[[ Epub ]] ➚ The Science of Fate: Why Your Future is More Predictable Than You Think Author Hannah Critchlow – Tactical-player.co.uk

The Science of Fate: Why Your Future is More Predictable Than You Think Last year, I reviewed a book on the ineluctable power of DNA to shape our destiny, finding it disturbing and dangerous, gleefully extolling, as it did, the possibiity of our being able to determine whether our children would grow up to be undesirables, mediocrities or geniuses and even one day to do something about it if, perhaps, we could afford But apparently DNA isn t in total control Dr Critchlow explains how we can be similarly forced into one destiny or another by a heady mixture of various aspects of nurture and nature which hard wire our brains and in this case the author does at least address, and at some length, the disturbing implications of discoveries which may enable us to predict our futures and modify ourselves accordingly Towards the beginning of the book, she suggests that we shall need to decide collectively how to manage such issues but whilst I praise Dr Critchlow for for her good intentions and for highlightng the implications of her work you really should know about them I fear that this is a pipe dream society is not structured in a way conducive to that end As she herself explains so well, our attitude to the developments she describes is likely to be conditioned by the vagaries of our national leaders DNA and hardwired brains, including unstable ones, rather than by what many of us would consider prudence, common sense, or fairness You could in fact say say that we need to be neurobiologically modified before we can manage neurobiological modification.In stark contrast, we are driven by our innate curiousity into a self destructive habit of inventing or discovering things with the capability to destroy our species or at best create harm, and then failing to manage them globally international misuse of oil, coal, gas, and natural resources, nuclear fission fusion, the internal combustion engine, the power of flight, plastic, recreational drugs, tobacco and alcohol, and not least the internet, cause untold damage to our world and its people, and I have no doubt that ingenious ways will be found to do the same with gene editing and neurobiological manipulation, deliberately or otherwise.My remarks have concentrated on issues that concern me the most, but reflect only a limited aspect of the book which is in fact a very wide ranging work, of that genre that seeks to bring together the threads of disparate, narrowly specialised research to create a general picture of where our species might be headed For example, on the bright side, I could mention that it will be particularly helpful to families with children although perhaps not those most in need of help it explains what we might do or avoid doing to promote our babies best brain development, and just why our teenagers reckless irresponsibility and disregard of their elders is simply a transient phase of normal, biological development, and nothing to really worry about even teenage rats have been found to hang around in gangs and get drunk, she tells us except.I note, gloomily, she also tells us that personality traits developed in childhood and youth remain fixed my old Granny once said of a ten year old playmate of mine You can see he s in for a bad end 10 years later he was convicted of murder Perhaps a peek into his brain s neural networks now on the cards and the analysis of his DNA already an established practice would have foretold his likely destiny with equal accuracy and dependability but how would you then use this certain knowledge There are some things we are better off not knowing, because our species is not yet sufficiently mature, or our society sufficiently cohesive or controlled at the highest levels, to deal appropriately with many of the things we are making and discovering and there s plenty of evidence of this, helpfully gathered together by authors like the amiable Dr Critchlow, a newish mother herself, who writes nicely, her work being eminently readable, fearsomely absorbing, and reeking of intellect It s another of those books that everybody could read with advantage, especially politicians and would be politicians But I fear it will do no good in the end Curiousity doesn t only kill cats.If you would like to be further depressed by the mounting implications of the uncontrolled exercise of human curiousity, ingenuity and skill, I recommend, on this general theme, such recent works as Do robots make Love Ignore this silly title it s not about that Blueprint How DNA makes us Who We Are See first paragraph , The Human Planet how we created the anthropocene and The Uninhabitable Earth A Story of the Future which I m currently reading, and will review shortly.There are others, easily found on Your DNA and hardwired brain will doubtless decide the view you take on our future, and what matters now. An interesting book on a very familiar subject but one to be read with caution Like Sam Harris classic account it is convincing particularly if you don t know the counter arguments by, for example, philosophers Despite the work of neuroscientists we still don t know if we humans have free will.The brain according to Critchlow is an electro chemical circuit board, and nothing I could name several famous scientists who would object to being described as a fleshy robot The reference to environmental factors is hardly new Neither are descriptions of experiments with mice who gave birth to babies terrified of the smell of cherries.Hannah denies the concept of unlimited agency and capability and argues we are preprogrammed machines In brief, we are the victims of fate Such views paint a picture of human life that is one of bleak biological determinism The most convincing evidence for this view is to be found in the science of obesity.The truth is that despite the evidence for the role of genes in determining behaviour, genes are extremely complex that we still know little about their influence This book says very little about the centuries old debate about free will Hannah grossly exaggerates the impact of neuroscience It is still a very long way from quantum physics.Those readers interested in free will should read the many excellent and objective books on the subject This is undoubtedly a fascinating and engaging book but it is far too deterministic. A poorly written mismash of different ideas I was very disappointed by this book.I strongly suspect there are only good reviews on it to put forward the idea that women are equally talented at science.A sad waste of time and money It S Been The Question That Has Inspired, Stultified And Petrified Humanity Across The Millennia What Is Our Fate From The Goddess Nemesis To The Theory Of Free Will We Ve Struggled Until Now Acute, Mind Opening, Highly Accessible This Book Doesn T Just Explain How Our Lives Might Pan Out, It Helps Us Live Better Bettany Hughes A Humane And Highly Readable Account Of The Neuroscience That Underpins Our Ideas Of Free Will And Fate Professor David Runciman A Truly Fascinating If Unnerving Read The TelegraphAre We Really The Masters Of Our Own Destiny Neuroscientist Hannah Critchlow Shows How Far Our Future Is Already Hardwired In Our Brains Like Sapiens And Thinking Fast And Slow, The Science Of Fate Revolutionises The Way We Understand Our Species And Ourselves

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