to understand our ancestry. In who we are and how we got here, reich allows readers to discover how the human genome provides not only all the information a human embryo needs to develop but also the hidden story of our species.
Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and ClassTwelve #ad - Human diversity does so without sensationalism, drawing on the most authoritative scientific findings, celebrating both our many differences and our common humanity. There are no monsters in the closet, " Murray writes, "no dread doors we must fear opening. But it is a story that needs telling. The problem is that all three dogmas are half-truths.
All people are equal but, as human Diversity explores, all groups of people are not the same -- a fascinating investigation of the genetics and neuroscience of human differences. The thesis of human diversity is that advances in genetics and neuroscience are overthrowing an intellectual orthodoxy that has ruled the social sciences for decades.
Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class #ad - The core of the orthodoxy consists of three dogmas:- Gender is a social construct. Race is a social construct. Class is a function of privilege. They have stifled progress in understanding the rich texture that biology adds to our understanding of the social, political, and economic worlds we live in. It is not a story to be feared.
Short Stories Xist ClassicsXist Classics #ad - Short stories from fyodor dostoevsky this collection contains: an honest thief a novel in nine letters An Unpleasant Predicament Another Man's Wife The Heavenly Christmas Tree The Peasant Marey The Crocodile Bobok The Dream of a Ridiculous Man This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents.
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Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good SocietyLittle, Brown Spark #ad - In blueprint, Nicholas A. But by exploring the ancient roots of goodness in civilization, Blueprint shows that our genes have shaped societies for our welfare and that, and are still shaping, societies have shaped, in a feedback loop stretching back many thousands of years, our genes today. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, friendship, including our capacity for love, cooperation, and learning.
In a world of increasing political and economic polarization, it's tempting to ignore the positive role of our evolutionary past. For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. A dazzlingly erudite synthesis of history, philosophy, new york Times, economics, genetics, epidemiology, anthropology, sociology, statistics, and more" Frank Bruni, Blueprint shows how and why evolution has placed us on a humane path -- and how we are united by our common humanity.
Beneath all our inventions -- our tools, farms, cities, machines, nations -- we carry with us innate proclivities to make a good society. Christakis introduces the compelling idea that our genes affect not only our bodies and behaviors, but also the ways in which we make societies, ones that are surprisingly similar worldwide.
Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society #ad - With many vivid examples -- including diverse historical and contemporary cultures, communities formed in the wake of shipwrecks, despite a human history replete with violence, and even the tender and complex social arrangements of elephants and dolphins that so resemble our own -- Christakis shows that, commune dwellers seeking utopia, online groups thrown together by design or involving artificially intelligent bots, we cannot escape our social blueprint for goodness.
The Neuroscience of Intelligence Cambridge Fundamentals of Neuroscience in PsychologyCambridge University Press #ad - Online resources, questions and links, including additional visuals, animations, reinforce the material. The text also explores potential controversies surrounding neuro-poverty, neuro-socioeconomic status, and the morality of enhancing intelligence for everyone. He dispels common misconceptions, such as the belief that IQ tests are biased or meaningless, and debunks simple interventions alleged to increase intelligence.
In understandable language, Richard J. Readers will learn about the real possibility of dramatically enhancing intelligence based on neuroscience findings and the positive implications this could have for education and social policy. This book introduces new and provocative neuroscience research that advances our understanding of intelligence and the brain.
The Neuroscience of Intelligence Cambridge Fundamentals of Neuroscience in Psychology #ad - Compelling evidence shows that genetics plays a more important role than environment as intelligence develops from childhood, and that intelligence test scores correspond strongly to specific features of the brain assessed with neuroimaging. Haier explains cutting-edge techniques based on genetics, DNA, and imaging of brain connectivity and function.
Intelligence: All That MattersJohn Murray #ad - It will engage head-on with many of the criticisms of iq testing by describing the latest high-quality scientific research, but will not be a simple point-by-point rebuttal: it will make a positive case for IQ research, focusing on the potential benefits for society that a better understanding of intelligence can bring.
. There is a strange disconnect between the scientific consensus and the public mind on intelligence testing. Just mention iq testing in polite company, and only reflect how good you are at doing IQ tests; that they ignore important traits like "emotional intelligence" and "multiple intelligences"; and that those who are interested in IQ testing must be elitists, and you'll sternly be informed that IQ tests don't measure anything "real", or maybe something more sinister.
Intelligence: All That Matters #ad - Yet the scientific evidence is clear: IQ tests are extraordinarily useful. Studies of intelligence and IQ are regularly published in the world's top scientific journals. This book will offer an entertaining introduction to the state of the art in intelligence and IQ, and will show how we have arrived at what we know from a century's research.
Iq scores are related to a huge variety of important life outcomes like educational success, income, and even life expectancy, and biological studies have shown they are genetically influenced and linked to measures of the brain.