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The Genetic Inferno

The Genetic Inferno
Inside the Seven Deadly Sins

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  • Date Published: October 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521640640

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  • What makes us react or feel the way we do? If you have ever asked yourself this question, then let gifted writer John Medina take you on a fascinating tour of the questions involved in the quest to understand the biological basis of human behavior. By describing the gap that exists between a human behavior and a human gene, this captivating book both clarifies and debunks ideas about the genetic roots of behavior, from the genes of divorce to the tendency to eat chocolate. Using Dante's The Divine Comedy as an organizing framework, The Genetic Inferno explains each of the "seven deadly sins"--lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride--in terms of twentieth century genes and brains. Written by a practicing research scientist, this book is not only for biologists, but for literature majors, business people, and parents--indeed anyone interested in how our genes work to make us behave the way we do.

    • Extremely easy to read - uses medieval and literary metaphors to illustrate complex molecular biological concepts
    • Attempts to 'desensationalize' data concerning behaviors and genes by giving an honest description of the genetics of human behaviour from a molecular biologist's point of view
    • Carefully illustrated with many clear and simple drawings to explain ideas involved
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    "...this illuminating survey examines the nature of consciousness as well as the biological basis of emotions...More a speculative introduction than a definitive investigation into the genetics of emotion, this survey is best suited for biopsychology buffs and, in the author's words, 'literature majors, political science types, business people' with a scientific bent rather than research professionals." Publishers Weekly

    "With lively imagination and ferocious wit, bioengineer Medina examines from a genetic and neurological perspective Dante's seven deadly sins. Teaser: The human brain is Hell." Discover

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521640640
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The power of physics envy
    2. Lust
    3. Gluttony
    4. Avarice
    5. Sloth
    6. Wrath
    7. Envy
    8. Pride

  • Author

    John J. Medina, University of Washington

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