Gorotsuki Tenshi (aekiy) wrote,
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The Dominant Animal

Yesterday I borrowed The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment by Paul R. and Anne H. Ehrlich from the local library.  Each chapter begins with a quote, and the quote beginning the fourth chapter, "Of Genes and Culture," was this:

"If you think we are hard wired [by our genes]—that is, everything is deterministic—there should be a lot more genes because we have a lot more traits. This makes me as a scientist both laugh and cry. I laugh at the absurdity of it and I want to cry because it is accepted by so much of our society."
       —J. Craig Venter (who led the sequencing of the human genome), 2001
Tags: books, quotes, sociology
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