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

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

by Steven J. Heine

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Overview

“[An] important book.… Heine’s vibrant writing makes it come alive with personal significance for every reader.”—Carol Dweck, author of Mindset


Scientists expect one billion people to have their genomes sequenced by 2025. Yet cultural psychologist Steven J. Heine argues that, in trying to know who we are and where we come from, we’re likely to completely misinterpret what’s “in our DNA.” Heine’s fresh, surprising conclusions about the promise, and limits, of genetic engineering and DNA testing upend conventional thinking and reveal a simple, profound truth: your genes create life—but they do not control it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393355802
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/21/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 556,483
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 How Genes Make You Who You Are 11

3 Your Genes, Your Soul? 39

4 The Oracle at 23andMe: Genetic Testing and Disease 61

5 Born This Way: Thinking about Gender and Sexual Orientation 97

6 Race and Ancestry: How Our Genes Connect and Divide Us 129

7 Essences and the Seductive Allure of Eugenics 167

8 A Brave New World: Engineering Better Essences 209

9 Harnessing Our Essentialist Impulses: How Should We Think about Genes? 245

Acknowledgments 269

Notes 271

Index 333

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