Throughtout, the authors focus on two basic concerns: the quality of the science behind behavioral genetic claims and the need to formulate an apporpriate, ethically defensible response when science turns out to be good. This book [is] a top priority for any person, lay or academic, working or studying in this complex field. --Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics
This book on culture and biology, written by a distinguished group of contributors, is the best introduction to behavioral genetics that I have read. The varying viewpoints about an emerging new discipline which will affect all of us are presented with such clarity that Behavioral Genetics: The Clash of Culture and Biology should appeal to the general public and serve as a basic text for college courses. -- Jay Katz, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor Emeritus of Law, Medicine, and Psychiatry, Harvey L. Karp Professiorial Lecturer in Law and Psychoanalysis, Yale Law School
Scientists conducting human genome research are identifying genetic disorders and traits at an accelerating rate. Genetic factors in human behavior appear particularly complex and slow to emerge, yet have begun raising their own set of difficult ethical, legal, and social issues. In this volume, Ronald Carson and Mark Rothstein bring together well-known experts from the fields of genetics, ethics, neurosciences, psychiatry, sociology, and law to address the cultural, legal, and biological underpinnings of behavioral genetics. The authors discuss a broad range of topics, including the ethical questions arising from gene therapy and screening, molecular research in psychiatry, and the legal ramifications and social consequences of behavioral genetic information. Throughout, they focus on two basic concerns: the quality of the science behind behavioral genetic claims and the need to formulate an appropriate, ethically defensible response when the science turns out to be good.
At present we have an incomplete genetic inventory of the brain and hence of the consequences for brain assembly, homeostatic adaptation, ability and desire to learn, and whatever goes into resilience to internal and external stressors. Nevertheless, this ignorance is slowly being reduced, and the only clash I see is with those who would take the view that the rich biology of the brain is irrelevant to the causes of mental diseases, or to their cure or ultimate prevention... As this book amply demonstrates, there are many contrasting views and much data to be gathered if contrasting views of the causes of behavioral disorders are to be unified. -- from the Foreword by Floyd E. Bloom, M.D.
Assertions of a genetic link to thrill seeking, aggression, nurturing, aging, the development of language and social skills in women, handedness, and food pall have been announced recently. Sexual orientation, alcoholism and other addictive behavior, and intelligence have surfaced to varying degrees as well. Our individual and collective responses to these emerging scientific claims will go to the heart of future societal and human relations. -- from the Preface