I was nervous about this book, having been rather thrown by some strange sexist assumptions in "The Red Queen" (Did you know that it's a genetic precondition that men like cheeseburgers and beer and women don't? I was unable to locate any kind of academic reference in the notes or bibliography to this little factoid - I can only assume its Ridley's opinion). On the other hand, the nature/nurture debate fascinates me endlessly, and the possibilities inherent in unlocking the genome are staggering.
I enjoyed this a great deal, and approved of the tack that genetic predetermination is not any more constraining than the way that one is raised or socialised. The discussion on sex genes was illuminating (why is the Y chromosome nearly empty?) and the effect of genes on personality also made for intriguing reading.
I would recommend this to anyone even slightly interested in this subject, as it was a good read that did not demand much in the way of technical knowledge (I wouldn't necessarily say *no* technical knowledge).