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Posted April 4, 2008
Not original and is too close to eugenics
This book was sadly another Myers-Briggs test repackaged with a dangerous and alarming twist. Emergenetics uses colors instead of the letters that Myers-Briggs uses and is not very original. But what is disturbing is including the Nature vs. Nurture element to the book. Emergenetics says that people are partially predetermined to certain personality traits based on genetics. It is right there in the name. There is some scientific evidence both ways but it is a fine line to say that some people have certain personalities based on genes not their environment. Are some people genetically predetermined to be better at certain jobs? If so what does this book say about race, gender and so forth? Now this book does not cover a lot of what the nature vs. nurture argument is about, however it seems to me Emergenetics falls partly on the nature side. Such a sensitive and potentially volatile subject has been debated by experts and top psychologists for a long time. On the genetics extreme you have fascists and Nazis who say yes certain people are genetically superior to others. On the nurture side people believe that the environment someone is raised in and the experiences they have are all that matters. Emergenetics says it¿s a mix. I do not have a degree on this minefield of a subject so I looked into the Authors Company and background. She has a PHD for the University of Nebraska in Education and was a school principal, no psychology or genetics background at all that I can find. Her husband the Vice-President according to his bio has a degree in Geography and History on his way to law school. No one on the staff I could find has any degree in psychology or genetics. This book is just more of the same unoriginal buzz word bingo corporation¿s love. I doubt the people who have to attend trainings based on this stuff even tune in. I also think companies would be shocked to find out how little science backs up this book and about how this topic could quickly become about race.
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