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Genetic determinism

August 10th, 2007 · No Comments

Prisoners of our genes?

Many people find this dispiriting. They say it suggests we are prisoners of our genes, automatons formed by an arbitrary, inherited nature from which we cannot escape. It certainly threatens the postmodernist view that holds social conditioning to be vital to behaviour. A large role for genes, though, need not threaten the cherished idea that individuals are free to make their own decisions. It actually does the reverse.

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