Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Not in Our Genes: Biology, Ideology and Human Nature” as Want to Read:
Not in Our Genes: Biology, Ideology and Human Nature
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Not in Our Genes: Biology, Ideology and Human Nature

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  86 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Three eminent scientists analyze the scientific, social, and political roots of biological determinism.
Paperback, 0 pages
Published February 12th 1985 by Pantheon (first published 1984)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Not in Our Genes, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Not in Our Genes

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 279)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Sep 01, 2014 Trevor rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
One day there may well be cures for all manner of illnesses that will be due to our deeper understanding of the way genes work. What there will never be is a genetic explanation for racial diffences. That is because such racial differences simply don't exist.

Not only does this book show that genetic explanations for racial differences are just so much pseudo-scientific rubbish, but it also explains, in remarkably simple language, some of the problems with linking 'causes' with 'effects'. The de
Ruby Hollyberry
Read this many years ago. The entire book is pretty much an answer to too much sociobiology and genetic determinism in some scientific circles at the time. Well, their enemies seem to have survived them. Nature vs. nurture seems to still be going on full steam, with folks on both sides and many more in the middle. These are the nurture guys. But mostly what I remember about the book was the vehement attacks on the purists on the genetic side. What they're saying is largely true: there is a dange ...more
Sanabel Atya

كالعادة..مثل هذه الكتب تأخذ من وقتي الكثير

مغزى الكتاب –كما أرى- إثبات سُخف البيولوجية الحتمية عند تطبيقها على البشر، وإثبات أن البشر متأثرون بجيناتهم وبالبيئة المحيطة بهم، ومُؤثرون بالبيئة في المقابل. وهذه هي حقائق العلم اليوم.


فلتسقط الحتمية البيولوجية، والحتمية الثقافية أيضاً. ويا لسخف علماء القرن الماضي-رغم ما قدموه لنا-
استغلوا البيولوجية الحتمة والقائلة بأن الطبيعة البشرية مثبتة بجيناتنا، بأن مارسوا العنصرية بين الأبيض وغيره من البشر،على أساس أن غير البيض هم اقل ذكاء، وما إلى ذلك
Fantastic book, challenging the claims of sociobiology and IQ studies head-on and highlighting the political aspects of science that claims to be objective but is as politicised as hell!
A really important book for anyone that thinks the socio-politico-economic status quo is based on innate biological factors. This is the antidote to sociobiology...
Oct 18, 2007 Kate marked it as to-read
Recommended in Government 72: Human Nature and Politics taught by Professor Roger Masters.
Bryn Hammond
Bryn Hammond marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2014
Nikki marked it as to-read
Dec 12, 2014
The Ninja Squirrel
The Ninja Squirrel marked it as to-read
Dec 04, 2014
Paige marked it as to-read
Nov 26, 2014
Robert marked it as to-read
Nov 26, 2014
Niamh May
Niamh May marked it as to-read
Nov 24, 2014
Ben marked it as to-read
Nov 03, 2014
Neil marked it as to-read
Oct 26, 2014
Bonnomira marked it as to-read
Oct 20, 2014
Danielle marked it as to-read
Oct 11, 2014
Aslıhan marked it as to-read
Sep 27, 2014
Dolor Nocturno
Dolor Nocturno marked it as to-read
Sep 24, 2014
Brandy marked it as to-read
Sep 09, 2014
Tristan marked it as to-read
Aug 15, 2014
Lisa marked it as to-read
Aug 14, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Trotsky for Beginners
  • The Cult of Personality: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves
  • Minds, Brains and Science (1984 Reith Lectures)
  • A Natural History of Seeing: The Art and Science of Vision
  • Gilles Deleuze
  • Cold New World: Growing Up in Harder Country
  • Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design
  • Practical Reason: On the Theory of Action
  • The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making
  • Evolution
  • Good to Eat: Riddles of Food and Culture
  • Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things
  • Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class
  • The Emerging Mind: Reith lectures 2003
  • Suckers: How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools of Us All
  • The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals
  • Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster
  • The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality
Evolutionary biologist, geneticist and social commentator. Leaded the development of the mathematical basis of population genetics and evolutionary theory. Held an endowed chair in zoology and biology at Harvard University from 1973 to 1998, and since 2003 has been a research professor there.
More about Richard C. Lewontin...
Biology as Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA The Triple Helix: Gene, Organism and Environment It Ain't Necessarily So: The Dream of the Human Genome and Other Illusions Biology Under the Influence: Dialectical Essays on Ecology, Agriculture, and Health Human Diversity

Share This Book