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Read online Il gene agile: La nuova alleanza fra eredità e ambiente .pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Il gene agile: La nuova alleanza fra eredità e ambiente Armed with extraordinary new discoveries about our genes acclaimed science writer Matt Ridley turns his attention to the nature versus nurture debate in a thoughtful book about the roots of human behavior .

Ridley recounts the hundred years war between the partisans of nature and nurture to explain how this paradoxical creature the human being can be simultaneously free willed and motivated by instinct and culture With the decoding of the human genome we now know that genes not only predetermine the broad structure of the brain they also absorb formative experiences react to social cues and even run memory They are consequences as well as causes of the will by Matt Ridley, Isabella C. Blum

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Il gene agile: La nuova alleanza fra eredità e ambiente
Title:Il gene agile: La nuova alleanza fra eredità e ambiente
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Number of Pages:483
Category:Science, Non fiction, Psychology, Biology, Evolution, Genetics
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If as Matt Ridley suggests science is simply the search for new forms of ignorance then perhaps it follows that with science s advances come new questions Will human genetic engineering become commonplace Will human cloning ever be safe Are there many universes How much will the climate change during the coming century br br em The Best American Science Writing em gathers top writers and scientists covering the latest developments in the fastest changing farthest reaching scientific fields such as medicine genetics computer technology evolutionary psychology cutting edge physics and the environment Among this year s selections In The Made to Order Savior Lisa Belkin spotlights two desperate families seeking an unprecedented cure by a medically and ethically unprecedented means creating a genetically matched child Margaret Talbot s A Desire to Duplicate reveals that the first human clone may very likely come from an entirely unexpected source and sooner than we think Michael Specter reports on the shock waves rippling through the field of neuroscience following the revolutionary discovery that adult brain cells might in fact regenerate Rethinking the Brain Christopher Dickey s I Love My Glow Bunny recounts with sly humor a peculiar episode in which genetic engineering and artistic culture collide Natalie Angier draws an insightful contrast between suicide terrorists and rescue workers who risk their lives and finds that sympathy and altruism have a definite place in the evolution of human nature David Berlinski s What Brings a World into Being ponders the idea of biology and physics as essentially digital technologies exploring the mysteries encoded in the universe s smallest units be they cells or quanta Nicholas Wade shows how one of the most controversial books of the year em The Skeptical Environmentalist em by former Greenpeace member and self described leftist Bjorn Lomborg debunks some of the most cherished tenets of the environmental movement suggesting that things are perhaps not as bad as we ve been led to believe And as a counterpoint Darcy Frey s profile of George Divoky reveals a dedicated researcher whose love of birds and mystery leads to some sobering discoveries about global warming and forcefully reminds us of the unsung heroes of science those who put in long hours fill in small details and take great trouble br br In the end the unanswered questions are what sustain scientific inquiry open new frontiers of knowledge and lead to new technologies and medical treatments The Best American Science Writing is a series of exciting reports from science s front lines where what we don t know is every bit as important as what we know, The em New York Times em bestselling author of em The Rational Optimist em and em Genome em returns with a fascinating brilliant argument for evolution that definitively dispels a dangerous widespread myth that we can command and control our world br br em The Evolution of Everything em is about bottom up order and its enemy the top down twitch the endless fascination human beings have for design rather than evolution for direction rather than emergence Drawing on anecdotes from science economics history politics and philosophy Matt Ridley s wide ranging highly opinionated opus demolishes conventional assumptions that major scientific and social imperatives are dictated by those on high whether in government business academia or morality On the contrary our most important achievements develop from the bottom up Patterns emerge trends evolve Just as skeins of geese form Vs in the sky without meaning to and termites build mud cathedrals without architects so brains take shape without brain makers learning can happen without teaching and morality changes without a plan br br Although we neglect defy and ignore them bottom up trends shape the world The growth of technology the sanitation driven health revolution the quadrupling of farm yields so that more land can be released for nature these were largely emergent phenomena as were the Internet the mobile phone revolution and the rise of Asia Ridley demolishes the arguments for design and effectively makes the case for evolution in the universe morality genes the economy culture technology the mind personality population education history government God money and the future br br As compelling as it is controversial authoritative as it is ambitious Ridley s stunning perspective will revolutionize the way we think about our world and how it works, No description available, The human genome the complete set of genes housed in twenty three pairs of chromosomes is nothing less than an autobiography of our species br br Spelled out in a billion three letter words using the four letter alphabet of DNA the genome has been edited abridged altered and added to as it has been handed down generation to generation over more than three billion years br br With the first draft of the human genome due to be published in we this lucky generation are the first beings who are able to read this extraordinary book and to gain hitherto unimaginable insights into what it means to be alive to be human to be conscious or to be ill br br By picking one newly discovered gene from each of the twenty three human chromosomes and telling its story Matt Ridley recounts the history of our species and its ancestors from the dawn of life to the brink of future medicine br br He finds genes that we share with bacteria genes that distinguish us from chimpanzees genes that can condemn us to cruel diseases genes that may influence our intelligence genes that enable us to use grammatical language genes that guide the development of our bodies and our brains genes that allow us to remember genes that exhibit the strange alchemy of nature and nurture genes that parasitise us for their own selfish ends genes that battle with one another and genes that record the history of human migrations br br From Huntington s disease to cancer he explores the applications of genetics the search for understanding and therapy the horrors of eugenics and the philosophical implications for understanding the paradox of free will br br Author Biography Matt Ridley is a former scienceeditor Washington correspondent and U S editor for the Economist He is the author of The Red Queen Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature and The Origins of Virtue Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation He lives in England with his wife and two children