Genes Quotes

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Bill Watterson
“I have all these great genes, but they're recessive. That's the problem here.”
Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

Adam Rutherford
“When you have only ever experienced privilege, equality feels like oppression.”
Adam Rutherford, How to Argue With a Racist: History, Science, Race and Reality

Christopher Moore
“I think there was always some scrawny dreamer sitting at the edge of the firelight, who had the ability to imagine dangers, to look into the future in his imagination and see possibilities, and therefore survived to pass his genes on to the next generation. ”
Christopher Moore, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

Steven Pinker
“Of course genes can’t pull the levers of our behavior directly. But they affect the wiring and workings of the brain, and the brain is the seat of our drives, temperaments and patterns of thought. Each of us is dealt a unique hand of tastes and aptitudes, like curiosity, ambition, empathy, a thirst for novelty or for security, a comfort level with the social or the mechanical or the abstract. Some opportunities we come across click with our constitutions and set us along a path in life.”
Steven Pinker

Matt Ridley
“In a massive, long-term study of 17,000 civil servants, an almost unbelievable conclusion emerged: the status of a person's job was more likely to predict their likelihood of a heart attack than obesity, smoking or high blood pressure.”
Matt Ridley, Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

Kamila Shamsie
“Those Genes Could Have Been Mine”
Kamila Shamsie, Kartography
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Siddhartha Mukherjee
“Illness might progressively vanish so might identity. Grief might be diminished, but so might tenderness. Traumas might be erased but so might history. Infirmities might disappear, but so might vulnerability. Chance would become mitigated, but so, inevitably, would choice.”
Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Gene: An Intimate History

Jonathan Haidt
“People don’t adopt their ideologies at random, or by soaking up whatever ideas are around them. People whose genes gave them brains that get a special pleasure from novelty, variety, and diversity, while simultaneously being less sensitive to signs of threat, are predisposed (but not predestined) to become liberals. They tend to develop certain “characteristic adaptations” and “life narratives” that make them resonate—unconsciously and intuitively—with the grand narratives told by political movements on the left (such as the liberal progress narrative). People whose genes give them brains with the opposite settings are predisposed, for the same reasons, to resonate with the grand narratives of the right (such as the Reagan narrative).
Once people join a political team, they get ensnared in its moral matrix. They see confirmation of their grand narrative everywhere, and it’s difficult—perhaps impossible—to convince them that they are wrong if you argue with them from outside of their matrix. I suggested that liberals might have even more difficulty understanding conservatives than the other way around, because liberals often have difficulty understanding how the Loyalty, Authority, and Sanctity foundations have anything to do with morality. In particular, liberals often have difficulty seeing moral capital, which I defined as the resources that sustain a moral community.”
Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

A.J.  Jacobs
“The strange fact that out of millions of people in the world, your mother and father met and decided to get married to each other. And out of the millions of sperm, that the one with your genes was the one that made it to the egg and fertilised the egg. I'll never forget it.”
A.J. Jacobs, Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

Nadia Owusu
“A study from New York's Mount Sinai Hospital found that genetic changes stemming from the trauma suffered by Holocaust survivors were capable of being passed on to their children. Our genes change all the time when chemical tags attach themselves to the DNA and turn genes on or off. The study found that some of these tags--found in the genes of those survivors -- were also found in their children. The changes led to an increased incidence of stress disorders. This passing down of environmentally altered genes is called *epigenetic inheritance.*”
Nadia Owusu, Aftershocks

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Because of ignorance, we often attribute to good genes—and therefore good luck—fruits of things such as exercise, reading, meditation, and fasting.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Richard Powers
“He read what he could find—the distilled knowledge of hundreds of experts. He couldn’t follow all the physiology. The body had evolved to feel fear, hope, thrill, and peace in the presence of certain semi-ordered vibrations; no one knew why. It made no sense that a few staggered chords could make the brain love an unmet stranger or grieve for friends who hadn’t died. Nobody could say why Barber moved listeners and Babbitt didn’t, or whether an infant might be raised to weep at Carter. But all the experts agreed that waves of compressed air falling on the eardrum touched off chain reactions that flooded the body in signals and even changed the expression of genes.”
Richard Powers, Orfeo

Guy P. Harrison
“When we transitioned to a species that relies so heavily on cognitive abilities, we became the most powerful and profoundly weird creatures of all time. Right now, more than 7.6 billion people carry inside their heads a three-pound blob of magic, an electrochemical storm of genius and creative madness that is unprecedented and unsurpassed in this planet’s 4.5 billion years of natural history. This is who humans became long ago, and this is who you are now. You are one more unique link in a long, living chain of fantastic inventiveness and brilliant imagination.”
Guy P. Harrison, At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life

Mindy Friddle
“Her face was soft now, damp from the steam of my bath and the heat of her news. Her eyebrows were as white as cornsilk, her eyelashes clear. My sister had a certain pale, bright beauty, while I was an almost blonde, a shadowy hybrid. Ginnie was willowy and golden, I was shorter and freckled. I imagined our in utero tug-of-war. How she had seized all those pale, paternal Scandinavian genes, pulled at those chromosomes until they stretched like taffy.”
Mindy Friddle, The Garden Angel

“We share about 96 percent of our genes with chimpanzees and as much as 60 percent with bananas.”
Clegg Brian, Ten Patterns That Explain the Universe

Ezra Claytan Daniels
“Who would you be if you had somehow avoided every tenacious impediment in the invisible bacterial obstacle course of your daily life? Or what if, through some miracle of science...there was a way to cleanse the detritus that has cumulatively contaminated your genes since before you were even born? Who would you be today? Would you be the same person; the same unique individual? Or would you be something more?”
Ezra Claytan Daniels, Upgrade Soul

“For double X humans, our motley nature is usually less obvious, but we are genetic calicos. Every cell hosting a dormant sister. Every cell with the echo of what it could've been.

