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Evil genes made me do it
Date:10/8/2007

ges of the working brain to provide startling support for the idea that evil people act the way they do mainly as the result of certain dysfunctions, some of which have a genetic basis. But there are unexpected fringe benefits to "Evil Genes." We may not like thembut we literally cant live without them. The recent dramatic findings presented in "Evil Genes" illuminate not only the eerily similar behavior of dictators far afield, such as Hitler, Mao, and Milosevic, but aspects of politics at home, as well as business, religion, and everyday life. As Terrance Deacon, Professor of Biological Anthropology and Neuroscience at UC Berkeley, says, shining this light on some of the most problematic figures of our erachallenges our assumptions about the roots of terrorism, genocide, crime, corruptionand even the sinister sides of politics, business, and religion.

In fact, history has been shaped by the strange confluence of genes and environment that science is just now beginning to understand. Oakley links the latest findings of molecular research to a wide array of seemingly unrelated historical and current phenomena, from the harems of the Ottomans and the chummy jokes of Uncle Joe Stalin, to the remarkable memory of investor Warren Buffett.

William A. Wulf, President Emeritus, National Academy of Engineering, says, Oakley deftly moves through psychology, functional brain imagery, and molecular biology to weave a compelling and provocative case for a genetic base for evil. 'Scientific non-fiction' and 'page turner' arent two phrases Id expect in the same sentence, but for the remarkable "Evil Genes", they fit.

"Evil Genes" is a tour-de-force of popular science writing that brilliantly melds scientific research with intriguing family history and puts both a human and scientific face to evil.

Barbara Oakley, PhD, a female Indiana Jones, is one of the few women to hold a doctorate in systems engineering. She chronicled her adventures on So
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