Cognition & Reality

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Genes And The Mind: Radical Disinformation

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtone @ 10:42 am

Although there is no central agency or individual involved, there has long been a campaign to persuade society that human behavior reflects inherited characteristics and that it can be explained biochemically. So successful has this campaign been that the heretability of personality and of mental disorders is taken for granted almost everywhere. “We know” that personality is genetically determined. “We know” that mental “diseases” such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are “genetically based.” The extent to which these conjectures, riven with assumptions about the state of the world, have become conventional wisdom should scare anyone willing to examine the facts, which do not, by and large, support these widely accepted conclusions. I think Mao said something about repeating something until it becomes the truth. It works.

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