Inside each of us, another animal, sleeping.”
Jess Zimmerman, Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology

Richard Dawkins
“An itinerant selfish gene
Said ‘Bodies a-plenty I’ve seen.
You think you’re so clever
But I’ll live for ever.
You’re just a survival machine.”
Richard Dawkins, The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution

Richard Dawkins
“An itinerant selfish gene
Said ‘Bodies a plenty I’ve seen.
You think you’re so clever
But I’ll live for ever.
You’re just a survival machine.”
Richard Dawkins, The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution

“Wolves as symbols of wilderness are so culturally important that we humans will go to great lengths to protect the species purity, even if doing so involves restricting the freedom of actual animals. Wildness is often defined as that which is not controlled, but paradoxically, in order to protect the 'wildness' of the wolf gene pool, individual wolves must be controlled.”
Emma Marris, Wild Souls: Freedom and Flourishing in the Non-Human World

“some of these genetic ancestry tests which proport to find race in your genes but, in fact, have to presume that race already lives in your genes in order to then find it there. If you understand race to be something historically constructed, then it doesn’t live in your genes.

(4/10/2020 on Vocal Fries podcast)”
Jonathan Rosa

“Evidence for this theory comes from the finding that every species seems to have a genetically determined maximum lifespan. While the average life expectancy for humans has increased, the maximum lifespan has remained stable (approximately 120 years). There is also research to suggest that at an early age, our genes trigger hormonal changes in the brain and regulate the cellular reproduction and repair process. At some point in the process, the genes that promote growth are 'switched off,' and those that promote aging are turned on. This leads to a steady decline in the functioning of the body until death occurs. One may see changes not only in physical functioning, but in the cognitive, emotional, and psychological domains as well.”
Aisha Utz, Psychology from the Islamic Perspective

Steven Magee
“The aging process can be cruel to some people.”
Steven Magee

Franciska Soares
“Memory. Genes. That’s how life spoke to the future. The story that never ends – it’s the art of survival.”
Franciska Soares, They Whisper in my Blood

James Gleick
“En el juego de la supervivencia algunos vehículos juegan mejor, maniobran mejor, y se propagan mejor que otros.”
James Gleick, The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

Saul Bellow
“In middle age you no longer thought such thoughts about free choice. Then it came over you that from one grandfather you had inherited such and such a head of hair which looked like honey when it whitens or sugars in the jar; from another, broad thick shoulders; an oddity of speech from one uncle, and small teeth from another, and the gray eyes with darkness diffused even into the whites, and a wide-lipped mouth like a statue from Peru. Wandering races have such looks, the bones of one tribe, the skin of another. From his mother he had gotten sensitive feelings, a soft heart, a brooding nature, a tendency to be confused under pressure.”
Saul Bellow, Seize the Day

“The real hard problem of consciousness is that consciousness does not intrinsically belong to you. It is something added to the individual by the group. No one is born conscious. Consciousness is learned, acquired, taught. Consciousness depends entirely on socialization. It has nothing to do with the individual and individualism. Humanity has never faced up to the implications of this. Consciousness is a cultural addition to biology. It’s about memes (culture) added to genes (biology).”
Rob Armstrong, The Ordinary Necromancers: The Science of Ouija

“Language is the basis of culture and consciousness, so, once humans had language, they became capable of using culture to override biology (using memes to drive humanity rather than genes; using idea mutations rather than gene mutations) and thus freed humanity from animalism and instinct. The new dawn of consciousness, culture and knowledge had arrived.”
Rob Armstrong, Children See Dead People: Children's Spooky Powers

“The acquisition of language is never treated as what it actually is: a near-miraculous process; the most important thing that ever happens to us. It’s what changes us from unconscious animals into conscious humans. It’s what makes us the masters of the world. It’s what allows memes to overcome genes, culture to overcome mere biology.”
Rob Armstrong, Children See Dead People: Children's Spooky Powers

Dan Desmarques
“A lot of the value attracted comes in the form of people, ideas, and opportunities. We live on a very limiting planet, a prison planet, that also chains us to our genes and thoughts. It requires effort to go beyond all that. And also here people fail when choosing to compete against others rather than their old self - the outdated paradigms. As you grow older, this process gets harder, unless you have accumulated wisdom. A lot of the paradigms we are brainwashed with start at birth, which is why so many people today feel like they are at war with each other. What they see is real, and so they play this game called life, not according to their rules but the rules of others.”
Dan Desmarques

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