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  • DNA Is Not Destiny

  • The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship Between You and Your Genes
  • By: Steven J. Heine
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Around 250,000 people have had their genomes sequenced, and scientists expect that number to rise to one billion by 2025. Professor Steven J. Heine argues that the first thing we will do on receiving our DNA test results is to misinterpret them completely. Despite breathless (often lightly researched) media coverage about newly discovered "cancer" or "divorce" or "IQ" genes, the prospect of a DNA test forecasting how your life is going to turn out is vanishingly small.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Understanding and Moderating the Hype of Genetics

  • By Falcon69 on 08-23-17

Skeptics Guide to Genetic Essentialist thinking

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-17

Anyone wanting to arm themselves with a thorough understanding of the actual influence of Genetics should read this book. I was impressed with the author's clear explanation of both how the genome works and more enthusiastically how society's thinking of Genetics often paint a poor and inaccurate picture of the reality. I was also quite intrigued by the subtle yet undeniable connection between most people's Essentialist thinking and the world's dangerous experiment with Eugenics a century ago. The following is one of many quotes that help with perspective. "Genes aren't for (causing) anything at all. Even the HTT Gene with its very strong association with Huntington's disease is not for causing Huntington's. Calling the HTT Gene the Huntington's Gene is like answering the question 'What are prostates for? They're for getting prostate cancer!'"

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Artificial Maturity

  • Helping Kids Meet the Challenge of Becoming Authentic Adults
  • By: Tim Elmore
  • Narrated by: Arte Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Today's Generation iY (teens brought up with the Internet) and Homelanders (children born after 9/11) are overexposed to information at an earlier age than ever and paradoxically are underexposed to meaningful relationships and real-life experiences. Artificial Maturity addresses the problem of what to do when parents and teachers mistake children's superficial knowledge for real maturity. The audiobook is filled with practical steps that adults can take to furnish the experiences kids need to balance their abilities with authentic maturity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much to ponder

  • By ALove on 06-14-17

Worthy of serious consideration

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-15

I hesitate to give a review as if I am an expert qualified to critique anyone. I possess no illusions of objectivity. I can only speak from my own experience. I really did enjoy the very thought provoking and beneficial counsel. I personally would have enjoyed some attention to the implication of adolescent dating that is so prevalent in our society today.