Book Discussion on Nature Via Nurture

Matt Ridley discussed his book about the origins of human behavior, Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience, and What Makes Us Human, from… read more

Matt Ridley discussed his book about the origins of human behavior, Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience, and What Makes Us Human, from HarperCollins. Published fifty years after the discovery of the double helix of DNA, the book recounts the century-long debate between the advocates of nature and nurture. It was announced in February 2001 that the human genome contains only 30,000 genes as opposed to the 100,000 originally hypothesized. According to Mr. Ridley, the discovery has revitalized the nature versus nurture debate. It led scientists to conclude that humans appear to lack sufficient genes to account for the myriad of ways in which they behave and to search for other explanations. Mr. Ridley suggests that in addition to determining the structure of the brain, genes also learn from constructive experiences, react to social cues and activate memory. Therefore, while nature depends on genes, genes also evolve through nurture. A question and answer period followed Mr. Ridley’s remarks. close

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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Jun 22, 2003
Last Aired:
Aug 31, 2003

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  • Jun 22, 2003 | 2:08pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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  • Aug 31, 2003 | 5:33am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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