And What They Tell Us About Who We Are

Book - 1997
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"Twins threaten us because they undermine our notion of identity. We think we are who we are because of the life we have lived. We think we form the character and values of our children by the way we raise them.? But when we read about twins who have been separated at birth and reunited in middle age only to discover that in many respects they have become the same person, it suggests that life is a charade, that the experiences that we presume have shaped us are little more than ornaments or curiosities we have picked up along the way." ?from the text Praise for Lawrence Wright?s Remembering Satan "Thoughtful and gripping." ?Michiko Kakutani The New York Times "Stunning." ?Walter Reich The New York Times Book Review "Catapults Wright to the front rank of American journalists." ?Newsweek

Baker & Taylor
An award-winning writer for The New Yorker magazine builds on the latest investigations into the psychology of twins to demonstrate the unparalleled impact of one's genetic inheritance on one's personality, far outweighing one's family life.

Book News
Reveals implications of research on identical twins and related issues of genetics and cloning that point to a surprisingly large role for genes in determining personality, intelligence, attitudes, and life histories. Much of the discussion draws on research on identical twins raised apart and their startling similarities, and on evidence that the most important nongenetic factors in determining identity are experiences outside the family. For general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Draws on recent studies of twins--particularly identical twins who were separated at birth and raised in different environments--to reveal what effect genetics plays in shaping an individual's intelligence, personality, and behavior

Publisher: New York : J. Wiley, 1997
ISBN: 9780471252207
Characteristics: vi, 202 p. ; 23 cm


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