Gene Worship: Moving Beyond the Nature/nurture Debate Over Genes, Brain, and Gender

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Other Press, LLC, 2003 - Psychology - 294 pages
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"A wonderful antidote to the gene hysteria that is now so dominant! . . . What is most exciting about this book is the authors' ability to move seamlessly from research on how the brain works, to sociology, history, and philosophy. And that, I believe, is exactly how we need to understand gender--neither nature nor nurture, but a complex interplay." - Dr. Lynda Birke, author ofFeminism and the Biological Body

This work moves beyond the old nature/nurture debate concerning what makes us who we are to present a new understanding of gender and sexuality. Since the mapping of the human genome there has been widespread coverage of scientific discoveries in the offing, and of the host of human problems to be solved through gene therapy, from physical defects to mental disease and even so-called 'undesirable' behavior.

As biologists with expertise in neuroscience, ethology, psychology, sociology and human ethos, Kaplan and Rogers are uniquely situated to evaluate the claims of their colleagues concerning the knowledge to be gained through the study of our biological make-up. They caution against the seductive belief that, once we understand our biological constitution, it is but a short step to complete mastery of human nature. Furthermore, they show that this belief is yet another example of how science can be subverted to defend the claims of the ruling ideology.
  

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Contents

Freedom from Genes
3
Essentialisms Determinisms
27
Limits of Biological Explanations
47
Biology and Flexibility
63
In Realities
81
Gendered World
83
Womens Biology and the Consequences
109
In Perpetuity
139
Designated Sex Development
141
Attractions
163
Gay or Queer Gene
193
Complexity Plasticity
225
References
237
Index
279
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About the author (2003)

Gisela Kaplan, Ph.D.

Gisela Kaplan, Ph.D., social scientist and scientist alike, is highly prolific in both fields. She has published numerous papers, contributed to a number of volumes, and has written fifteen books. She currently lives in Australia.


Lesley Rogers, Ph.D., D.Sc.

Lesley Rogers, Ph.D., D.Sc., is a leading neiroscientist and ethnologist, and is the author of several scientific papers and books, including Sexing the Brain. Together with Gisela Kaplan, she has published many higly acclaimed books on animal behavior. She lives in Australia.

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