Anecdotal evidence dulls science's edge

Beyond Human Nature: How Culture and Experience Shape Our Lives by Jesse J Prinz. Allen Lane, €27.70. Reviewed by Kevin Power.

29th January, 2012
Anecdotal evidence dulls science's edge
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Beyond Human Nature: How Culture and Experience Shape Our Lives by Jesse J Prinz


Jesse Prinz's new book is a contribution to one of the hoariest of philosophical debates: nature versus nurture. In response to a decade or so of headlines announcing the discovery of the "gene for" any number of human psychological traits - from aggression to schizophrenia to homosexuality - Prinz articulates what he describes as the 'nurturist' position: "Each of us is...

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