DNA Is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship Between You and Your Genes

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.5 X 9.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Steven J. Heine is Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Social and Cultural Psychology at the University of British Columbia and author of Cultural Psychology, the top-selling textbook in the field. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.


At some point everyone wonders: 'Who am I and where did I come from?' Is there any question more fascinating? In this important book, Steve Heine tells us what our DNA can and cannot reveal about our nature, our origins, and our futures. The material is fascinating, and Heine's vibrant writing makes it come alive with personal significance for every reader.--Carol Dweck, Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and author of Mindset
Your genes contribute to your beliefs, behaviors, and life outcomes. Only in rare cases are they determinative. This brilliant, invaluable book sets straight crucial matters of heredity and environment and their interaction--and does so in lively and lucid prose.--Richard Nisbett, Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Michigan and author of Mindware
Heine ranges broadly, discussing both historical and ethical concerns, and draws heavily on social science research to investigate how people's beliefs about the power of genes influence their behavior. Heine also makes a strident critique of the direct-to-consumer genetic testing industry and a robust defense of most genetically modified organisms. . . . Enjoyable and informative.
An accessible contribution to what the author calls 'genetic literacy' and a satisfyingly hard-edged work of popular science.