Behaving: What's Genetic, What's Not, and Why Should We Care?

2016.08.32 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kenneth F. Schaffner, Behaving: What's Genetic, What's Not, and Why Should We Care?, Oxford University Press, 2016, 287pp.,
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2016.08.32 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kenneth F. Schaffner, Behaving: What's Genetic, What's Not, and Why Should We Care?, Oxford University Press, 2016, 287pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780195171402. Reviewed by Jonathan Kaplan, Oregon State University Kenneth F. Schaffner's book aims to bring the reader up-to-date on some of the philosophical issues that surround behavior genetics (especially human behavior genetics) and psychiatric genetics (a closely related field). Doing this requires that Schaffner bring the reader up-to-date on some of recent work in behavior genetics more generally, including several chapters whose primary goal is familiarizing the reader with some of the basics of behavioral genetics and development in C. elegans ("the worm"). One major theme is "reductionism" -- in what way(s) can behavior be explained by "lower level" phenomena? Can we explain (in whole or in part) and/or predict, particular behaviors on the basis of. . .

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