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Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are

Published today — this should get some regressive knickers in a twist. In the past century, the tradition of Freudian psychology popularized the idea that our psychological dispositions could be traced to formative childhood experiences. In many areas of modern academic sociology and psychology this belief is still widespread, though it has been extended to…

Double helix

65 years ago today Watson and Crick discovered the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Alec StokesBiologyDNAFrancis Crickgeneticsjames watsonRosalind Franklinscience

Exploring religion, genetics & identity by Tudor Parfitt

The very excellent Tudor Parfitt whose work I have been following for about 30 years gives an overview of his fascinating DNA trails. If you can catch his programmes on PBS do so. Also check out his recent book Black Jews in Africa and the Americas. Looking forward to his new project studying the “Conversos” and early Jewish life…