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Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are

Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are

by Bill Sullivan


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Why are you attracted to a certain "type?" Why are you a morning person? Why do you vote the way you do? From a witty new voice in popular science comes a clever, life-changing look at what makes you you.

"I can't believe I just said that." "What possessed me to do that?" "What's wrong with me?" We're constantly seeking answers to these fundamental human questions, and now, science has the answers. The foods we enjoy, the people we love, the emotions we feel, and the beliefs we hold can all be traced back to our DNA, germs, and environment. This witty, colloquial book is popular science at its best, describing in everyday language how genetics, epigenetics, microbiology, and psychology work together to influence our personality and actions. Mixing cutting-edge research and relatable humor, Pleased to Meet Me is filled with fascinating insights that shine a light on who we really are—and how we might become our best selves.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426220555
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 250,956
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

BILL SULLIVAN is a professor of pharmacology and microbiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where he studies infectious disease and genetics. An award-winning researcher, teacher, and science communicator, Sullivan has been featured in a wide variety of outlets, including CNN, Scientific American, Cosmos magazines, PLOS SciComm, The Naked Scientists, and The Scientist.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Meet the Real You 9

Chapter 1 Meet Your Maker 17

Chapter 2 Meet Your Tastes 35

Chapter 3 Meet Your Appetite 63

Chapter 4 Meet Your Addictions 93

Chapter 5 Meet Your Moods 121

Chapter 6 Meet Your Demons 153

Chapter 7 Meet Your Match 183

Chapter 8 Meet Your Mind 217

Chapter 9 Meet Your Beliefs 241

Chapter 10 Meet Your Future 269

Conclusion: Meet the New You 295

Acknowledgments 299

Select Sources 302

Index 330

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