- Hardcover: 338 pages
- Publisher: Overlook Press (1 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 146830660X
- ISBN-13: 978-1468306606
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3 x 21 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Identically Different: Why We Can Change Our Genes Hardcover – 1 Aug 2013
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"Spector will get you through many dinner parties. But, much more importantly, he will show how a certain kind of scientific fundamentalism collapsed under the burden of its inability to explain the world as it is Read him." --"Sunday Times""
About the Author
Tim Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London and a consultant physician at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital. He set up the Twins UK register in 1993, the largest of its kind in the world, which he continues to direct. He has won numerous academic awards and published more than five hundred academic papers. He has appeared in numerous television documentaries and is often interviewed by the media on his team's research.
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The author dismisses (rightfully so) much of the pseudoscience in the diet industry, but then he very uncritically presents the very controversial data regarding transgenerational inheritance in mammals, including humans, as if this is somehow accepted and not controversial. He cites many underpowered studies that do not readily prove his case, and much of his writing is overly simplistic and further propagates the “gene for” meme. The author then really goes off the rails with wild speculations regarding heritability in terms of homosexuality (“gay genes”) and other sexual traits.
This is not a scholarly book by any means, and if you buy it, please read it with substantial skepticism. There were a few useful points and citations sprinkled among the rest of the speculative and frankly pseudoscientific material in the book, so this is why I gave it a 2 rather than a 1. I had really hoped that this author would write a scholarly and well-referenced, critical book in this area, but this is basically just wild, rampant speculation.